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John "David" Marander, 87, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Alpine Fireside. He was born September 10, 1929, in Ironwood, Michigan; the son of Ernest W. and Mildred L. (Beckman) Marander. John served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1954 to 1956. John was employed with First National Bank & Trust Co. as the Head Building Engineer. He was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere. His favorite restaurant was Alpine View, where he had many great friends.
He is survived by his son, Craig (Judy) Marander of South, Beloit, IL; daughter, Ann McGrath of Rockford; and grandchildren, Megan McGrath, Kirsten (Steven) Parrott, Matthew and Logan McGrath. Predeceased by his parents; and brother, William Marander. A special thank you to the staff at Alpine Fireside for their care and love.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd., Belvidere with Pastor Allen Busse officiating. Burial in Ironwood, Michigan. Visitation will be on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford. A second visitation will be on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School 1225 E. 2nd St., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Condolences & Shared Memories (12)

  1. Karen Frystak

    Ann and Kirsten, I was so sorry to hear the news of your dad and grandpa passing. I always heard such good, positive things about him. Stephanie had such fun with him and she loved going to the buffet with him and the rest of the McGrath family! Such wonderful and happy memories! This sweet, loving, and caring man is now busy repairing those broken items in heaven! Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Brian S. Anderson

    Dave was my first boss ever, at what has turned out to be the best job I've ever had. This was in my high school years (working after school and full-time in the summers), and on college summer breaks. I learned so much while working for him and Glenn Ellingson at First National Bank. Some of the work was hard and dirty, and Dave was sure to inject some humor and a loud laugh to lighten the load. I smile when I picture several of us standing in the Incinerator Room laughing like crazy. I have many fond memories of non-work times as well â€" such as going for a “cool one” (a milk shake) or riding bikes after work, and having him over for dinner at my parents' home. One other memory shared online here said that he had a tremendous work ethic. Amen to that! Also, anyone who knew him will testify that he could build or fix ANYTHING. His mechanical know-how never ceased to amaze me, and many is the time that I've wished I had even 5% of that ability today. I'm sad to say that I last saw him a few years ago while meeting for breakfast at the Stockholm Inn. But I have thought of him often, and will in the future. I hope to meet him again in the great beyond and sit down for a long visit.

  3. Donald Bondick & Family

    John was a uniquely, kind and compassionate man. I remember him asa man of great faith and keen inner wisdom. My heart sank as I spoke with Ann and it is exactly what John would have desired. I offer my deepest condolences to the entire family, especially Craig and Ann. Godspeed to all of You. Peace In Your Hearts, Minds and Spirits - Always.

  4. Ginny McGrath

    You have lost a wonderful man Father and Grandfather God will watch over him amen my condolences

  5. Sue Kirby

    I worked with Dave beginning in 1964 at First National Bank. Dave was so much fun, a very hard worker, had the bluest eyes and loved the tater tot casserole our cooks made. His friendly smile and voice greeted me so many mornings. I smile as I think of him. What a of a kind and I mean that as a compliment.

  6. Rich Ludwig

    Dave was an outstanding usher at Immanuel. He would always arrive early on Saturday to get things in order and then he would stay late to ensure the Church was ready for Sunday. He had a tremendous work ethic and was a true servant. I will remember Dave for his hard work and for the candies he would bring in for everyone. I will miss him. I know Dave will have Heaven ready for the rest of us when we get there.

  7. Joseph Newman, Jr.

    Robert Ishmael and I worked with David at First National Bank & Trust Co for many years. He knew every square inch of our building. When something broke or needed repair Dave knew how to do it. In the winter months he stayed and made sure that the side walks were shoveled and safe. He would even walk employees to there cars if needed. But most of all David was very professional, courteous, caring and loved his job. He will be missed.

  8. Bill Kusnierz

    As the sales engineer for Barber Colman Co, I called on Dave from 1984 until he retired. We all considered him a friend of Barber Colman and a real character who was fun to work with. I saw him a year(?) or so ago at the Alpine View restaurant (go figure). He was exactly the same as the last time I saw him, jovial as could be. God bless your family as you reflect on his life.

  9. Neighbor Dave & Jane

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss Dave at the pumpkin parties.

  10. Mark Dorsett

    Sending many thoughts, prayers and positive energies.

  11. Dan Walter

    Going to miss him, had many visits with him , and long talks. He lived across the field from us and sometimes we would call him and tell him he left his truck lights on . He would stop over and have talks with us also. The world needs more people like him.

  12. John & Diane Wiggs

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you for Uncle Dave John & Diane Wiggs

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