John J. Ferland Sr., 84, of Defiance, was called home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
He was born in Christ on Feb. 17, 1929, in St. Claire, MI., to Albert J. and Helen V. (Ball) Ferland, who preceded him in death. On June 27, 1953, he married Donna Majeske, who survives.
John is survived by seven children: Paul (Susan) Ferland, Mark (April) Ferland, Laura
(Dennis) Hammersmith, John Ferland Jr., Philip (Tami) Ferland, Donna (Dennis) Polter and Edith (Mark) Schelling. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Anne Westwick; and a brother, Francis (Theresa) Ferland.
He was also preceded in death by brothers, Albert J., David and Albert J. Jr.; and a sister, Judith Ferland.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict as a radar operator. Upon leaving the service, he began work in television and communications and received a bachelor's in electrical engineering. He then worked for A. Van Brackel & Sons until 1994.
He attended two years of seminary school during high school at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Upon moving to Defiance in 1967 from Dearborn, MI, he continued as a choir director at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Defiance. He retired with a total of 50 years service to the churches and then joined the choir as a parishioner at St. John Catholic Church.
He donated his time to city council, the food pantry and Defiance County Airport where he joined the board in 1984 and was president from 1986-2009. He was a 37-year member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). His passions included his wife and kids and flying. Most of all, fulfilling his duty to God which he did to the best of his abilities.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at St. John's Catholic Church on Jackson Ave. Officiating will be Father Todd Dominique.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's and St. Mary's Catholic church food pantry to help feed the hungry and Defiance County Humane Society for neglected animals. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.