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“I sure will miss you John, so grateful for the memories and fun times we shared...I love you my friend....Blondie..Ting-A-Ling!!!! ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Vickie - Los Angeles, CA - friend

“I MET YOU 3 TIMES A FAMILY REUNION, OVER 18 YRS AGO. YOUR SISTER, DEB'S WEDDING. THIS PAST SUMMER. YOUR HUGS ARE TRUE YOUR LAUGHTER IS PURE...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: AUNT KATHLEEN - HOLT, MI

“You shall be missed. GOD Bless! ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Rick and Christine McDowell - MI

“John you were a Dear Friend the 30+ years we have known each other, you did not let me know that you would leaving just a few hours from when we...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff Youse - Mason, MI

“Just remembering John and all the good memories we had from high school. I will never forget how much fun he made school. So much life and laughter...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Kimberly Richmond Unger - Lansing, MI

“John it was such a blessing to see you at our class reunion this past summer. We were all happy that you could make it. Rusty and I were so glad to...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Shelly and Rusty Kirchen - MI

“Dearest John, What a joy you were. you for sure inherited the personality gene of the family. While sometimes being an annoying little brother -...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie McDowell Scarnati - MI

“The other day I received a call from a High School friend to tell me that John had passed. There are so many things that I remember about John that...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Rita Ray - Lansing, MI - Friend

“My heart aches, but I know John isn't hurting or having to fight for his life anymore. I will cherish the memories we shared. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Eric Stafford - Overland Park, KS

“Thank you John for the contributions you made to all of our lives. Thank you for sharing you laughter, sense of humor and love for all things fun! ...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Stephen Decator windsor, Ontario

“I will always love you babe you brought me sooo much joy rest now and i will find you in heaven someday! you made me happy.. special...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: rick - menomonie, WI

“You are forever in my heart I will miss you dearly. At last you are with grandma in heaven. I love you. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Trina Holcomb - Dewitt , MI

“Rest in peace. You will be missed dearly by everyone. I will miss your posts on Facebook updating us on your life. You will be cancer free forever...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Kim Smith (Ormsbee) - Lansing, MI

“Miss you John.....everyday. We love you and will see you again someday. Rest peacefully. You have earned your wings and your spot in heaven. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Billy and Rosie McCain - Dewitt, MI


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John was born in Lansing, Michigan on April 11, 1964 to Howard & Dora ( Becky) McDowell. He passed away peacefully in his sleep a few days after a heart attack. A survivor of far too many cancers for one person to endure, his passion for Disney kept the pain tolerable over the years.
John's love of Disneyland and the California sunshine & beaches is what kept him out on the West Coast. If there were ever a lifetime pass for Disney, John would have been the first in line the get it. Several family & friends have fond lasting memories of their day at Disney with John as their escort.

John is survived by his father, Howard; brothers, Jeffery of Mesa, AZ, William (Rosie) McCain of DeWitt, MI and Dale McCain of Grand Ledge, MI; sisters, Deborah (William) Scarnati of Lansing, MI and Patricia (Steve) Johnson of Owosso, MI; several nieces & nephews, grand nieces & grand nephews, cousins, aunts & uncles. John is preceded in death by his mom, Dora (Becky); grandparents, Howard & June McDowell; grandparents, Dorothy & Harry McDowell; grandparents, Archie & Opal Holland; aunts, Marie (Rebo) and Ann; uncle Richard & special cousin, Heather.