Justin Courter

April 18, 1989October 14, 2020

Justin Gary Courter passed away on October 14, 2020 in Holt, MI. He was 31 and worked as a train conductor—a job that kept him on his toes and where his coworkers lovingly referred to him as “Tank.” He grew up in Mason where he found his passion in playing football, which later transitioned into a love for the gym, his own personal sanctuary. His love for animals ran deep and was most recently illustrated when he adopted and cared for a stray cat. But his love for his family ran so much deeper. His selfless nature and contagious laugh were his trademark to those who loved him. He was a helper in every sense of the word, whether it was with a hand or a laugh. His generosity continues as he was an organ and tissue donor and will help many more to live a life as fully as he did. He shared his sense of humor with his brother Jordan, with whom he spent countless hours making up stories to TV shows and laughing at jokes only the two of them understood. He is deeply loved by his family and will never be forgotten!

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Thelma and Arvel Bailey. He is survived by his parents, John and Jackie Courter, brother Jordan Courter, grandparents Gary and Glenalie Courter, uncle Mike (Rosemary) Bailey, uncle Edward Bailey, aunt Lisa (Jim) Chapman, aunt Mary (Jeff) Diedrich, and multiple cousins.

Due to Covid the Courter family will honor his memory with a small, private service.

Donations in Justin's memory can be made to Capital Area Humane Society at

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Jack Byerley

October 24, 2020

Justin was the definition of gentle giant. A true friend that was always there for his friends. The man literally gave me the jacket off his back when I was cold once. There world has lost an amazing person. You will never be forgotten man we will always love you.

Deb Stump

October 19, 2020

I am so very sorry! Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you every day. Sending you hugs!

Dee Getty

October 19, 2020

Jackie and family,
My deepest sympathy as you remember all of the loving memories of Justin.

Josh Wolverton

October 17, 2020

Courter Family I’m very saddened to hear of your loss. I worked with Justin at CN, he really enjoyed his job and was such a big hearted person. Someone I wish I would have gotten to know better for sure. As Bill Miller mentioned when you hire out on the railroad you become family very quickly. Long hours and time away from home together brings crews together. Tank was a brother to us all...much love.

Dean and Pam Titus

October 16, 2020

John, Jackie, Jordan, we were so saddened to hear about Justin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time.

Rick Ballentine

October 16, 2020

Thinking of your family at this difficult time. I think of you daily have you in my prayers. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.

Stacy Adado

October 16, 2020

Jackie and Family, I am so very sorry for your immense loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. If there is anything I can do for you, please let know. Sending you hugs!

Bill Miller

October 16, 2020

Just was not a friend of mine, he was a co-worker. In the Railroad industries we call ourselves co-worker. We are all brothers and sisters. His smile would always lite up anyone who was having a bad day. Rest in Peace my brother.

Chelsea Craft

October 16, 2020

Deb & Leo Wantor

October 15, 2020

Jackie, John and Jordan:

We are sending prayers and comforting hugs to all of you...please know we are thinking of your family with love and want to help out in any way we can...

Deb and Leo


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