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John Ivan "Big John" Loznak

August 26, 1928 ~ July 13, 2021 (age 92)


     John Ivan “Big John” Loznak, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at his home.

     Private Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel. Burial will take place at Ford Cemetery, Gratiot County, Michigan. 

      John was born on August 26, 1928, the son of James and Marie (Knotek) Loznak.  On February 10, 1951, he married Etta Jean Loynes in Chapin, Michigan.  They were blessed with 60 years of marriage prior to her passing on October 8, 2010.  Their many adventures took them around the world, built them a business, and most importantly gave them a loving family.

     It wasn’t uncommon to walk into loud polka music echoing down the hallway, at Big John’s house.  He loved a good family dinner and his pride and joy were his children and grandchildren; whether it was taking them, fishing, feeding the ducks, enjoying spending time up north, or basking in joy of “embarrassing” them in public; with his larger than life personality!  Time with Big John was always well spent.  His wit, humor, and spirit of getting into the best kind of trouble, will live on in those who loved him most.

     John is survived by his children: Daniel (Kathy) Loznak of Cheboygan, MI, and David Loznak of Owosso, MI, and daughter Patricia (Jim) Goessling of Scottsdale, AZ; 4 grandchildren: Selena, Nadine, Amanda, and Cory; and great-grandchildren: Samantha, Julia, Ava, Max, Ryan, and Logan and his brother, Edward and Doris Loznak. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Etta Jean, and his siblings: Stanley, Charles, Fritz, Mary, Mildred, Frances, and Dorothy.

     The family would like to express tremendous gratitude to Cindy for her years of love and care.

     Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, 1009 South US-27, St. Johns, MI 48879.  Online condolences may be made at   The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.

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Elsie, MI 48831


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