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John Douglas Hoisington, "Jack"

John Douglas Hoisington, "Jack"
  • January 2, 1935 - November 28, 2017
  • Prudenville, Michigan

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“My deepest sympathy goes to Cee Cee, Taryn and Janelle. I am saddened by the loss of such a great, longtime friend. Girls, you had the greatest...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Gkenda Shell - Rochester, MI

“Jack was one of the most wonderful, friendly, generous & kind souls I have ever known. I have had the privilege of knowing Jack for 50 years! When I...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Rose Polzien - Sterling Heights, MI

“My wife Pam and I met Jack and Carol on Marco Island Fl. Several years ago. We quickly became friends after discovering we both lived in the Houghton...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Bob & Pam Pardue - Higgins Lake, MI

“My wife Pam and I met Jack and Carol on Marco Island Fl. several years ago. We discovered we were both from the Houghton Lake area, and quickly...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bob & Pam Pardue - Higgins Lake, MI

“May God and treasured memories comfort the family. Isa.41:10 ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Jack was one of those people who once met would never be forgotten. We knew each other as competitors, and a fairer man was hard to find. And so now...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Jerry Wordhouse - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jack was a very special friend or should I say the brother I never had.We met in the 4th grade in grammar school and close ever since. ...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ron Sansone - Livermore, CA

“We will cherish the love and friendship of 55 years we had with this wonderful man and his family. We will miss you Jack till we meet again. God...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Don &Flo Richer - Bradenton, FL

“In life we meet many people but our lives were enriched with having jack in our life.He was such a special FRIEND that we will miss his humor and...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Dale & Mary McAtamney - MI


John Douglas Hoisington "Jack", age 82 of Prudenville, Michigan, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born January 2, 1935 in Detroit, son of the late Harry and the late Evisia (nee: Bartles) Hoisington.

At times, the sincerest form of flattery can often be found in the nicknames we assign to one another,…and Jack was blessed with a couple of them. To some he was "The Governor,"…and to others, more comically and affectionately, known simply as "One-Eyed Jack." Yet whatever the tag he bore, the most important to all was "Friend." As the old adage states, "He never knew a stranger." Wherever Jack went, he was making friends, influencing people, and leaving a positive impact in his wake. In his own unique way, Jack knew how to bring you into the fold and had a genuine way of making a connection with you like no other.

Perhaps it was through his incredible listening skills. Jack was known for being in tune with what you were sharing, not necessarily anxious to speak. Yet when he spoke, it resounded with wisdom and care that drew people to him in droves. Or perhaps Jack's intrigue came through his innate abilities as both a teacher and mentor. More than merely talking, Jack was the kind of guy who walked his talk and set an example so others could grow and learn. Many thought of Jack as their own, personal counselor in life,…and he was honored to fill the role, albeit as humble as he was known to be.

Though he comes from a family that managed two farms up in the Imlay City area, Jack was a "city boy" who grew up on Detroit's East Side. That is where he grew in stature, attended school, and would ultimately graduate as part of the Class of '52. Following high school, and not long after graduation, Jack knew of the challenges that our allies in Korea were facing,…so he enlisted in the war effort, choosing to become a sailor in our great U.S. Navy, and served from June 1952 until receiving his Honorable Discharge in December 1955. Stationed aboard the USS Ashland, Jack spent the lion's share of his time in the military in foreign service, most of it at sea.

So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Jack for his service to our country and his bravery shown in the face of the unknown,…a willingness to stand in harm's way for freedom's cause. For the sacrifices made and his patriotism when it counted, we honor Jack's service and extend our sincere and posthumous gratitude.

Upon his return from the war, Jack's ultimate career decision found him entering the field of glass where he would learn and excel to become a self-employed proprietor and dealer. Recognized by the Glass Dealer's Association for our 50 years of excellence, he took much pride in his work and a job well done. With work ethics that supported Jack's every effort, the city and its surrounding landscape held many wonderful examples of his expertise in glass,…all part of a window into Jack's soul. Pouring himself into his work simply went without question.

Aside from his devotion to the job, Jack also devoted himself to the brotherhood of Mason's, a fraternal order of gentleman who revered God and wanted to extend their faith in a special way. Throughout his tenure with the group, Jack attained the level of 3rd Degree Mason and was also a member of the Knights Templar.

But of all that he was devoted to the most, nothing could hold a candle to the importance of family. He loved his family immensely and did all he could to impart his love, wisdom and grace upon each of their hearts. Of the myriad memories that were enjoyed together, perhaps one of Jack's favorite were the many car rides he would take his children and grandchildren on. And not merely enjoying the fun of the ride, but Jack just loved playing tour guide as he drove them by many of the glass projects he had been involved in and pointing out where he had left his mark on the city. Always,…with esteemed & humble pride.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jack leaves behind a legacy of love that will be cherished and embraced with each reflection shared. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey through this life, and will be missed immensely.

Jack was the beloved husband of the late Carol J. Hoisington. Dear father of Taryn (Mark) Maurer and Janelle (Steve) Hite. Cherished grandpa of Elise, Shane, Zachary (Emily), Ethan, and great-grandpa of Jacob. Loving partner of Carol "CC" Carmen and her family. Brother of Bob (Linda), the late Bill (Leona), the late Paul (Betty), and the late Jane (Maurice) Neil. Brother-in-law of Joan (the late Jack) Wilds, Ron (Marilyn) Weiss, and Mentor & Friend to Jon Krebs. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation for Jack will be held Friday, December 1st from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. His Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, 11:00 am at the funeral home.

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