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John S. Bambini, age 54, of Kentwood, passed away at home, Saturday, March 19, 2016, of pancreatic cancer.  He was surrounded by his loving family.    

The son of Louis & Maria (Heczko) Bambini, he was born on March 30, 1961 in Chicago, IL. John studied electrical engineering at the University of Evansville.  He met his wife during their college years.  John and Deborah moved to Grand Rapids in 1986 where they raised their family.  John began and ended his career, locally, at Lear Siegler.  As a department of GE Aviation, writing software for this company, John’s mission was to “keep our skies safe”.  He also worked for a brief time at Prince Corporation and Johnson Controls in Holland. John maintained close and lasting relationships with many of his work colleagues, which speaks strongly to his character and commitment.

John enjoyed tinkering with all things electronic and spending time with his family.  For entertainment, he enjoyed sci-fi movies and television shows. He is remembered for his kindness, compassion, dry humor and quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents. John is survived by his wife of 32 years, Deborah (Lindemann) Bambini; two children Michael (Emily) Bambini and Meghan (Dave) Henders; two grandchildren, Joseph Bambini and Asher Henders; brother, Louis (Jeanne) Bambini; many nieces & nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Jake. John was very proud of the adults his children have become and the families they have started.  

Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, where memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Hospice of Holland are encouraged.  

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


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  1. Scott Marsman on March 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    My sincere condolences on your loss. John was a great guy and I really appreciated his attitude and hard work at work. He will definitely be missed. You are in our prayers.

  2. Jamie Dickerson on March 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

    My heart is broken for your family. John is one of the nicest men Ive ever known, and I know he was a wonderful husband and father. Im so sorry for your loss.

  3. Judy Willink on March 22, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. I will think of you and pray for peace and comfort in the weeks to come.

  4. Larry Zurawski on March 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    So sorry for you loss. I havent seen John in many years, but the memories are still vivid – Chemistry class, pinball, the road trip to Evansville, and of course his famous one-liners, which still make me laugh almost 40 years later.

  5. Mark Johnson on March 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I worked close with John back at Smiths at the plant on Eastern and kept in contact with him recently. He was a smart and great engineer. John and I are about the same age and his children are the same age as mine. I always remember how proud he was of his family and the joy you all gave him.

  6. Bill Kitzsteiner on March 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Deb…Jeannie and I are so very sorry for your loss. I worked with John for many years and remember many get togethers especially at Lear. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Rest in peace John!

  7. Charlie Harag on March 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I was saddened to find out that John had passed away.
    My best wishes to his family and friends.
    John was a true gentle soul and will be missed by all of those whose lives he touched.
    John was a great person to work with. He would always take the time to explain details and answer questions.

  8. Kevin & Jill Barry & Family on March 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Deb & family – we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you, as well as prayers for Gods comfort and peace.

  9. Dan Edgar on March 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Deb and family,

    We are saddened by the passing of John. Our condolences to your family. I first worked with John at Lear Siegler and most recently at GE. John was a quiet individual with a incredible sense of humor. 2 fond memories I will always have of John; a business trip to San Fransisco and a garage full of engineers trying to install the structural beam at your Kentwood home.

    Dan & Diane Edgar

  10. Journie Cruz on March 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    John was a wonderful man and a great “uncle!” He and his family are such kind and lovely people. All my love to Debbie and the kids.

    Im sorry that I didnt make the visitation or memorial – Im not on Facebook so I didnt find out until Sunday.

    Youre all in my prayers.

  11. Colin Smidstra on March 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I enjoyed working with John at Prince Corporation.

  12. Mahadevan Sakthivel on May 20, 2016 at 3:15 am

    My Deepest condolences to John’s family. I was working with him as part of the Boeing 787 project in Smiths aerospace.

    Very nice person and he will always try to help the people as much as he can. It is very shocking to hear this news. Let his soul rest in peace.


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