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    206 W. Main St., Po>o. Box 91
    Burr Oak, MI 49030
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“Sorry for your loss, Ellie. Our prayers are with you. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Nate & Deana Stayner - Angola, IN

“Todd and Nancy - sincere condolences from your Surrey Court neighbors. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Jan Mikolashek - Alexandria, VA

“So sorry to hear of John's passing I have many fond memories of John and Ellie as youth sponsors for MYF in Fremont. Later my daughter became...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear of John, passing, John and I have many fond memories of the good old days working at INDOT. Ron Renkenberger ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ron Renkenbrger

“My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. John worked with my Mother and Father (Erwin and Virginia German) at INDOT. Growing up I...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Carma Foster - Laketon, IN

“Oh Big John, it makes me sad to see that you passed but, oh the heavens are happy to welcome the man with the gladiolas!I already miss John not...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Diane Keefer - Fort Wayne, IN

“I worked with John in Traffic at INDOT as a signal tech for 15 years. Whit my electronic experience, he would fix me up with things he had in the...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Gene Biberstein - Bluffton, IN

“So sorry, Ellie, to hear of John's passing. But I suspect he's already cornered the Cary boys up there and they've discussed the Civil War battles!...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Margaret Hobson

“John was a man with big heart. Willing to help and give his time to anyone in need. We worked together for many years to solve traffic engineering...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Ben Shaffer - Venice, FL

“sorry for your loss. May you draw close to our loving God by reading his word and find comfort in the hope that he gives us all of seeing our loved...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Ellie, I am so sorry. You and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. love you. Marci ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Marci Cary - Tucson, AZ - Family

“You will be missed, Uncle John. Thinking of you, Aunt Ellie and all the cousins. Hugs ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Kim Cary - Fort Wayne, IN

“Remembering the time John came bringing Warren a whole bunch of CD'S of a big variety of music he copied for Warren......Warren was so excited John...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Brenda Bennett - Bronson, MI


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15 of 17 | Posted by: Tina Miller

“Oh dear Eleanor, how sorry to see that John has passed away. All my sympathy and love to you and yours. Dave Large ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Dave Large - Midwest City, OK

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI


John Richard Cary, age 85, of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at his home.
He was born August 3, 1931 in Kendallville, IN a son to the late John Russell and Ruby (Riehm) Cary.
John was a veteran of the U.S.Navy, serving from 1951 – 1955, he was stationed with the "Blimp" Navy in Weeksville, NC and was also an air crewman on the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt Air Craft Carrier.
On April 30, 1955 at the Sturgis United Methodist Church he married Eleanor Rerick.
They resided at Lake George just north of Angola, IN from 1968 – 1999 when they moved to the farm south of Burr Oak, MI.
John graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1950 and from Tri-State College with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked his entire career for the Indiana Department of Transportation both as a civil engineer and a traffic engineer.
He was a member of the Burr Oak United Methodist Church and enjoyed fixing cars, cutting gladiola's, and woodworking.
Surviving are his wife: Eleanor; 2 sons: Todd Howard (Nancy) Cary of Alexandria,VA and Jay C.Cary of Orlando, FL; 1 daughter: Julie Dee (Mark) Ankenbruck of Ft. Wayne, IN; 4 grandchildren: Major Justin (Kyla) Ankenbruck of Del Rio, TX, Kyra (Gabriel) Rude of Ventura, CA, Dylan (Emily) Ankenbruck of Whitestown, IN, and Kamie (Matt) Greeson of Salt Lake City, UT; 4 great-granddaughters: Avery Ann, Brynn Ann, and Natalie Joy Ankenbruck, and Isabelle Eleanor Greeson; 1 brother: Jim (Vivian) Cary of Burr Oak, MI; sister-in-law: Rachel Sue McCready of Tawas City, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers: Howard, Philip, Scott, and Harold; 4 sisters: Marjorie Cossairt, Mary Nelson, Julia Mayer, and Myra Mayer.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Funeral Service celebrating the life of John R. Cary will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church with The Rev. John Sterner, officiating.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Burr Oak United Methodist Church or the Charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the church or the Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis who has been entrusted with the arrangements.