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John David Bayer

August 20, 1937April 29, 2014

John Bayer, age 76 went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Magaret and Christian Bayer; brother Greg Bayer. He will be remembered by his partner Sandra Roberts; children Deborah (Bruce) Coxworth, Karen (Adam) Dubroff, Thomas (Greg Ruvolo) Bayer, Julie Schaafsma; grandchildren Brooke (Roger) Bartos, Jason Smith, Kelli Coxworth, Brad Coxworth, Alexandria "Lola" Schaafsma, Tanner Schaafsma, Jacob "Jack" Dubroff; seven sisters and four brothers; and an extremely large, loving family. John loved his country and served in the Army for three years in Korea. Memorial visitation with the family will be held 2-8PM Sunday, May 4, 2014 with a 7 PM Prayer Vigil at Cook Funeral Home - 2067 84th St, Byron Center, MI. Memorial mass will be held at 11AM Monday, May 5, 2014 with one hour visitation prior at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church - 1800 44th Street SE, Kentwood, MI with Fr. Godfrey Onyekwere officiating. In honor of John or in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Hospice or Alzheimer's Association - Grand Rapids. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcares.com. Visitation May 04, 2014 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Cook Funeral Home - Byron Center 2067 84th Street Byron Center, MI Vigil May 04, 2014 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Cook Funeral Home - Byron Center 2067 84th Street Byron Center, MI Visitation May 05, 2014 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church 1800 44th St. SE Kentwood, MI Memorial Service May 05, 2014 11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church 1800 44th St. SE Kentwood, MI

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December 10, 2017

our thoughts and prayers are with you all

Posted by Babette Sullivan April 30, 2014

December 10, 2017

My heart goes out to each of the Bayer Family members in my own individual way, I have known you all for a long time and I have grown to love each and everyone of you. John gave me my first job and little did I know how much of a family he accepted me into. I will miss my visits with John when I come to GR but will always cherish the memories, He always welcomed me and my family with open arms. I will always have a special place in my heart for Papa John. Have peace and rest well my Friend. Love to you always. Cindy Gould (Gonzo).

Posted by Cindy Gould - Imlay Cjity, MI - friend May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

Karen, Tom and Julie, I am so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I thought I'd heard that he was sick, but I sent him some pictures and a note at New Years anyway. I look back at the time I worked for your dad and with all of you with a smile on my face. I respected him and loved him like a father. I am praying for you.
Patrick Jordan

Posted by Patrick Jordan - Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, AK - friend May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

I'm so sad to hear of the loss of your father, it's a club that too many of us belong to and I feel your pain. I have so many cherished memories of the Bayer household growing up love you all.

Posted by Mindy Rogers - Attica, MI - Friend May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

Even though it has been many years, still remember the laughs and joy of all the times our two families spent together. A great family man who will truly be missed.

Posted by Ron Lee - Rogers, AR - Family Friend May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

To the man that gave me a job , told me I did a good job, which meant a lot.told me to get home by 10: to play sports n stay out of trouble.gave me a job again when I came home from the army.gave me a buck or a beer because he new I needed it.bought me a car so I could get to my job.took me picking wild asparagus in the country.gave me a smile n said it will be OK when I never said anything.really seams like the brother ,father , n best friend I had in the early days.thinking of the family that I have known for years but haven't seen wish you all good health it means more than money.

Posted by Mike Quade - attica, MI - freinds May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

I have many fond memories while working for John at the Chuck Wagon. I was 15 when I started busing tables. Some time after I started the busboys went on strike . We were making 75 cents/hr and after the strike it went up to $1.25.
Also, I washed dishes and peeled potatoes in the basement. All in all I spent many hours there and usually walked to work and back from town.
John always treated me with respect. He always had a lot of energy when things got hopping at the restaurant.

Posted by BOB WEINGARTZ - DRYDEN, MI - EMPLOYEE May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

I remember John well, being from Dryden. My stepfather, Norm Muir, was his golf partner for several years. He was always a delight to be around. A great person.

Posted by Gregg Howard May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

Like so many Dryden kids, I got my first real job with a real paycheck working at the Chuck Wagon. John's legacy lives on forever in our memories of those days. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kathy Davidson - Lapeer, MI May 01, 2014

December 10, 2017

So sorry for your loss Deb. Your family is in our prayers.
Jessica and Tony Lizardi

Posted by Jessica iIzardi May 01, 2014