John James Gettmann
Age 86, of Grand Blanc, passed away on December 10, 2022. To honor his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at New Life Christian Fellowship, 2237 Reid Rd, Grand Blanc, MI 48439, on Saturday, January 14, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on John’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.
John James Gettmann was born on January 12, 1936, in Satus, Washington, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Mildred (Turner) Gettmann. He was a man of many talents; there really wasn’t much he couldn’t do. His passion was flying Cessnas over the jungles of West Papua, Indonesia, with Mission Aviation Fellowship; he flew for MAF for over 12 years which included teaching pilots to be bush pilots. Later, he taught aviation at Mendocino Junior College in California, and at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He was also an airplane and car mechanic, an insurance agent, a house builder, a carpenter, and an estimator for a construction firm, just to name a few of his talents. His greatest joy was his family, but his two greatest loves were his Savior, Jesus Christ, and his wife of almost 65 years.
Surviving John is his wife; Gwendolyn Gettmann, his son; James (Linda) Gettmann, his four daughters; Cheryl (Ronald) Jarvi, Susan (Michael) Sherfield, Lynda (Leon) Goorabian, and Cynthia (John) Orito, his sister; Beatrice Mattern, his brother; Bob (Beverly) Gettmann, as well as three nieces, 1 nephew, 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother; Ed Gettmann.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made “In Memory of John Gettmann” to Mission Aviation Fellowship, PO Box 47, Nampa, Idaho 83653, Phone (800) 359-7623 (donor services) or donations can be made online at Missionaviationfellowship.org.
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