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Dr. John A. Picone, age 66, of Okemos, formerly of Medford MA, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017. He was a distinguished physician for 35 years, an outstanding soccer coach and a proud alumnus of Michigan State University.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Rose (Caruso) Picone. Surviving are his sister, Anita (Edward) Longo; brothers, Dr. David (Katie) Picone and Richard (Kathi) Picone; he was a hilarious and loving uncle to, Greg Longo, Alicia Truesdell, Alyssa, Jessica, Allison, and Anthony Picone; devoted friend of many cherished weimaraners, Aldo & Marco.  

A celebration of John’s “Doc’s” life will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21st at Huntington Club, MSU Spartan Stadium, 4th floor in East Lansing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, P.O. Box 372 Grand Haven, MI 49417 or

or to Dr. John Picone / Okemos Soccer Lights Project. Checks can be made out to Okemos Athletics Boosters, PO Box 57, Okemos, MI 48805.  Please indicate on check memo: Dr. Picone Soccer Fund. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 

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  1. Teresa & Rick Simpson on May 3, 2017 at 5:44 am

    We are sorry for your loss. John was a great doctor and we liked him very much. Praying for your families and the Cima family.
    Teresa & Rick Simpson



  2. Sandra Briggs on May 3, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I will miss my Doctor Picone very much. He was not only my doctor since the 1980’s but a very good friend. Rest in peace “Doc”.



  3. Rudite Robinson on May 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    We are heart broken. He was our Doctor, friend, and confidant. He was a kind and compassionate man with a wonderful sense of humor. We will miss him so very much. He made the world a better place.



  4. Jackie Womack on May 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I am very saddened by the news of Dr. Picone’s passing. I have been a patient of his for over 10 years and he always had a smile and a joke at every visit. He was a wonderful man and an outstanding physician. My condolences to his family and friends. May God bless you and comfort you.



  5. June and John Houldsworth on May 3, 2017 at 11:38 am

    To Dr. Picone’s family and the Williamston Primary Care staff, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We loved him too.



  6. Kirk Dethlefsen & Family on May 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I will miss greatly our family doctor of 25+ years. He is the doctor who saved my 2nd oldest daughter’s life by diagnosing what two other doctors had incorrectly diagnosed. His quick work and getting her the specialist & treatment needed allowed her to be a cancer survivor. I consider Doc a special, special doctor and friend. God Bless your family in this time of grief and loss.



  7. Dr. Jack B. Carmichael on May 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am a friend of his brother, Dr. David Picone. May the family accept my condolences on the passing of Dr. John Picone. Just read the sports section of this morning’s Lansing State Journal. He will be greatly missed.



  8. judy alchin on May 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Pacone passing. He was a great physician to me. Very compassionate and caring, I will truly miss him. Gods blessing to his family.



  9. Jack Tweedie on May 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Anita,

    Sorry to learn of the death of your brother. Please accept my sympathy.
    Jack



  10. Jim & Georgia Hayden on May 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    As a friend, business partner and our family physician you are truly missed. Thank you for your quality care for 35 years, your friendship wit and jokes. You have left a void in our lives. It was our privilege and blessing and honor to to have known you. May you Rest In Peace my friend! God Bless you. Jim and Georgia



  11. Dave Chapman on May 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I knew John as my physician for decades and as a coach for the Okemos soccer team. He and I were both involved in starting soccer at Okemos. He was excellent at all these things. His postive impact on his students was very evident. He was a great teacher – as a coach and as a doctor. I will miss him.



  12. Debbie Mulcahy on May 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I was very saddened to hear of John’s passing.
    He was such a wonderful guy. My condolences to his family and many friends. John touched so many lives and will be forever in our hearts.
    Wonderful memories and a lot of laughter.



  13. Paul & Carolene Vanepps on May 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    He is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless him for all the care he gave Paul, our hearts ache and will be always be remembered.



  14. Danna (Bradley) Kessler on May 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I worked with John for 6 years. I miss him and everyone at the office. I am saddened I will not be able to see him again. He was very good to me and my whole family. He was a good man and Doctor. RIP .



  15. Rob and Denise Davis on May 4, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Denise, Danielle and Rob are greatly saddened to learn of John’s passing. He was a talented physician, a barrel of laughs and a kindly gentleman. We will miss him very much. One of our best memories of Dr Picone is when confronted with a difficult question his saying, “I don’t know, I’m not God, I’m only Italian”.



  16. Robert Lewis on May 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    John was more than my doctor, he was a good friend. I loved to fix his trains for him and put up with his humor. I’ll miss him terribly.Rob Lewis



  17. J Lewis on May 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I will miss Dr Picone, he would go out of his way to help me. He was always so upbeat and friendly, his positive attitude and caring is something we can all learn from and strive towards. He had such great humour that would light up a room and made my visits to the doctors office feel more like visiting a friend than anything else. He will be missed but always remembered.



  18. Leonard and Ladona Zack and Family on May 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    To Dr. Picone’s Family, we send our condolences. We are forever thankful for John being such a great doctor and such a caring friend.



  19. John Birchfield on May 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Coach Picone was a classic. I was on the first Varsity soccer team at OHS. He took a rag tag group of boys and turned us into a team of young men. He held us accountable, yet always had a joke to keep things in perspective. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace Coach, and thank you. John Birchfield



  20. Stacy Flatt on May 5, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I’m am saddened to hear that John has passed. We meet him when he got Aldo and we got Billet. He was such a generous and kind person. He lived his life to the fullest and our lives will be a dim without him. We sending our prayers out to his family and friends.



  21. Russell Hernandez-Woodring on May 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    John has been my Physician for as long as I can remember, a good friend and always put a smile on my face. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.



  22. george@shyla Lites on May 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    your commical and bouyant personality will be sorely missed.you had a bedside manner that was very unique,
    God speed john.xo

    go



  23. Ken Zisholz on May 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    RIP Dr. Picone, thanks for the years of exceptional care. You will be deeply missed by many.



  24. Peggy Dutchet on May 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

    John, you will truly be missed as a friend and my family doctor for over 30 years. Meeting you as one of your Anatomy instructors at MSU-COM was memorable. You were an excellent student who became an excellent doctor. It is going to take time for me to accept you are gone.

    I will miss our MSU football discussions and our political talks. I hope you look down on a great football season this year. I’ll think of you everyone I watch Spartan football.

    RIP!!!



  25. Angela Hoogterp on May 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    My heart goes out to you all. He was a great person,and a wonderful physician when we needed him with Beth, all those years ago.
    Dave: know that I’m sending love.
    Best of love and energy to all
    Angie Hoogterp DO



  26. Tracy & Theresa Buycks on May 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Dr. Picone & Jodi provided excellent medical care to my husband and I for years. We’re sending our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Picone & CIMA Families.



  27. Mark & Carol Russell on May 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of John. The care and kindness that he provided to our family was exceptional, and he is irreplaceable. We will so miss our conversations with him, his humor, and his compassion when our son passed. God speed Dr. John Picone, we loved you, and with God’s grace will see you again.



  28. Mary Theroux on May 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    John was my classmate at St. Francis School in Medford. I remember John as the funniest boy in the class, handsome, too…I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.



  29. Kelly Bartell on May 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I am in complete shock by this news. I accidentally came across his obituary and couldn’t believe my eyes. I send my heartfelt condolences to his staff, family and friends. May he RIP!! He will be terribly missed!! Sincerest regards in loving kindness.



  30. Carol Bappert on May 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    My son and I saw Dr. Picone from 2003, until last February. We already miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.



  31. Carol Bappert on May 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    My son and I saw Dr. Picone from 2003, until last February. We already miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.



  32. Carol Bappert on May 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    My son and I saw Dr. Picone from 2003, until last February. We already miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. He and Dr. Ray must be having some wonderful conversations about weimaraners.



  33. Carol Bappert on May 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    My son and I saw Dr. Picone from 2003, until last February. We already miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. He and Dr. Ray must be having some wonderful conversations about weimaraners.



  34. Char on May 18, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Dave
    Though I didn’t know John well, I remember visiting his office on Hamilton so many years ago.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your brothers passing be a blessing in your life.



  35. Neil Gross on May 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Shocked and saddened by the news of John’s death. Deepest sympathies to family.



  36. Mike Carr on May 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Met Dr. Picone when the doc I was assigned to left the Hamilton office, so I got Dr. Picone for my appointment instead. I told him I wasn’t impressed with the other guy anyway and asked why he had left. Dr. Picone bluntly said, “He didn’t like treating sick people.” Dr.Picone was my doctor after that. My condolences to his family and friends.



  37. John Kelly on May 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I first met John in his first year of practice in Okemos. I was sometimes treated by a visiting friendly dog while waiting in an exam room. Great touch! I will miss John. I remember him as a friend as well as my doctor.



  38. Beth Meyer on August 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

    It’s taken me this long to write about Dr. Picone. He was my dr. for 30 years. He also was my friend, it was never a chore to go to the Dr. because I knew I would be seeing John. Loved our conversations and he was the only Dr that could be frank with me. One time I went to see John, and I was feeling poorly but not
    Not on deaths door! After telling him my symptoms he looked and me and said “quit your bitchin” with a big smile. I loved that man and his death hit me pretty hard. Rest In Peace John and thanks for everything!!



  39. Ken Gornstein on September 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Great doctor, great person, gone way too soon. John, we’ll miss you!



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