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John Mikola Banasik Jr., age 93 of Warren, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Shelby Nursing Center in Shelby Township, Michigan. He was born August 15, 1923 in Hamtramck, son of the late John Sr. and the late Victoria (nee: Kronenberger) Banasik.

Born and raised in Hamtramck, John was a proud graduate of Hamtramck High School's Class of 1942. Soon after his graduation, while our country was immersed in the throes of war, Uncle Sam came calling and needed John to join with many of his fellow countrymen in their call to duty with the U.S. Army. But John's experience in serving his country was both unique and compelling as it involved his participation in both World War II, and the Korean War as well. At 18 years old John went to enlist in the Army in World War II. There was a high pressure air test that blew out both ear drums, thus keeping him from joining. At 25 they enlisted him into the Army for the first winter of the Korean War.

So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we pay homage to John for his service to our country during both of his efforts in World War II and Korea. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, John had attained the rank of Private 1St Class and was the recipient of the Korean Combat Infantry Badge and Service Medal from his duty assignment with Company M, 31st Infantry, the 7th Infantry Division. For the call to duty he answered,…not only once, but twice,…and for his willingness to stand in harm's way for the sake of freedom and liberty, we extend our posthumous gratitude to John for his bravery and patriotism in serving as a soldier in the U.S. Army.

The next big chapter in John's life would be one of love and romance, and would include a beautiful young woman that captured his eye and heart, Miss Eleanor Miller. The two courted, fell in love, and on a glorious day in 1958 shared their vows together and became Mr. & Mrs. John Banasik, a love story that spanned over 59 wonderful years. Together, they would build upon the comforts of home & hearth, welcome two beautiful children into the world, and grow deeper in love with each passing day.

To care and provide for his family, John put his skills and talents to work in the field of Tool & Die Making which began, initially, at Briggs Manufacturing, a company that eventually transitioned to what we now know today as FCA Chrysler Motors. Extending the utmost in service and dedication to the automotive giant, John accepted his well-deserved retirement after over 42 years on the job.

As for some of his favorite activities away from work, John was known for being quite the song bird and was honored to have performed with his fellow crooners in the Barbershop Quartet circuit. He loved being a part of bringing joy and entertainment to the lives of others,…and did so in beautiful, four-part harmony.

Another noteworthy aspect that helped define, in part, this man of care and compassion would have to be his deep and abiding faith in God which resonated to everybody who was blessed to know him. His faith and beliefs went before him and spoke to the hearts and lives of so many with whom he had an opportunity to meet and visit. It molded the love he possessed and impacted many throughout his journey in life. And nobody knew this more than his adoring family, especially his treasured children. Always the attentive father, John did his best to be present and accounted for at each of their sporting events,…and was, without question, their biggest and proudest banner waver in the crowd.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, John leaves behind a storehouse of warm & wonderful memories to draw upon with each reflection shared. He touched a multitude of lives along the way, spoke to countless souls of God's goodness, and reached out to his community with a true, servant's heart. God was truly good to John, and he's now safe within those loving arms. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

John was the beloved husband of Eleanor for 59 years. Dear father of June Banasik and John III (Kathy) Banasik. Loving grandfather of Sandy (Andrew) Eagle, and Ashley Holcroft.

Visitation for John will be held Friday, July 21st from 4-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren. His Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, 11:00 am at the funeral home, with the presentation of military honors to follow.

Please share memories of John at his memory book above.