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John B. Capen Jr., age 64, of Kentwood (formerly of Alto), passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Thursday, May 28, 2020. He was born May 21, 1956, in Grand Rapids, to the late John and N. Irene (Meyers) Capen Sr. John proudly served his country in the United States Army. On November 1, 1974, he married the love of his life, Lorrie Benedict in Alto, MI. Together they celebrated 45 years of marriage and had three beautiful girls.

John retired after 15 years with NAPA in Lowell, MI. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, fishing, golfing, hunting, and most recently, making custom knives, which he gifted to many family members and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lorrie; 3 daughters, Jamie (Scott) Grinage, Kelly (Dave) Vincent, and Lacey Capen (AJ Jackson); 6 grandchildren, Alec, Joshua, Jacob, Claire, Jalyn and Bowie; mother-in-law, Gladys Benedict; brothers/sisters-in-law, Russ (Debby) Benedict, Jenny Teachout (Kelly Bishop), Mary (Rick) Terrill, and Ray (Ronda) Benedict; nieces, Sherry Rider and Jacquelyn Tatge; and many other nieces & nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; father-in-law, Art Benedict; and nephew, Andrew Benedict.

Per John’s wishes cremation has taken place. At this time public services will not be held, but a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital and Spectrum Health Hospice for the care and compassion they showed John and the family through this difficult time.

In memory of John, memorial contributions can be made to Bowne Center United Methodist Church, Alto, MI.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Ed and Sharon Warner on June 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss. What a great guy he’ll be missed by us all. Our thoughts are with you all.

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