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Jonathan Robert Granfeldt, age 27, of Kalamazoo, passed away unexpectedly on September 16, 2017.

The son of John & Elizabeth (Swim) Granfeldt, and beloved brother to Scott, he was born on December 24, 1989 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He has many wonderful cousins, aunts, and uncles who loved him very much.

Jon attended undergraduate studies at Illinois State University, and was currently enrolled in the Kalamazoo Valley Community College/Western Michigan University Sustainable Brewery Program. He was employed at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Jonathan loved his co-workers and enjoyed playing on their softball team.

He qualified as an Illinois State swimmer as a backstroker, and also was an Eagle Scout (the highest ranking in the Boys Scouts of America). Jon loved Chicago sports teams and snowboarding. He had a deep passion for music, especially listening to Griz, and attending many music festivals with friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions that will go towards the Sustainable Craft Brewing Program may be made to:

WMU Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5403
Make payable to WMU Foundation, with in memory to Jon Granfeldt Scholarship Fund in the memo.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jonathan’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:      

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Jeff, Julie & Brooke Edwards on September 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Dear John, Betsy and Scott,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Jonathan’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Jeff, Julie and Brooke Edwards

  2. Deborah Shelton on September 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I knew this young man most of his childhood. He played with my girls when he was small and later our families spent great amounts of time together sharing meals, going to church together, vacationing, skiing, and just plain “hanging” out. Jonathan was the brother my girls never had. He playfully teased them and made them laugh. He made me laugh too. I will never forget how he could memorize lines from movies and randomly repeat them.

  3. Susan Bland on September 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Although I never met Jonathan, it is clear to me that he was a joy to everyone he knew. If he loved The Beatles, he believed that “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”. Peace be with The Granfeldt Family.

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