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Obituary of John Vudures
John Harry Vudures passed away in his home in Saginaw on October 30, 2021. He was 86 years old. John was born during a snowstorm in Saginaw at St. Luke’s Hospital on February 25, 1935, the son of Harry J. and Isabelle A. (Wizner) Vudures. John was very proud of his Greek heritage. He married Marilyn Bader in 1956 and they had 6 children, Grace, Amy, Jennifer, Elizabeth, John P. and Nicholas.
John worked in construction most of his life, notably on the administration buildings during construction of the Mackinaw Bridge in 1957, as a ceiling installer for Tri-City Acoustical, as a contractor for Owens-Corning Fiberglass for many years and helped build Fashion Square Mall, and later had his own companies, Valley Acoustical and Interstate Acoustics. John was a very hard worker and proud that he worked his way up from a young boy working in his father’s “Hollywood Restaurant”in Saginaw as a dishwasher and cook, and as a shoe shine boy for Valet Hatters & Cleaners in Saginaw and then eventually owning his own businesses. He was an excellent carpenter and in the 1960’s the first home he owned was an old farmhouse in Kochville Township that he completely remodeled. He also designed and finished his current home.
He was a 3-year US Army Veteran and served a year in the Korean War as a combat engineer and cook. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged from Active Duty as a Corporal in 1955. John was an avid bowler and fisherman in the 1960’s and 70’s and later enjoyed golfing for many years.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Isabelle Vudures, an infant son, Nicholas Theodore Vudures, his beloved 2nd wife of 33 years, Mary Jane (MacArthur) Vudures, a brother, Theodore “Teddy” Vudures, and 3 sisters: Rita Pilon, Louise Parker, and Patricia “Pat” Stryker.
John is survived by his children, Grace (Roy) Davidson of Harrisburg, Arkansas, Amy (Jerry Grueneberg) Vudures of Ordway, Colorado, Jennifer (Robert) Cobb of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Elizabeth (Eugene) Barnes of Harrisburg, Arkansas, and John P. (Judi) Vudures of Unionville, Michigan; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary H. Vudures of Saginaw, and Elaine Harris of Midland; his 1st wife Marilyn (Bader) Holloway and his 3rd wife Velda (Gilbert) Vudures.
FUNERAL: A graveside service for John will take place Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Kochville Methodist Church Cemetery, 5975 Bay Rd. Saginaw, MI 48604 with Pastor Bryan Williams to officiate. Services to conclude with Military Honors.
VISITATION: Family and friends are welcome to gather at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State) Saginaw, MI 48603 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
MEMORIALS: In Lieu of flowers those planning a memorial contribution are asked to consider the American Legion Post 229 in Blumfield Twp.
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