John K. Gore, 79 / Oct. 30, 1930 – March 21, 2010

Published 11:34 am Thursday, March 25, 2010

John K. Gore, 79, of Cassopolis died Sunday at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

John was born Oct. 30, 1930 in Clearwater, Fla. to Jean (Stamp) and John C. Gore. In 1943 the family moved to Cassopolis. John graduated from Cassopolis High School in 1948 and went on to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University.
Following more than 30 years of service, he retired from Bendix Corp. in 1983. He then began a second career in public service for Cass County, which he loved. John served on many community boards and committees, working tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all in the county. He also worked in the rental home business. In 2008, John retired from the post of Penn Township supervisor, having served 22 years.

On Aug. 13, 1950 he married Marilyn Squires, his high school sweetheart, who survives along with their children: Janeen (Robert) Godfrey, of Carmel, Ind.; Jill (Thomas) Vihtelic, of Cassopolis; and John S. Gore, of Cassopolis. Six grandchildren also survive, of whom John is very proud: Dr. David (Stacie) Godfrey, of Williamsville, N.Y.; Jenna Godfrey, of Durham, N.C.; Andrew Vihtelic, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Patrick (Sarah) Vihtelic, of San Francisco, Calif.; John Daniel Gore, of Grand Rapids; and Molly Gore, of Cassopolis and East Lansing. His brother, Charles W. (Alice) Gore, of Orlando, Fla. and his brother-in-law, Gordon (Nathene) Squires, of Elkhart, Ind. also survive.

A brother, Curtis E. Gore, preceded him in death.

Connelly Funeral Home handled arrangements. A private internment will occur at a later date.

The Gore family is grateful to Southwestern Michigan Hospice for the wonderful care and friendship given at this difficult time.

Memorials may be made to Southwestern Michigan Hospice, 801 Hazen St., Suite A, Paw Paw, MI 49079-2008, or to either the Cass District Library or the Cass County Council on aging, both of Cassopolis, MI, 49031.

Letters of condolence may be sent to connellyfuneral