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“I was sorry to hear of John's passing.Back when I was a child, I actually lived across the street on Dubois from John and his family. He never knew,...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia Lesner - Shelby Township, MI

“Mark, we have thought about you any times and we're heartbroken to learn about the loss of so many of your family members when we searched your name....Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Tim and Cathy Bostwick - Orlando, FL

“AS member of Sweetest Heart of Mary parish. IN THE DEATH LEST NOTICED JOHN klank was not listed. . John was a very good member of our parish as it...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: DOROTHY VALVANO - Detroit, MI

“John was a very social person with a very friendly smile. We enjoyed sharing in his boating years and trips. He leaves us with many special memories....Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Allen & Sylvia Pocock - MI

“John and Family,So very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Mary & Al Lupinski - West Branch, MI

“I had the pleasure of meeting John at the Rehab nursing home. We ate lunch and dinner together and I listened to him talk about his life. We also...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Scott - Clinton Twp, MI

“It was November 1972 when Mr. Klank invited me to join him and his group of hunters ( John his son and Bob Love and his two step sons) up to Birch...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Al Lupinski Lupinski - MI

“Mr Klank was a very kind man. He was always smiling. I enjoyed reminiscing with him at family events. He holds a special place in my heart. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia Fox - Washington, MI

“John was a patient of mine at dr ronald l.tuck dental.office . I was his hygienist for over 30.yrs. Rest in peace now John. You will be missed. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Rutkowski - Harrison twp, MI


John Joseph Klank, age 89 of Shelby Township, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Madison Heights. He was born in Detroit on March 18,1930 , son of the late John and the late Mary (nee: Grabowski) Klank

Mr. Klank was a resident of Shelby Township and was employed as a maintenance man in the automotive field and also for Stroh's Brewery. Mr Klank loved going out on his boat, navigating the many waters of the Great Lakes state. His boat was always the first one in the water come Springtime, and one of the last to exit before the onset of Fall. There was simply a peacefulness and serenity that enveloped his soul each time he sailed the waters of the Mitten.

Another passion John enjoyed was gardening. He never ceased to be swept away by the beauty of the flowers and shrubs that he planted in the Spring. Possessing the hands and knowledge of a horticulturalist, John nurtured his garden with the utmost in tender-loving-care and remained vigilant to its health and resolve. Many would comment on what a beautiful display of floral delight his garden exuded,...and the class it added to the neighborhood. He kept a watchful eye on his flowers and plants until they took hold and flourished,...then simply sat back and enjoyed them until the hint of that first frost.

Fishing was another hobby John enjoyed. He caught many-a-fish while out on his boat. Like every other fisherman, John was always chasing the one that got away!

Unlike most men, John found great enjoyment in shopping as he was forever in search of that awesome bargain. But it wasn't necessarily all about the bargain-hunting for John as he was quite the people-person and truly enjoyed engaging with the public and visiting with others while on his shopping excursions.

John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sylvia, and son, Gregory. He is survived by his sons John Jr. (Debi) Klank and Mark (Angela) Klank. John was the loving grandfather of Rachel (Tom) Lucido and Danielle Klank. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Scarlett, Oliver and Gabriel Lucido.

A private Interment will take place at Mt. Avon Cemetery in Rochester, Michigan.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road in Warren, Michigan.

Please share memories of John at his guest book above.