Walter Paul Suchek, Jr., began his eternal life with our Lord and Savior on Friday, December 4, 2020 at the age of 79, in the care and comfort of his daughter-in-law, Karen. A funeral service for Walter will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Douglas Osborn officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 and one hour prior the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Anyone is welcome at the cemetery since it’s open air. Due to COVID-19, the family respects everyone’s choice to attend at this time or not. No luncheon is planned at this time, but there will be an open air Celebration of Life picnic held at a later date.
He was born on the family farm in Bengal Township, Clinton County, on March 2, 1941, to Walter Sr. and Irene (Bandt) Suchek. The story goes he could fit into a shoebox when they took him to the hospital and his mother even milked cows that day. He attended Harper Country School through the eighth grade. Our dad was a worker. He worked on the family farm from a young age and also helped with the Sipkovsky brothers in mint and potatoes, and at the lumber yard unloading lumber and coal. As he got older, he was a factory worker, employed at Woodards in Owosso and then the Motor Wheel Corporation in Lansing where he retired in 1996 after 33 years of dedicated service. He was one of the last men to leave the floor of Motor Wheel as it closed its doors. On February 9, 1963, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Johns, he married Margaret Ann Glowacki. They enjoyed 23 years of marriage until Marge’s death due to breast cancer in 1986. Their marriage resulted in the birth of five children. He is survived by those children, Paul (Karen) Suchek of St. Johns; Linda (Ernie) Walters of Grandville; Karol (Gene) Sanborn of Pewamo; Steve (Kim) Suchek of Lansing; and Robert (Nicole) Suchek of Hubbardston; grandchildren, Amy (Todd) Gronowski, Tess (Pat Savoie) Suchek, Sam (Victoria Hegbloom) Suchek; Rachel and Michelle Walters; Avery, Austin and Adam Sanborn; Cheyenne Suchek; and Karyssa and Kylie Suchek. Great granddaughters, Anna Rose & Emma Marie; and Valerie Morgan with another expected to arrive in 2021; sisters, Roberta Mageli, SueAnn (Dan) Olson; and brother-in-law Doug Burl. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Stan Glowacki, Mary VanBurger, Veronica (Bill) Rozen, Jane (Larry) Randolph, Bill (Diane) Glowacki; and many loved and loving nieces and nephews; goddaughters Theresa Owen, Kristen Chapman and Jill Simmons. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret; parents; parents-in-law, Frank (Anna) Glowacki; one grandson, Ashton Sanborn; sister, Deb Burl; in-laws Sidney Mageli, Frank (Jan) Glowacki, Kay Glowacki, Gale VanBurger, James Glowacki and extended loved and loving family members.
He lived all of his life in St. Johns and in 1996 went back to the farm where he was born to help care for his mother. After her death in 1998 he was glad to have bought the family farm that is now in the care of his son Paul, and hoped to see it become a centennial farm someday (2027).
Most importantly dad liked spending time with his family and adored his grandkids and great-grands. He enjoyed going to the casino where he was remarkably lucky, Lotto scratch offs, hunting, steam/tractor shows and flea markets, Tigers and Lugnuts games, grandchildren’s sports, spending time in the UP, gardening, canning, bowling, playing cards, and hosting holiday dinners for his family. He loved to exercise at McClaren Cardio Rehab, and his rehab friends/family were very important to him. Dad was a simple, selfless and content man. Due to his beard only and straw hat he was often mistaken as being Amish. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers or memorials, the way to remember Dad best would be to spend time doing something you enjoy with your family creating memories, donating to your local food bank or buy yourself a Lotto scratch off ticket to enjoy. Address for sympathy cards may be sent to 4550 N. Hubbardston Road, Pewamo, MI 48873. The family wishes to thank the heroes of 7W, 9W and 10W at Sparrow Hospital for the care and comfort given to our dad. He fought Covid-19 for the last month of his life. It may have ravaged his body, but it didn’t touch the fun-loving and giving spirit that lives on for all eternity. He was truly a treasure to his family.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Walter P. Suchek Jr., please visit our floral store.