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John Jay Lichty
  • Sturgis District Library
    255 North Street
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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John Jay Lichty, 95 years old, died at Porter Hills Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, May 11. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, he enriched the lives of all who knew him.
Preceding him in death were his greatly loved wife with whom he shared 66 years of marriage, Nadyne Poynter Lichty; son, Jeffrey Scott Lichty; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Jim Gleason; brother-in-law, Ralph Culbertson; great grandson, Matthew; and other relatives and close friends.
He is survived and mourned by his children: John Robert Lichty; Leanne Lichty Schoenherr; Mary (Dave) Lichty Gebhardt; his grandchildren: Debra Lichty; David (Kerry) Lichty; Daniel (Treva) Lichty; Anna VanDis; Katherine (Ormond) VanDis Moore; Jay (Sarah) Schoenherr; Sarah Gebhardt; Alexander Gebhardt; his great-grandchildren: Heather, Chelsea, Elijah, Hannah, Caleb, Braydon, Una, Cole, Dean, Judah, Ada May; as well as several great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Ann "Midge" Culbertson; many nieces and nephews and other good friends and associates.
John, (most often called Jay by his wife and relatives) was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio by his parents, Mabel and Rudy Lichty, now deceased. He met the love of his life, Nadyne Poynter (his next door neighbor) while in high school there, attended two years of college at University of Michigan, joined the Army Infantry in 1942 during World War II, and married Nadyne while stationed in Eugene, Oregon in 1943. After serving in the Air Corps for the duration of the war, he and his family returned to the University of Michigan where he finished his degree.
After working briefly for the newly formed Social Security office in Kalamazoo, MI, John joined the Kirsch Company and relocated with his growing family to Sturgis, Michigan in 1949. The Kirsch Company proved a good fit for John and he worked as the Director of Advertising, Sales Promotion and Publishing until his retirement in 1982. While at the Kirsch Company, John started and published the award winning Window Coverings magazine for which the Company was particularly noted. He also planned and supervised numerous print and television advertisements both here and abroad.
After retiring from Kirsch, John operated his own advertising/marketing firm with clients in both Michigan and the North Palm Beach, FL areas, where he later also became Senior Editor of the L.C. Clark Publishing Company of North Palm Beach. He wrote numerous magazine articles and manuals there until his (2nd) retirement at age 82 in 2003 when he received a national award for "Fifty years of Advertising and Marketing leadership in the window coverings industry."
Sturgis proved to be a good fit for John and Nadyne where they raised their family and became leaders in the community. At various points, John served as President of the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Board of Governors of the Southern Michigan Library Cooperative and was a 30 year Trustee of the Sturgis Library. He also worked for several other community organizations including the Sturgis United Fund, the Sturgis Exchange Club and the Sturgis Historical Society. John also greatly enjoyed golfing and swing music and dancing, and he and Nadyne were active participants in the Klinger Lake Country Club for many years.
During his time working with Clark Publishing and after retiring from there, John and Nadyne divided their time between Jupiter, Florida and Lake James, Indiana. John greatly enjoyed the year-round warm weather! He and Nadyne both loved their life in Florida and summers at Lake James, but they always kept in touch with friends in Sturgis, and in 2003 decided to return to Sturgis full time, where they lived until Nadyne's death in 2009.
After that, without his beloved Nadyne, and with no children left in the area, John decided it would be best to relocate to Grand Rapids, MI. He enjoyed attending Grand Rapids area events and attractions with his children and grandchildren and also enjoyed the company and activities of Porter Hills Retirement Community. Last August he happily attended a 95th birthday party in his honor with all of his closest relatives present. It was a very special day for all.
The family is extremely grateful for the wonderful care and kindnesses the Porter Hills staff gave our Dad during all his years there, and especially during the last year when his health seriously deteriorated. They have been a great blessing to him and to us. We also wish to thank the amazing people that work with Emanuel Hospice in Grand Rapids who further provided such caring comfort and support.
We all feel very blessed to have had such caring parents and grandparents who gave so much of themselves to us and to others. John's helping hand, wit and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all. May he and Nadyne now Rest In Peace together.
In accordance with John's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Lichty will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. The Rev. Michael Wicks of the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis will officiate. Burial of the ashes will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis, has been entrusted with all arrangements.
The family requests that anyone wishing to make a Memorial contribution in John's name, kindly consider the University of Michigan Alumni Association, 200 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor MI 48109,; the Sturgis Public Library, 255 North St., Sturgis, Michigan, 49091; or The Porter Hills Foundation, Porter Hills Retirement Community, 4450 Cascade Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546;
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