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John “Jack” Thomas Steggles of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away at age 93, on September 29, 2021. He was born on September 9, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan. He retired from Ford Motor Company where he worked as an engineer for 40 years. He also served in the United States Marine Corps during WW2.  Jack came to Grand Rapids from Bradenton, Florida where he settled after retiring. He  was a Mason and a Shriner, in addition to being an avid golfer. He was also a member and board member of Sara Bay Country Club in Bradenton, Fl.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruth; 3 sons, Mike and Carol of Ada, John and Debbie of Grand Haven, and Jeff and Debbie of Torch Lake; daughter-in-law, Kim Moerschell of Clinton Township; sisters, Helen Miles of Howell and Barb Wohlfeil of Jenison; 7 grandchildren, Lauren (Justin), Shawn (Ashley), Allison (Quintin), Samantha, Zac, Jacob and Madison; and 2 great-grandchildren, Brayden and Beckham.

Jack also had a fourth son, Mark, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 49.

A memorial service will be held on October 22nd at Porter Hills Village, 3600 Fulton St. E. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, at 11:30 a.m. The service will take place at the Meeting House located on the west end of the property.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to: The Porter Hills Foundation at 1049 East Paris Ave S.E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or at the link provided  and click on “donate” in the upper right corner.

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

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. Sharon Briggs on October 13, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    John, Debbie, Shawn, Ashley and Beckham, Your Dad/Grandpa had a life well lived. It’s so very hard to have a parent pass away. Our sympathy to you all .
    Sharon and Rick Briggs

  2. Deanna zollars on October 13, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I’m very sorry about your dad. What a beautiful legacy he left. He certainly raised a nice son. Thinking of you and your family. Deanna (Katz) Zollars

  3. Donna Westveer on October 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Ruth, sorry for your loss. Jack was a fine man and we appreciated knowing him when you lived in the Prestwick Condos. Ken appreciated Jack as a golfer and a friend.
    Donna and Ken Westveer

  4. Sally Quirello on October 14, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Aunt Ruth , Mike, Carol, John, Debbie, Jeff and Debbie,
    My memories are many and sorrow deep. Uncle Jack always gave us so many laughs through our childhood to adulthood. His smile was contagious and he had twinkle toes when he danced. He will be so missed but never forgotten.
    John and Sally Quirello

  5. Pat & Lou Arnott (Brits) on October 17, 2021 at 12:52 am

    We first met Jack when he worked at Ford Motor Company in Geelong Australia. We quickly became friends through Ruth playing golf with Pat.
    It was them who introduced us to Vodka Martinis, something we have enjoyed as a ritual most Friday evenings since, bringing back fond memories.
    One of our memorable holidays was spent with Jack & Ruth in Florida.
    It was a pleasure to know you.
    Pat & Lou Arnott

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