May 12, 1928 - February 24, 2014 Resided in Portage, MI
HINES, John S.
of Portage, Michigan
Died February 24, 2014 at age 85. John was born May 12, 1928 in Sturgis, MI to the late Alpha and Gertrude (Waterstraut) Hines. John was united in marriage to Joan Lyon on June 25, 1951. He served as a pilot in the US Air Force from August of 1950 until he retired as a Major in August of 1971. He was a member of the Pineview Golf Club and the Portage Lions Club for over 32 years. John received his Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. While assigned to the 7405th Support Squadron, Wiesbaden, Germany he was awarded The Air Medal for meritorious achievement. Following his military service, John was employed for 10 years by Covance, (formerly Laboratory Research Enterprises) in Kalamazoo, until his 2nd retirement. John is survived by his wife Joan Hines of Portage; his children, Barbara (Michael) Kiella of Allegan, John Gregory (Jeanne) Hines of Arvada, CO and Janet Hines of Brookville, Maryland; 7 grandchildren, Matthew and Kelsey Kiella, Brian (Casey) Douglass, Brittany and Savannah Hines and Stephanie and Nicholas Forlenza; and many nieces and nephews. Also preceding John in death was his sister, Helen Kanaga. Family will greet friends on Friday from 6-8 pm at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., where a memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am. Memorials may be directed to Rose Arbor Hospice Care, Portage Lions Club or to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Read John Hines's Obituary and Guestbook on www.langelands.com.