John Gabriel Frost, age 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Lakeshore Assisted Living’s Sierra home after suffering with Alzheimer’s.
He was born April 16, 1932, in Olive Center to the late John and Mabel (Headley) Frost. John married Janne E. Mulder on September 14, 1956, in Spring Lake. She preceded him in death on June 7, 2004, after nearly 48 years of marriage.
As a lifelong area resident, John retired from Haworth Inc. of Holland in approximately 1995. He was also employed by Challenge Machine and Challenge Porcelain in Grand Haven. For many years he had his own business, Frost Welding and Fabrication, working with blueberry farmers and Christmas tree growers. John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
John loved the outdoors and all things nature. He enjoyed his “walk-abouts,” planting trees, collecting, tinkering and fixing things. He had inventive and mechanical abilities. He was also an animal lover. He enjoyed the company of dogs, cats and ducks and in his early years he rehabilitated an owl and two foxes. He and his wife would travel to South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin to visit their children wherever they were. John had many life-long friendships and will be remembered for his creativeness, wisdom, willingness to help, sense of humor and for being a hard worker.
Survivors include his children: Cheryl (Dale) Williams of Trenton, SC; Patricia (Wayne) Koster of Grand Haven; Brian (Joann) Frost of Howard City; Brad (Melissa) Frost of Grand Haven; and Peggy Walton of Grand Haven. John also had several grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he really enjoyed. His sister, Polly Mulder of Coopersville; brother in-law James (Carol) Mulder of Grand Haven; and sister in-law Linda Sack of Graniteville, SC survive him along with several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers Lloyd ‘Nook’ Frost and Melvin ‘Bud’ Frost.
Per John’s wishes there will be no funeral service, but his family will have a memorial graveside service at a later date. Interment will be in the Historic Cemetery in Grand Haven Township. Contributions can be made in John’s name to The Little Red House in Spring Lake or Lakeshore Assisted Living Income-Based Program. Arrangements by VanZantwick Chapel, 620 Washington St., 49417, 616-842-6100. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com.
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