John E. Schrock

February 24, 1943January 8, 2021

John E. Schrock, age 77 of Osseo, Michigan, formerly of Mason, Michigan passed away Friday, January 8, 2021. John was born February 24, 1943 to Ervin and Fanny (Miller) Schrock in Elkhart County, Indiana. Early in his life John left the family farm, and the Amish community he had grown up in to venture out on his own. While operating his one man logging business he met Rose E. Miller, marrying her in 1965. In 1978 they divorced which brought him to Mason, Michigan where he ran the repair shop for Wade Shows. In the early eighties John bought Kingman Engineering in Mason. John spent most of his later years doing what he loved traveling around repairing steam engines. He was a well-respected member of the steam engine community, known for helping pass his knowledge on to others. He was a member of Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher Club, Nation Thresher Association, Michigan Historical Stem Engine Association, Northeastern Indiana Steam and Gas Engine Association, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers, Somerset Steam and Gas Engine Association, and the Rumely Products Collectors. He attended the Freedom Farm Church near his home in Osseo when his travel schedule didn’t have him in another state.John is survived by his son, James Ervin Schrock of Dansville, Michigan; daughter, Laurie Ann Slaughter of Danville, Virginia; grandchildren, Michael Slaughter, Christopher Slaughter, Cordelia Schrock, Rubilynn Schrock; great-grandchild, Aiden Slaughter; sister, Emma McClellan. He is preceded in death by his eight brothers David, Albert, Joseph, Jacob, Noah, Earl, George, and Leo. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


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Trudy Fabijancic

January 25, 2021

I came to know Uncle John later in life, along with many of my extended family, where my life story begins with Uncle John's brother Earl, who was my dad.
I always enjoyed visiting with Uncle John at the Schrock family reunions. He was so kind,very knowledgeable,and shared many great stories and family history.
I just spoke with him before Thanksgiving,and he said he was feeling fine and doing well. It was such a shock to hear of his passing.
A kinder, gentler person I've never known,and will miss him dearly.
He will be forever in my thoughts.Rest in peace Uncle John.

Trudy Fabijancic

Russ & Debbie Miller

January 20, 2021

John will be very missed by all who knew him. He was a very special person with many friends & family. Thoughts, prayers and love to Jimmy, Rachel, Cordelia and Rubilynn.

Steve Schrock

January 18, 2021

John was my husband Steve's uncle. He was a dear man who we always enjoyed spending time with. We loved to visit with him and "listen" as he shared the Schrock family history with us. He was a walking encyclopedia when it came to family, steam engines and life. He had a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eye that was a joy to see. He was very special to Steve and I. He was a man who lived simply and he loved the Lord. We will miss him but know that he will be waiting for us to join him one day. Until that happy day. Sharon Schrock

Gary Yaeger

January 18, 2021

I've known John for well over 30 years. If he knew of a steam engine, he'd find it. He was a walking library of many brands. He got two of our engines back in shape again. Anytime he was in Montana, I could expect a welcome visit. He was a great friend at the many steam shows we spent in proximity. I will sure miss his welcome smile and friendship. He was a brother in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Praise God! I'll miss you, my friend. Prayers go out to his family.

Ronald Thomas

January 17, 2021

John was my Uncle. My stepdad Earl was his brother, who passed away young in 1990. I've known John since I was a very young boy. He was always smiling and had a really gentle nature about himself. Never boastful and always kind in spirit. I will always remember the times he visited my parents home in Kalamazoo and the talks we had at the various get togethers over the years. He reminded me so much of my dad Earl that to see one, you saw the other. He will be missed greatly and will always be a cherish memory for me from my youth and years after as an adult. Say hello to my dad for me John and may God speed!

Rick Brewer

January 14, 2021

John was such a wonderful man. He helped me at steam shows by answering questions. He never once looked down on me for lack of wisdom. His warehouse of knowledge lives on in the engineers he has helped and taught over the years. The steam engine community has lost one of best representatives of what the hobby is all about. We will all miss him terribly. Condolences to the family. We know you will miss him most of all.

Rick Brewer

Gary and Char Coleman

January 13, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. John was a Godly man and went to our church. We enjoyed the fellowship with him especially at our pot lucks. We are going to miss him!
Gary and Char Coleman

Pastor Cary Coleman

January 12, 2021

Our dear brother in Christ was a kind, gentle man who fit well into the small body of Christ here at Freedom Farm Bible Church. He was my dear friend and we will miss him dearly.