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John W. Barlass

January 29, 1931 - October 17, 2016
Spring Lake, MI


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Mr. John Williams Barlass, age 85, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 following a brief illness. He was born in Janesville Wisconsin and moved to Minnesota at a young age where he attended the University Of Minnesota and earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business. John also earned a Business Degree from Harvard University. Mr. Barlass worked for several different leading companies and was most proud of his time leading engineering at Thermo-King. John was passionate about life-long learning, travel experiences and most of all, helping others. He raced cars, was a scuba diver, and a successful serial entrepreneur. His favorite spot was his well-worn lounge chair on the sandy beach at his condo on Grand Cayman.


He leaves his beloved wife, Darlene; his children Mark Hoskins, Amy Donaldson, Shawn Fisher, Dan Barlass, Scott Barlass, his grandchildren Neil Hoskins, Christel Hoskins, Parker Donaldson, William Donaldson, Isabella Donaldson, Danielle Fisher, David Barlass, Derek Barlass, Mikaela Frank, Joy Maas, Charity Barlass, Jacob Barlass, and Faith Larson. He also leaves 12 great grandchildren whom he deeply cherished.


No Services will be held.