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John Ray Chase, age 55, of Newaygo, died at home on Friday morning, November 10, 2017 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for the last several months.

A loving husband and father, John was known as a man who liked to smile, laugh, and make jokes. The son of Clarence & Kathleen (Vincent) Chase, he was born on January 18, 1962 in Grand Rapids.

He graduated from Godwin High School and graduated from Ferris State College with a welding degree. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1982 and served until 1991, working as an aviation ordnance specialist. His service included deployment in Desert Storm. After his Navy service, he worked as a truck driver. He drove for WalMart for the last 15 years. John was an avid motorcycle rider who made several trips to the huge annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He was especially happy that he was able to make his final trip to Sturgis in August. John Chase and Carrie Mundell were married on Dec. 20, 1998 at Croton Community Church.

John was preceded in passing by his parents. Along with his wife, John is survived by his children, Vicky, Bonnie, John and Jesse, all of Newaygo; siblings, Lena Bevens, of Lowell, Bill Chase, of Morley, Larry Chase, of Englewood, Florida, and Missy Chase, of Hesperia; as well as many other family members and many friends.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. 

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Diane Zoeller on November 15, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You have my sympathies.

  2. shari on November 15, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I am very sad to hear of John’s passing. John and I dated back in High School. He was a nice guy and was also the one happy and laughing. I remember once after High School we hooked up and ended up going camping with his brother and girlfriend. I think we ended up in Irons, MI and met up with his sister and camped. That was a fun time. We lost touch, and I still thought about him once in awhile. Too young to leave this earth. Just know he’s in a better place joining those who have passed before him and will see you when your time comes. I pray for your family, that you have peace and know others are thinking of you.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Shari Bruinekool-Mead

  3. Jodi Stark on November 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids, Carrie. May the love and peace of Jesus clothe you all in this time of sorrow.

  4. Tammy De Vries Kretowicz on November 15, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. While it’s true that I have not seen John since high school; I remember him as being nice to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. Sue (Nauta) Eastman on November 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    John and I were schoolmates. Haven’t seen him since graduation, but have talked on Facebook a few times a few years back. We talked about riding motorcycles and who we still talked to from school. Didnt know he was ill, sorry for your loss. He was always so kind, made you laugh and I remember the smile. He will be missed by so many, and is Surely in a better place. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

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