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“Annette & family,So sorry to hear of John's passing. Prayers for peace for you and the comfort of many fond memories. Jan ”
1 of 31 | Posted by: Jan Perkins - Battle Creek, MI

“Annette and family, So sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Love Linda and Larry ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Linds VanBlarcum - Holland, MI

“Annette and family ”
3 of 31 | Posted by: Linda VanBlarcum - Holland, LA

“Sending my condolences ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Stanley Robinson - Delton, MI

“Annette and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Johns passing. I enjoyed my year working with him at Shouldice. Thought and prayer are with you, JUDY...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“I want to express my sympathy to the family and friends. May the God of all comfort be with you, and give you the strength during this difficult time...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“We hope they sent your fishing pole, so you can fish with the Master in heaven. John will be in our hearts and memories forever.Deepest condolences...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead. May loving memories forever hold in your heart. ”
8 of 31 | Posted by: Melanie ( Morris) Douglas - FL

“Dear Annette and family. I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. He was always kind to me during the years we worked together at Shouldice. Please...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Meyer - Newark, DE

“Annette, so sorry to read about the passing of John. Sounds like he was an amazing man! God Bless You and your family. ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Sherry Carney - Battle Creek, MI

“Annette and family,We want to give you our deepest condolences, the Neighborhood is not the same with out you in it, you always helped all of us that...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Michelle Coy - Battle Creek, MI

“AnnetteSo sorry to hear of your loss. We are out of state so unable to come to the funeral but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Deb Buford - East Leroy, MI

“Tom and I were so sorry to hear of Johns passing.he was a great guy, and will leave a lot of good memories for his many friends. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Connie Moffett - Zephyrhills, FL

“Zalner Family, We were very sorry to hear of John's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this time of sorrow. ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Rick & Kate Orlowski - Woodstock, GA

“We met John only a few times. Knowing that he was a loving husband to Annette makes him a friend too. R.I.P. John. Annette may you remember him with...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Donald &Norma Ludlow - MI

16 of 31 | Posted by: Dick Doubleday - Wyoming, MI

“Our sympathy goes out to Annette and the family! We loved John, he was such a positive force, such a.....Good Guy, so fun to be around! John's legacy...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Bob & Dianna Shafer - Lake Forest, CA

“Dear Annette, Tom, Jeff and Family,So very sorry to hear of your loss. What a legacy John leaves in all of you. Sending prayers of condolence and...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Dianna Langenburg - Battle Creek, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John will be remembered for his ready smile and laughter. ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: Keith and Patti Halverson - MI

“Annette and family, so sorry for your loss, your in our thoughts and prayersHe will be missed by many. I remember him bringing donuts to us girls at...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Angie Jones-Bentley - Portage, MI

“Haven't seen John in a couple years, He was an amazing man, always enjoyed talking to him, Annette I am so sorry to hear of your loss, sending...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Margr Link - Charlotte, MI

“My condolences Annette to you and your family. I know John will be greatly missed and I hope you cherish all the loving happy times with wonderful...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Metzler - Altoona, PA

“My dear sweet Uncle John! My heart is broken. My love and prayers to the family ”
23 of 31 | Posted by: Shawna Dingwall - Mount Morris, MI

“Deepest sympathy to the Zalner family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie Orlowski Partenio - Wixom, MI

“My deepest sympathy to you, Annette and your family. ”
25 of 31 | Posted by: Gerri Lyman - Battle Creek, MI

“AnnetteI am sorry for your loss. I know losing John will leave a deep hole in your life. May you find peace in dealing with your loss. My deepest...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Don Thomason - Bonita Springs, FL

“So very sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: Judy Markovich - Battle creek, MI

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you. John was always so warm, friendly and happy. Our condolences to the family. ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Celeste Etheridge - Battle Creek, MI

“Annette, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I just returned home from 6 days in hospital and not getting out yet,so...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Marilyn Glubke - Battle Creek

“Annette, I am so sorry for your loss! I hope you find comfort in your memories and the love and prayers of your friends.Sandi ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Sandi (Moffitt) Buckner - SC

“So sorry to hear John lost his fight. My sympathy goes to the family. Death is the saddest part of life. ”
31 of 31 | Posted by: Sandi Nowicki - Bradenton, FL

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With his wife, Annette, holding his hand, John E. Zalner, 77, of Battle Creek, went to be with Jesus on January 2, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. John was born on December 20, 1941 in Jackson, MI to Stanley and Marie (Taylor) Zalner. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1960. He then graduated from Sheet Metal Journeyman School. After working in the business for over 35 years, John retired in 1998 from Shouldice Brothers as General Superintendent.

John married the love of his life, Annette L. (Evans) in March, 1977, who survives. John is also survived by two sons, Thomas J. (Wendy) and Jeffrey M. (Courtney); a step-son, Chad M. (Angie) Hiltner; four wonderful grandchildren, Kali, Jessica (Derrick), Brock and Kyle; step-grandchildren, Addison, Derek and Megan; a great-granddaugther, Parker Ann and another on the way; a brother, Stanley (Dawn); a sister, Judy (Ed) Conkell and two sisters-in-law, Carol Zalner and Beth Anderson.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Thomas Zalner.

John was an avid fisherman, spending happy days on his boat at Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay with his fishing pals. He spent countless hours in his barn tinkering, building various metal and wood projects and maintaining his big boy toys. His yard was his pride and joy, from his manicured lawn to his flower gardens and his love of a vegetable garden. He loved playing with his grandchildren and cheering them on at their sporting events – He was a super "PAPA."

John was a giver. He went throughout the neighborhood to help anyone he could; from plowing their driveway, mowing their lawn or helping with a project. He will be truly missed.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral services to celebrate John's life will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the Human Society of South Central Michigan.

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