Pixley Funeral Home

322 West University Drive, Rochester, MI


John E. Northup

4 March, 193731 January, 2020

John Edward Northup died peacefully at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (Crittenton) on January 31, 2020 in Rochester Hills, Michigan at the age of 82.

John is survived by his sons, Jeremy and John (Terrance Jankowski), brother David (Judy), and grandson Edward. He is preceded in death by his wife Nancy, and parents Edward and Cleo Northup of Detroit.

John was born March 4, 1937 in Toledo, Ohio to Edward and Cleo Northup. He graduated from Scott High School in Toledo and worked in automotive engineering in the Detroit area. He married Nancy, his high school sweetheart, in 1958. Automobiles were both his profession and his passion: He participated in the Society of Automotive Historians, the Cadillac and LaSalle Club, and the Volvo Club of America. He also enjoyed photography and playing the trombone, and was active for many years at First Congregational Church.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m., at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 West University Drive, Rochester, Michigan.


  • Nancy Northup, Wife (deceased)
  • Jeremy Northup, Son
  • John (Terrance Jankowski) Northup, Son
  • David (Judy) Northup, Brother
  • Edward Northup, Grandson
  • Edward and Cleo Northup, Parents (deceased)


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, 8 February , 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 8 February , 2020


John E. Northup

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David Irvine

February 8, 2020

One of our founding members and longtime co-treasurer of our club, he was a fun, interesting, kind, extremely knowledgeable auto enthusiast / historian, photographer, and friend to many. He had a wealth of knowledge. He often mentioned his famous uncle, the auto designer Amos Northup who died at an early age.


He will be missed by many. As my wife Joyce said when she heard the news…. “Now John will be with his sweetheart!”

David Irvine
Great Lakes Chapter
Volvo Club of America

Ed & Shirley Briggeman

February 5, 2020

We knew John & Nancy when we were at First Congregational Church between 1970 & 1975. I was serving as the associate pastor at the church. My wife and I appreciated the way they served the church.

Linda Malinowski

February 5, 2020

I’m so sorry for the loss of John we have been neighbors for 33 years he will be deeply missed. John was always a very happy man and loved his cars and photography of cars he can now go see his beautiful wife. Our heartfelt condolences goes out John and Jeramy.

Linda and Larry Malinowski