John Erdody, III, age 73, of Gladstone, MI, formerly of Pinconning, MI, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 21, 2020 at UP Health System in Marquette, MI. John was a first child of John Erdody, II and Willie Mae (Erdody) Coyle. He was born in Caro, MI on November 10, 1946. He married Margret (Denton) Duerson on May 26, 1995. Together, they have four children. John graduated from Pinconning High School in 1964. He attended Central Michigan University and was on the college baseball team. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1967 – 1970. He was on the USS Gearing, #710 Destroyer, in the Mediterranean Sea and also the USS Finch in Vietnam. John joined the Michigan State Police as a member of the 81st Recruit School on January 10, 1972. He was assigned to Mount Pleasant, Cadillac, was Detective Sergeant of the Upper Peninsula Drug Team (UPSET), Manistique, and retired as Sergeant from the Gladstone Post on April 28, 2001. John loved nature and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his cabin and acreage in Watson, MI, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends as they shared stories of days past. His hobbies included fly tying, wood carving, playing the guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He journaled his love for birds all over the country and abroad. His family brought him so much joy and he was a wonderful grandpa.
John is survived by his wife, Margret Erdody of Gladstone, MI; sons, John IV (Kelly) Erdody of Gladstone, MI, and Jarrod (Jennifer) Erdody of Plainwell, MI; stepdaughter, Daisy (William) Dailey of League City, TX; stepson, Kris (Stacey) Duerson of Rapid River, MI; grandchildren, Ava, John the 5th, Jackson, Jacob, Jadyn, Jordyn, Virginia Ann, Kaden, and Brendan; sister, Joyce (Dan) Horner of Battle Creek, MI; sister-in-law, Catherine Penny of Chesterfield, MI; brothers-in-law, Art (Linda) Denton of Petoskey, MI, Glen (Sue) Denton of Farwell, MI, and Ted Penny of East Jordan, MI; step-mother, Francis Erdody of Pinconning, MI; step-sisters, Karen (Tom) Waterman of Pinconning, MI, and Gayle (Scott) Esper of Traverse City, MI; step-brother, David (Tammy) Jasura of Virginia, MN; former wife, Mary (Oscar) Longoria of Allegan, MI; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey on May 27, 1988; his sister, Diane Winter; and his parents.
Visitation and funeral services celebrating the life of John will be planned as soon as social gathering restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations please be directed to a scholarship that will be established in John’s name.
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