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John Wesley Cecil

May 23, 1931 ~ May 2, 2017 (age 85)

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     John Wesley Cecil, age 85 of St Johns, MI, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday May 2, 2017.

     A Memorial Service will be held on June 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Chapel, 27996 Halsted Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48331.

     John was born May 23, 1931 in Highland Park, MI, the son of Lee and Alice (Stover) Cecil. John was married to Rosemary Cascaden, November 6, 1982 in CO. John and Rosemary resided in Creede, CO; Prescott, AZ and St Johns, MI.

     John served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. John worked most of his career at Ford Motor Company, retiring in 1982. John was one of the modelers on the original Ford Mustang. After retiring from Ford, John worked at C&C Automotive Specialties until 2005.

     John was a kind and loving individual. He was strong-willed and compassionate at the same time. Thoughtful, prayerful and generous to the people he loved. John loved the outdoors and was a volunteer Boy Scout leader for many years. Truly a talented and skilled individual, he loved hand-crafted projects and was especially skilled at woodworking. His personal faith was important to him, a committed church member and a strong supporter of the work of the Salvation Army.

     He is survived by his wife Rosemary Cecil of St. Johns, MI; daughter Beth Cecil-Hanna of Detroit, MI; son Brad and Suely Cecil of Ft. Worth, TX; son Brian Cecil of Wheatridge, CO; daughter Laura and David Detloff of Naples, FL; step-daughter Gail and Bob Brown of St. Johns, MI; step-daughter Judy Mann of St. Johns, MI; step-son Chuck and Nancy Cascaden of Commerce Twp, MI; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. John was preceded in death by his parents; step-son Richard Cascaden; brother Bob Cecil; son Scott Cecil and Carol Cecil.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Online condolences can be sent to   

     Memorial service details will be posted on this site.

     The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Salvation Army
425 Republic, Alma MI 48801

 Service Information

Memorial Service
June 3, 2017

11:00 PM
Grace Chapel
27996 Halsted Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

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