In Memory

John Edward Misner

John Edward Misner

      John Edward Misner

John passed away in his home in Schaumburg, Illinois on October 18, 2023. He was a native of Battle Creek, Michigan. While at Battle Creek Central high school, John was active in varsity basketball and tennis, and was the Senior Class President.  He served 4 years in the US Air Force as an air traffic controller, which included a tour in Vietnam in 1969.  He went on to become an air traffic controller at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, from where he retired after 50 years of service. His training included attending the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prior to working at O’Hare, John worked for a time at as an air traffic controller at Hansen Air Force Base in Massachusetts. John enjoyed playing basketball and tennis for many years. Survivors included his wife of 54 years, Carolyn (Barlow) Misner; a son, Brandon Misner; a daughter, Caroline Misner (Jon) Finkl; a granddaughter; a sister, Ann Wheeler; and many extended family members and friends. To view John’s full obituary, click on the link below.

Information from Farley-Estes-Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek, Michigan online on October 25, 2023; and 1975 and 1985 BCCHS Class of ’65 Reunion Booklets

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10/28/23 08:24 AM #2    

Larry Wadsworth

Truly sadden to hear this. John was just a fantastic guy. God bless him.

10/28/23 09:19 AM #3    

Robert J Breslin Jr

So sorry to hear of John's passing.  We did get to spent approximately one year together at Myrtle Beach AFB, SC before we both went to SEA.  We did speak on the phone a couple of times 10-12 years ago trying to get to Battle Creek at the same time but we were never made it.  John was a great person and will be missed....

Robert (Bob) Breslin



10/28/23 09:32 AM #4    

Ken Long

So sorry to hear of John's passing.I did not know him well, but knew of his accomplishments at Central. He was a great Bearcat for the student body. I thank him for his military service as well. My condolences to his family and friends.

10/28/23 05:12 PM #5    

Harry Schill

So sorry to hear of John's passing. Many memories of Southeastern and Central.

10/28/23 08:40 PM #6    

Carole Terry (Morgan)

This is so sad indeed.  We just spoke to John last month and agreed to connect this month when Howard and I were going to Illinois to visit our daughter and her family.  Spoke to John again the day before he unexpectely passed to confirm.  Our heartfelt condolances to Carolyn, Brandon, Caroline and his sister Ann Wheeler.  What I remember most about John was his enthusiasm.  Always excited and glad to hear from us.  We are missing a fine person.  God speed John.  

Simply the best.  

10/28/23 11:41 PM #7    

James Wilcox

A great life, sad day, To Carol and family my condolences

10/29/23 08:49 PM #8    

Arnold Williams

Rest in peace John ... a wonderful guy who was always friendly with everyone he met. 

10/30/23 11:10 AM #9    

Craig Bundy

I was fortunate to have connected with John a week or so before he passed. I got a call after all of our attempts to get together. It was like we just saw each other yesterday. What a gift. 

10/31/23 12:04 PM #10    

Phillip Hersha

I'm sorry to hear this. John was a very nice person and was always friendly.

10/31/23 12:20 PM #11    

Robert Davidson

John was a great friend and teammate during our time on the BCCHS basketball team. He was a great athlete, but very modest and humble and a friend to all the team.  It appears he had lifelong dedication to service of his country and his fellow citizens. I didn't happen to connect with him over the years, wish I had. Amazing stories of very recent contact from Craig and Carole. Obviously his death must have been vey sudden and most unexpected. Condolences to all his family and close friends.

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