Jon was born in Grand Haven and graduated from Grand Haven High School. He then served in the Navy in Vietnam for four years, going on to attend Pratt Institute in New York, where he lived for 10 years working in the film industry for “Flickers.” Always missing Grand Haven, Jon came back home, where he worked for many local businesses as a commercial artist.
Jon attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, serving as an elder and enjoying his love for people in the ministry. Later, with courage, humor and love, he faced his battle with Alzheimer’s. With the help of family, friends, Comfort Keepers and Little Red House, he was able to stay active in the community he loved so much.
Jon was a truly creative and spiritual soul. He’ll be remembered for his witty sense of humor and sincere love for family and friends. He had a passion for playing his guitar, nature, gardening and animals (his fur family). Many recall him walking his dogs around town, always stopping to talk to friends and passersby.
Jon is survived by his best friend and wife of 27 years, Linda Carlson; sister, Susan Carlson; mother-in-law, Arlene Lawrence; stepson, Gabe (Misty) Maniwczak; granddaughters, Morgan Boeve and Brooklyn Maniwczak; brothers-in-law, Ken (Bonnie) Lewis and Jon Lewis; sisters-in-law, Deb Lewis and Kristy (Joe) Harrison; many nieces and nephews; Tracey Boeve, and all his friends at the Kingdom Hall; and special friends Robbie and Kathleen Lopes.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Millar; father, Walter Carlson; and brother, Steve. His faithful dog, LeRoy, died in the house fire.
Jon’s memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Robbins Road on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m., by his good friend Wayne Schmelling.