- Funeral Service Sunday, March 18, 2018
- Committal Service Sunday, March 18, 2018
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July 11, 2018
From the first time I met John at one of the the Detroit Comic convention in the 1990's and every time since then he has always remembered my wife and I as if we were best friends.
When John was around he made everyone else happy. What a kind and considerate person he was. I will miss him.
Steve and Wai Mun Spilger
March 31, 2018
Deepest condolences to the family. I believe we are related, and I had recently found John and Frank on internet searches, and tried to contact both by email to figure out the connection, but wasn't successful. I did get one short email from John but never received any family information. . My great-grandparents were Frank and Sophia Verzyl from Holland, my grand-father was their son Joseph. I am sharing the obituary with those Verzyl cousins I have connected with, and will pray for peace and healing for John's immediate family.
March 19, 2018
John, my dear brother;
I still can't believe you are gone, and that I will never be able to see you or talk to you again. I will always keep in my memory the last time I saw you, a few months ago, as you were winding up your latest NY trip and heading off on your long drive back home to Texas. We stood out by the road in front of my house, and your van's engine was running, and as we had done so many times before, it was time to say goodbye. You gave me a really big hug, and pat me firmly twice on the back, and you said "I love you, Fudd".
And I knew deep down that you really meant it, because only someone who really loved me would've gone so far to help me in my life in so many ways as you did. Staying over at my house for an extra week every time you visited NY, to help me better organize my store, to get me those fantastically rare comic books for my collection that I never would've found on my own, and just lend me moral support and friendship whenever I needed a boost. You always went out of your way to help me, and I will be eternally grateful.
I'm so proud to be related to you, of the successful and fulfilling life you led, and the wonderful family you raised. You were a wonderful brother and the best friend I ever had. So whenever I think of you, I'll always remember that great big hug you gave me that night, and the two pats on the back, and your telling me you loved me. I'd like to think you're still watching over me from above, since they say old habits are hard to break.
I love you Fudd, and I will truly miss you.
Your brother, Frank
March 16, 2018
John, I will always remember your endless energy and passion for the hobby we both loved. I vividly recall having certain conversations with you, your knowledge and breadth of experience was boundless. I am truly saddened by your untimely passing, but I hope your family and friends take comfort knowing that you are now manning the booth up in comic heaven. Rest in Peace, my friend.