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John E. Gorman, age 83, of Greenville, formerly of Bay City and Midland, passed away Thursday evening, June 25, 2009 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

The son of John Edwin & Florence May (Allen) Gorman, he was born on June 7, 1926 in Detroit. He began a career with the Dow Chemical Company in Midland in 1943, which was interrupted when John enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Following the war, he returned to Dow where one of the highlights of his career was working on the Apollo rocket project for NASA at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, retiring as supervisor of investment recovery.

John was an avid antique and collectible car buff, who also enjoyed building dune buggies, in addition to gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janet Irene (Dore) Gorman; three daughters, Mary Beth Corey, Barbara Ann Bailor, Brenda Marie Campbell; three sons, Matthew James Gorman, Gregory Gerard Gorman, Luke Christopher Gorman; two grandchildren, Mathew Robert Gorman and Janet Lynn Bailor; two sisters, Margaret Kotlewski and Ellen Bradley; and a brother, Patrick Gorman.

Surviving are his wife, Mary (Seene) Gorman of Greenville; their children, John E. & Sharon Gorman of Sugar Land, Texas, Scott & Mitzi Gorman of Midland, Mark & Sherry Gorman of Ada, Molly & Brian Vogel of Houston, Texas, and Wayne D. Dillon, Jr. of Greenville; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda (Gorman) Swayze of DeWitt,; three sons-in-law, Marlan Corey of Owosso, Gary Bailor of Essexville, and Jeffrey Campbell of Bloomfield Hills; three sisters and a brother-in-law, May Cabay of Auburn, Edith & Milton Winters of Bay City, and Kathleen Hickerson of Midland; sixteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2009 from St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with Father Phil Salmonowicz presiding.

Visitation is Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a Rosary Prayer service beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Johns online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on June 25, 2009 at 12:00 am


    07/02/2009 –

    Marcella Anderson

    So sorry to hear that John’s father passed away. Our thoughts are with you. Please e-mail if you find time so we can get caught up on life. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    06/30/2009 –


    Aunt Mary and Family, Uncle John will be missed .Jack said it all about this truely wonderful man… Christie,Rick,Derick and Paige

    06/29/2009 –

    Ellen Maus, Mari Maus-Verhalen and Family

    Sending thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of John and Janet when Tom was living.
    Sincerely, Ellen Maus, Mari Maus-Verhalen, and family

    06/28/2009 –

    Mike & Mancy Quinlan

    Both Mike and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    06/27/2009 –

    Randy Tammy Kirshman

    Just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Randy and I was in shock. Sorry for your lost.

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