John served his country in the Army National Guard. He owned and operated J&L Trucking for many years, and was a member of St. Patrick–St. Anthony Catholic Church. John loved working on old cars and going for ice cream in his 1966 Ford Thunderbird on Sundays; boating on the Grand River on his 1957 Chris-Craft “So-be-it”; and was a very skilled carpenter, having built a couple of homes and garages.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Phyllis Laufersky of Grand Haven; two daughters; two sons; two step-daughters, Bonita (Glenn) Clark and Monica Clark; step-son, Larry (Jeana) Clark; his sister, MaryAnne (Ron) Barnes; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters-in-law: Helen Laufersky, Eleanor (Eryne) Clark, Jan (Larry) Velvick, Shirley Cunningham, Ruth Skuse, Leota Skuse, Helen Lopez and Marilyn (Brad) Zylman; brothers-in-law: Thomas (Sue) Comstock, Lester (Linda) Comstock, Jerry (Kathy) Comstock and Milton “Butch” (Roxanne) Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Laufersky; step-son, Buddy Clark Jr.; sister-in-law, Marjorie Comstock; and two brothers-in-law, Mervin and Larry Comstock.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at St. Patrick–St. Antony Catholic Church. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28 Honor Guard. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at church. Memorial contributions to St. Patrick–St. Anthony Catholic Church are appreciated. Share memories with the family at their online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com.