John M. Hosking

HANCOCK — John M. Hosking, 67, a resident of Hancock, passed away early Sunday morning, May 5, 2019 at home.

John was born October 18, 1951, in Hancock, a son of the late Archie and Gladys (Mattson) Hosking. He was a 1969 graduate of Hancock Central High School and attended Michigan Technological University.

John was employed for 30 years with the State of Michigan Department of Community Health.

John played hardball for many years in the Copper Country Twilight League for Superior National Bank. He played first baseman and was known to be the best defenseman player of that era. He also played in the Copper Country Oldtimers Hockey League for several years.

When his kids were younger he enjoyed taking them fishing and goose hunting. He was a proud parent and enjoyed attending his kids sporting events to cheer them on. John loved being at his hunting camp, “Camp Jag” in Donken, where he deer hunted and enjoyed spending time with friends. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Tigers. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, playing 3-ball pool on Wednesday’s at the Monte Carlo, going on charter trips with Chris to Laughlin, Nevada, and hanging out with his cats, Rudy and Louie. John enjoyed being a grandpa and looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren.

Besides his parents, John was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis and Jim; an infant niece, Dawn Rae Hosking; and a nephew, Ian Hosking.

Surviving are his daughter, Michele (Rick) Jurkanis of Green Bay, Wisconsin; his son, Mike of Lake Isabella; his grandchildren, Abigayle “Abbi” Hosking, Joe Jurkanis, Amanda Tubbs and Wyatt Tubbs; a great-grandson, Jay Tubbs; his sister, Susan (Tim) Biehl of Haslett; a sister-in-law, Sue Hosking of Florida; his significant other, Chris Ponnikas of Coburntown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock followed by a celebration of John’s life at the Monte Carlo in Hancock.

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