John Babala

December 22, 1922June 1, 2012

BABALA, John – Age 89, of Grand Blanc, died Friday, June 1, 2012 at his home. Mr. Babala was born December 22, 1922 in Emmett, MI the son of Metro and Polly (Szawaga) Babala. He served his country during W.W.II with the Army Air Corps. John received his Electrical Engineering Degree, BEE and MBA from the University of Detroit. He was General Manager of Harlan Electric and then founded Hammer & Smith Electric in Flint where he worked until he retired. Surviving are children, Diane Babala, Laura Babala and husband Ralph Money, John and wife Marcella Babala, Mark and wife Angela Babala; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Babala was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years Marion Babala, brother Mike Babala and sister Anna Jones. Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI. A Scripture Service will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday June 7, 2012 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1227 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, MI. Father Steve Anderson will officiate. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Rural Hills Cemetery in Northville, MI. Share your condolences with the family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2012
  • Scripture Service Wednesday, June 6, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, June 7, 2012

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jean hoeft

June 12, 2012

Dear Diane and family,
I am so sorry that I missed your father's funeral. I will keep you in my prayers.

Jean Hoeft

Laurie Smith

June 7, 2012

To all of the Babala children,

I am so sorry I could not attend the services for Uncle John. He was a wonderful man and I was happy to know him. He and Marianne were very good to Mike and I and we enjoyed visits to your house. I am also glad I got to see him and Dianne for dinner last winter and enjoy his company. Such a nice man. I am sorry for your loss and hope all your good memories will sustain you.

Laurie Smith

Paul Sabol

June 6, 2012

So sorry to hear of John's passing!

I met John as a supplier back in 1974 and we spent a lot of time together until I left for a new assignment in 1978.

Even though we never met again after I left Flint in 1978, we kept in touch and developed a life long relationship. I admired John for his devotion to his family, to God and his special sense of humor, his wisdom and practical problem solving and the fact that his golf game was worse than mine.

Regardless of what subject we were discussing, business or personal, I can not count the number of times John would use one of these responses: "Let me tell you something"---"No-No-No-No"--"Unbelievable" and his favorite liar's poker opening bid of "One Deuce." And, then that special smile would beam across his face.

I feel a void in my heart with his passing and I will always remember and pray for John.

Paul Sabol
Slippery Rock, PA

June 5, 2012

Psalms 65:2
Deepest condolences during this difficult time.

June 4, 2012

dear grandpa john,i know lots of people die at some point And you did but to me you are still here deep down in my heart you are the best grandpa ive ever had! i love you,noah your grandson

June 3, 2012

June 3, 2012

Dad, what do you say to someone that meant so much ? You were a great man ! I love you , your SON MARK & ANGELA You always loved this song here dad this ones for you! You did it your way!!! Love you dad