John “Jack” Kools, 88

Published 11:09am Friday, March 1, 2013

Born: May 28, 1924

Died: Feb. 19, 2013

John “Jack” Kools, 88, of Owosso passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Saginaw.


A memorial mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Pastors Michael O’Brien and John Fain officiating.

John was born May 28, 1924 in Kalamazoo, the son of Benjamin and Jane (Stakem) Kools.

He grew up in Niles, Michigan. Following graduation from Niles High School in 1943, his studies took him to Western Michigan University. His studies at the University were interrupted when he enlisted in the United States Navy on the USS Balao Submarine, until the end of World War II. John then went on to work for Hughes in Marino Del Rey, California for several years and finally to Ford Aero Space working on Government contracts.

After retirement, John earned a pilot license and enjoyed ten years of flying, fishing and golfing in Payson, Arizona. He also looked forward to playing bridge with friends in Owosso and cheering for Notre Dame Football.

John married Lynn Boylind on Aug. 11, 1972.

He is survived by his beloved wife and dearest friend Lynn; daughter Caroline Abram of Scottsdale, Az.; sister Patricia Bonfoey and her children of Alpena; grandsons Matt, Greg and Will Abram; great-granddaughters Allie and Sienna Abram of Phoenix, Az.; nieces Maureen Cannon, Jane Sawer and Gussy Rheaume; nephew Jim Gray; and Lynn’s extensive family in California.

John is predeceased by his daughter Maureen Kools and three siblings.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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