Earl Anthony Siterlet, Jr. age 79, of Howard City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family who loved him so on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Born March 12, 1933 to Earl Sr. and Lucille (Schlaff) in Detroit, Michigan, his family moved to Livonia in 1941 and he graduated from Bentley High School in 1951. There he met the love of his life, Juanita Kracht. They were married at Saint Vibiana’s Cathedral in Los Angeles in 1952. A veteran of the Korean War, Earl proudly served his country in the US Navy where he was stationed on Guam and Korea in the Construction Battalion. Following his military service, Earl and Juanita returned home to Michigan to raise their 8 children. He was for many years a gentleman farmer while obtaining his journeyman carpenter’s license in 1956. Earl utilized his passion and talents in the construction trades as he started Thermal-Tec in 1983, a commercial roofing company in Cedar Springs, MI. Earl maintained his builder’s license and went on to own and operate a development company after his retirement from Thermal-Tec. Earl built several properties throughout Howard City, Canadian Lakes, and Cedar Springs. His true passion in life was found in his woodshop where his hands created beautiful pieces of furniture. Earl was an active member of Christ The King Catholic Church in Howard City, a lifelong member of the American Legion, an avid golfer, and a mentor and leader to all who knew him. He lived a life full of adventure and uniqueness. If you had the great fortune to know Earl, you never forgot him. No one could tell a story quite like Earl. He was full of life, creativity, opinions, advice and one line phrases that always made you laugh. The world is a less colorful place without Earl in it. Earl is preceded in death by his beloved son Richard, his brothers Dick and Jim and his sister Rosemary. He is survived by his lifelong partner and wife of 60 years Juanita, and seven children and their spouses: John (Kathleen), Michael (Eileen), Catherine Siterlet, Elizabeth Woods (Brian), Robert (Mary), Linda Blanchard (Jeff), and Lori McInnis (Joe). He also leaves behind two trusted assistants in Kelly Fox and Laura Schweitzer. Survivors also include the spectacular loves of his lives, his 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: Jenna and Zach McCauig; Andrew, Aaron, and Adam Woods; Devin and Brady McInnis; Kelra Whitacre and Greg Rise; John and Jacob Siterlet; Abby and Zach Blanchard; Valentino Siterlet; Mason and Taiten McCuaig; Layla Rise; KJ Pearson and Ethan Whitacre. Remaining survivors are his brother John (Patsy) Siterlet, and sisters Elaine Morgan and Agnes Williamson, as well as many treasured nieces and nephews whom he thought of as his own. While Earl accomplished many things, his family is a tribute to the legacy he leaves behind. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 pm and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 11:00 am at Christ The King Catholic Church, Howard City. Rev. Fr. William F. Zink, celebrant. Interment with military honors at North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant House, 461 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.
Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs