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John Alex Egyed

• May 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

John Alex Egyed, age 84, passed away on May 13, 2018 surrounded by his family.

He was born March 7, 1934 to John and Mary Egyed. He graduated from Muskegon Heights Public School in 1953 and went on to earn a BA in History from Western Michigan University. John also earned his Master’s, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees in Education from the University of Michigan. In 1957, he began a long career at Muskegon Heights Public Schools as a teacher, later becoming the director of Special Education and Director of Transportation. He retired in 1990 and was greatly loved by students and staff alike.

On December 27, 1958 he married the love of his life, Paula Rochon. John devoted his life to his family as a gentle and loving father to his three children. Classical music was a lifelong passion of his, and he was famous for always knowing the name and composer of any piece playing. A family tradition arose from this passion in the form of camping at Interlochen State Park in Northern Michigan and attending rehearsals and concerts at Interlochen Fine Arts Camp. Here he could hear some of his favorite classical pieces and share his love of music with his family.

John’s friends and family adored his intelligence and kindness. He loved being able to share knowledge and ideas, a love which fueled his passion for teaching. In his leisure time, he loved to golf, travel, and spoil his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Paula, his daughter Paula Whisman of Spring Lake; his son John (Donna) Egyed of Brentwood, Tennessee; his sister Betty Evans of Grand Rapids; and his grandchildren: Katherine (Ryan) Merriott, Dan Whisman, Adrienne Whisman, Laura Egyed, and Alexander Egyed. He is predeceased by his beloved daughter Glyce, his brother Steve and sisters Mary, and Madge Richmond.

The Celebration of Life for the family and friends of John will be held June 8, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m. at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson Street, Spring Lake.

The family requests that donations be made to Blue Lake Public Radio in his memory.

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