January 26, 2020

John A. Lincoln

Died Nov. 4, 2018


John A. Lincoln, 85, of Standish passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, with family by his side at home.

John was born April 14, 1933, in Au Gres to the late Walter and Dessie Emeline (nee Whitman) Lincoln. He graduated from Au Gres-Sims in 1951 and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. John served proudly from 1952-1956. He married the former Violet Lydia Schonmeier on Jan. 22, 1955, in Au Gres, and together they began their family. John had been employed by Whipple Studio for 12 years developing photos, worked part-time at Joe’s Electric and retired from Consumers Energy on June 30, 1993, after 24 years of dedicated service. He was actively involved in Little League as a coach and manager, was a charter member of the Standish Lions Club and was a councilman for Standish for 18 years along with serving as mayor for a year. John served many years as a fireman along with being fire chief. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6950 in Linwood and spent a great deal of time collecting John Deere tractors, big and small.

John is survived by his loving wife, Violet; children, Carol (Ron) Freehling of Au Gres, Kenneth (Pamela) Lincoln of Sault Ste. Marie and Keith (Hope) Lincoln of Linwood; grandchildren, April, Kelly, Adam, Jaclyn and Faith; and great-grandchildren, Hailee, Raygen and Adam Jr.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by siblings, Merton, Gilbert and Rosella.

Visitation for John will take place from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, and 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Michigan Ave., Au Gres, MI 48703. Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Larry Seafert officiating with military honors to follow. According to John’s wishes, cremation will follow. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Sims-Whitney Township Cemetery in Au Gres.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Standish Library, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Leader Dogs for the Blind. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


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Bob Kohn

My condolences to the family.

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Doug Terry

John Lincoln was the perfect citizen and gentleman. He and Violet were wonderful neighbors and friends. John was a very thoughtful man with always keeping his community in mind. His tenure as both mayor and city council member can only be recorded and remembered as a great example of how city council members should represent their citizens. Anita and I have such fond memories of Standish and a great part was due to the kindness that John and Violet displayed toward us. John’s mature wisdom gave me direction both personally and professionally that I will always appreciate. The City of Standish is a better place because of John Lincoln and I will always miss his thoughtful friendship.

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