John William Angell

April 27, 1940December 17, 2013

John William Angell Okemos, Michigan John William Angell, age 73, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on December 17, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born April 27, 1940, the son of Paul and Catharine Angell in Dearborn, MI. He was a graduate of Michigan State University. Upon graduation, John worked in Sales and Marketing for the Oldsmobile division of General Motors, where he retired after 34 years. His loves were his family, his dogs, golf, and all things MSU (we know he will be rooting for the Spartans in the Rose Bowl). He will be remembered as a loving and compassionate man with a quirky sense of humor. He enjoyed gazing at the butterflies in the garden and long walks with the dogs. John is survived by his wife, Deborah; his son, Jeffrey (Sonya); grandsons, Thomas and Matthew; step-granddaughter, Alexandra; special sister-in-law, Tina; in-laws, Drucila, Dave, Diane, Don, and Phyllis; and former wife, Judy Kelleher. Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister, Caroline. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Kellogg Center (Michigan State University), 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan 48824. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association or the Humane Society. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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Kevin and Jodi Corsini

December 26, 2013

I was very sad to see the news about John. I started my 22 year GM career wtih him in Memphis. He took me under his wing on day one and once introduced himself as my 'second mother' actually to my mother! Loved his sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are for him and with his family.

Mary Seager

December 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I know that the last few years were challenging for both of you. Deb, your dedication to and your patience with your husband was a beautiful thing to see. I don't have any memories of John before his illness, but I can say that when another friend posted about the "twinkle in his eye" I knew exactly what they were talking about - he never lost that. God Bless you and your family and take care.

Charlie Barnett

December 20, 2013

John's passing was a very sad suprise. I had the pleasure of working with John a brief time while we were both living and working in Memphis Tennessee. John was well liked, respected, and appreciated by our Oldsmobile dealers and all of his co-workers. Our prayers are with Deborah, Jeffery, and the entire family.
Charlie and Susan Barnett, Oldsmar Florida

December 20, 2013

We are sorry to hear about John's passing. We began our careers at Oldsmobile together and I remember how dedicated he was to Oldsmobile and the Michigan State Spartans. While geography separated us during our careers, we enjoyed being together at company functions reminiscing about our time together in the Detroit zone. He was fun to be with and always had a positive view on almost any subject. He will be missed. Chuck & Diane Strong (Johns Creek, GA)

Tom Struble

December 20, 2013

May God grant peace to the memory of John. My prayers are with the family during these difficult times. May you memories bring you comfort.

Chris Gleason

December 20, 2013

Jeff – Your father was a wonderful man and I am glad I had the opportunity to meet him while residing in East Lansing. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

December 19, 2013

I was so sad to hear of John's passing. He was such a nice man that always had that special "twinkle in his eye" that put all at ease when you were spending time with him! He was lucky to have you Debbie as a caregiver and wife. It's a tough job. Thank you for sharing him with all of us at the MAC.

Thought and prayers are with you-

Mary Gray

Deb Kloepfer

December 19, 2013

So very sorry to hear about John's passing. I worked with John in Lansing while I was a temp in Sales Promotion and then in the Enrichment Center. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. My prayers are with his family.

Bill Farmer

December 19, 2013

John Angell was the most honest, sincere person that I have had an opportunity to know. He believed in what he was doing and always wanted to do the right thing. While the past few years have been difficult for John, he will always be remembered as a friend...a person with honor, integrity and always a smile and a good word.

May God bless Debbie and the rest of John's family as they celebrate a life lived fully.

Keith & Tammie Kapanka

December 19, 2013

So sad to hear of John's death and losing another member of the Oldmobile family. We enjoyed working with John in Lansing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and his entire family.