John E. Mc Lenithan II

RAPID RIVER – John E. Mc Lenithan II, 80, of Rapid River, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 5, 2013, at the Marquette General Hospital following a lengthy illness.

John was born June 6, 1933, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of John and Ruth (Greene) Mc Lenithan. John was raised in Baldwin, Mich., and was a 1951 graduate of Baldwin High School. After graduation, John enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served four years active duty and two years reserve, during the Korean War. On Oct. 12, 1957, during his freshman year at Western Michigan University, John was united in marriage to the former Catherine Korson at St. Wenceslaus Church in Gills Pier, Mich. John eventually graduated from Western Michigan with his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

He and Catherine have lived in their much loved Upper Peninsula of Michigan in excess of 50 years. Here, they have raised five children and are the proud grandparents of 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John has spent many years furthering his education by participating in the multitude of outdoor activities offered by the U.P.’s great abundance of woods and waters. He has spent many hours observing and writing about the sundry and divergent wildlife found within the U.P.’s extensive borders. John has seasoned himself as an accomplished author, comprising his latest book, “HODGEPODGE”, a collection of poetry, prose and essays, completed and published shortly before his death.

In addition, John wrote many articles for national sporting magazines which included, Fur, Fish and Game, Great Lakes Sportsman, Outdoor Life and many others.

Throughout his career, John was employed at Standard Oil as a marketing salesman. John is a member of St. Charles Church in Rapid River. He was proud to sing in the St. Charles Choir and with the Remnants Barbershop Chorus for many years. John was clearly an avid outdoorsman who had a deep love for nature, the Upper Peninsula and his family. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his loving wife Catherine, John is survived by: children, Valerie Kobasic of Escanaba, Mich,. John (Deeanna) Mc Lenithan III of Milford, Conn., Mark (Tracey) Mc Lenithan Westminster, Md., Thomas (Sheri) Mc Lenithan of Waukegan, Ill., Scott (Melissa) Mc Lenithan of Two Harbors, Minn.; brother, Thomas (Shirley) Mc Lenithan of Traverse City, Mich.; sister, Mary Ann (Darrell) Fase of Lowell, Mich.; grandchildren, Kurtis, Krysta, Kaylee, John IV, David, Douglas, Jordon, Ashley, Lauren, Alexander, Kaitlyn, Meghan, Ian, Ryan and Erin; great-grandchildren, Melissa Rose and Ryder. Also surviving are many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruth, and his sisters, Suzanne Crysler and Jeanne Kozarski.

John’s family will receive friends on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites will follow visiting hours at 3 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with the Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard, as well as, the Rapid River American Legion Post 301 presiding. Honorary music presentation, by the Remnants Barbershop Chorus, will immediately follow military rites.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of John E. Mc Lenithan II will follow at 4 p.m. at St. Charles Church in Rapid River with Rev. Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. John’s granddaughter, Kaylee, will sing a tribute hymn to honor her grandfather at the conclusion of mass. Luncheon will be served following mass in the St. Charles Parish Hall.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Mc Lenithan family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at