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John Carley
Date of Death: January, 18 2020

          John Carley, 61, Rapid River, was called to join his Angel Family on Saturday, January 18, 2020 of complications due to cancer. He was born on August 6, 1958 in Escanaba, MI to the late Harold and Zephrine (Loritz) Carley and became the family’s special blessing. John will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him; he was a great Son, Brother, Uncle, and Cousin.
          John was raised in a family that was in the woods business, he became very fond of the outdoors.  As his parents aged and fell ill he found his true calling. From that point, John took the role as family caretaker. He humbly took care of his parents until their passing and then continued by helping his siblings.  He loved living summers with his Brother Gib at Foote Lake.   He spent his summer days walking from cabin to cabin visiting the extended family at the Lake, hauling firewood, picking up cans, helping set up camp, and anything that needed to be done. He never viewed his work as a chore, but part of his life calling. He was a helper to anyone who crossed his path and had many who thought very highly of him. He gave the absolute best hugs and was always contagiously cheerful.   He enjoyed going to the casino with his brothers, sisters, and cousins, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan in a family of Detroit Lion’s Fans! (They loved him anyway!)
          John is survived by a Brother: Gilbert Carley, Sisters: Jacqueline Vergote, Carolyn Srock, Theresa (Jim) Gucky and Rosalie Knudsen. Brother -In-Law: Ronald Bales and Sister-In-Law: Suzanne Carley. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and special cousins.
          He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother: Stanley, sister: Joyce Bales, and brother: Burton Carley.
          His family is hosting a Memorial Luncheon to honor a life well lived on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Cooks Township Hall, Cooks, Michigan from 12:30 to 4:30pm.  The family encourages everyone to share ‘John’ stories at the social, as we can think of no better way to hold on to the memories of his precious life. Burial will be held at the Cooks Cemetery in the spring.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Carley family.
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  • "John always was willing to help when the Carleys cut trees or wood for us. In his quiet way he showed what a good neighbor was all about. We will remember him walking on the road to visit or when all the family would gather for the Hobo dinner and activities. Rest In Peace John. Our sympathy to all the Carley family. Ted and Louise Burson "
    -Ted and Louise Burson @ Foote Lake

  • "Carleyfamily - what a great loss to our family circle. Our visits will not be the same without that first hug and welcome from John. His sweet quiet demeanor was such a blessing to me the moment we arrived. He LOVED unconditional each and everyone of yous. The reunion in heaven with his family along with one of My best friend's Burt hopefully will include some wood gathering and a huge fire. And imagine the stories he will tell. Love sent with healing prayers for all of my family. "
    -Janet and Tom Parsons

  • "John was always so thoughtful and caring. He will be missed by so many people."
    -Terry and Sandy of Cooks

  • "I cannot tell you how much I will miss John. After I broke my foot the first time, he made sure to check in on me every day to see if I was okay or needed anything. He was in essence, my caretaker too. I enjoyed our conversations and how he always made me smile and brightened my day. Life will not be the same at the lake. Hugs and love to all of you. Cherri"
    -Cherri Tallman

  • "So sorry for the passing of John, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you All John was one of a kind, Always there wanting to know if he could help and always with a smile on his face. Truly One of GODS examples as how we all should be. He will be missed. Love Steve & Kimberly "
    -Steve & KIM Gartland

  • "We are so sorry to hear of Johns passing. John was always willing to help Bruce and he so enjoyed Johns company. Our hearts go out to the family. "
    -Bruce and Shannon Handel

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