John Charles Watson, 62, of Kalamazoo passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at his home.
A memorial service will be held 11:30 AM Friday, November 22, 2019 at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman with Reverend Martin P. Measel officiating. Friends may meet with the family from 10 - 11:30 AM prior to the service. Interment will take place at Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be given to Ministry with Community, 500 N. Edwards Street, Kalamazoo MI 49007. Online condolences accepted at www.PikeFH.com
John was born on November 6, 1956 to George and Evelyn (Hora) Watson. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1975 and from the University of Houston in 1984 with a degree in electrical / mechanical engineering. John was employed by several area companies over the years and by Rapistan Dematic Corporation in Grand Rapids for the bulk of his career. He traveled the country working at many of the nation’s large retailers (Walmart, Kmart, Walgreens, Target, etc.) warehouse distribution centers and airport terminals (O’Hare in Chicago, Stapleton in Denver, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta) working on and overseeing installation of large conveyor systems handling a significant amount of cargo and inventory arriving for distribution to all areas of the country. He was especially proud of his work and often would invite family and friends to visit him at one of the job sites. Many of us have fond memories of being invited and taking a tour with John displaying and explaining his work in a particular facility.
John was a fun-loving individual and the life of any party. He also had a passion for helping people in need and lending a hand of assistance without ever needing to be asked.
Survivors include his two brothers, Thomas (Marie) Watson of Stevensville and James
(Debra) Watson of Hudsonville, nephews Christopher (Deborah), Matthew and Andrew
(Rachael) Watson and niece Holly (David) Bream.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle, Walter Hora and infant niece Kelsey.
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