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John Allen Ayris, age 59, of Blanchard, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022. The son of Harley Lee & Shirley Ann (Recker) Ayris, he was born on November 9, 1962 in Mount Pleasant.  John was a graduate of Montabella High School with the class of 1980.

On September 7, 1985, in Edmore, he married Susan Jane Jensen, and together they enjoyed 36 years of marriage and raised 2 children. John retired from Federal Mogul Corporation after 29 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, golf, listening to classic rock music, and being with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley L. & Shirley A. Ayris; his parents-in-law, Robert E. & Carol J. Jensen; and a brother-in-law, Dean Tilmann.

Surviving are his wife, Susan J. Ayris of Blanchard; their children, Nicole Lynn & Matt Croll, of Edmore, and Kaylee Lynn Craven, of Mt. Pleasant; brothers and sisters, Mike & Jackie Ayris, of Shepherd, Kathy Tilmann, of Weidman, Greg & Vicky Ayris, of Remus, Aaron Ayris, of Farwell, Matthew Ayris, of Beaverton; sibling-in-law, Chris Jensen of Greenville, Alabama; and 5 nieces and nephews.

As John wished, no services will be held, but a celebration of life will be held at a later date. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign John’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Bev and Dick Bigelow on May 21, 2022 at 9:35 am

    So sorry for your loss.Prayers for his family and friends.He will be missed

  2. Cindy on May 21, 2022 at 9:42 am

    So sorry to hear, Nicole. Sending lots of prayers.

  3. Michael and Julia on May 21, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Our hearts break for you and the girls. Susan; you and John were the best neighbors and friends. Our children are just as sad. John was a good man and will be dearly missed by all of us. Many, many, many hugs to you three and prayers.

    The Beardsley family.

  4. Chuck & Sandy (Comstock) Washburn Sr. on May 21, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Susan & Family, so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

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