John "Jack" William Cary

Gladwin, Michigan formerly of Au Gres, Michigan
February 20, 1930 - August 16, 2020

Service Location

Church of Christ, 425 East Grout Street, Gladwin, Michigan 48624


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Church of Christ, 425 East Grout Street, Gladwin, Michigan 48624. Pastor Tony Reynolds will officiate. Online condolences may be offered at

Obituary Notice

John "Jack" William Cary, age 90, of Gladwin, Michigan formerly of Au Gres, Michigan passed away peacefully August 16, 2020 under the loving care of his wife, Elsie, and Intelicare Hospice at home.

Jack was born February 20, 1930 in Dearborn, Michigan to the late John Michael and Frances A. (Walledecker) Cary. After graduation, Jack enlisted in the United States ARMY and served as a paratrooper from 1952-1960. He married the former Elsie Lorine Balakovich and together they raised two children, John and Jackie. Jack was a builder by trade and a woodworker even constructing his home in Au Gres that he and Elsie resided in until recently.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Elsie; son, John Cary of Ithaca, Michigan; daughter, Jackie Payette of Frankfort, Michigan; granddaughters, Sasha, Savannah, Ava, and Tatiana; sister, Dee Harmon; nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his sister, Francine Martin.

According to Jack's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Church of Christ, 425 East Grout Street, Gladwin, Michigan. Pastor Tony Reynolds will officiate. Inurnment will take place in Highland Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at


Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, Michigan


Why did you have to go? I will miss you my dear soul mate forever. I will be with you again when God calls me home!
— Elsie Cary (Balakovich)
Goodbye Mr Cary, I will always remember your kindness and humor! Rest In Peace and God Bless you Mrs Cary he loved you so!
— Wendy
Uncle Jack was an incredibly adventurous, innovative and talented man. He wasn’t like anyone else. If you had the privilege of knowing him, you knew he was quite special. He was an inventor, boat designer and builder. If there is a heaven, and I think there is, Jack is sailing the seven seas with the wind in his face, looking for a new adventure and waiting for Elsie to join him at the helm.
— Cheryl
John W. Cary was a certified genius. The US Army tested him twice, on the 1st he scored 175. That prompted the Army to threaten him with jail time for cheating. He asked to be given the test again in order to prove his innocence, the 2nd time he scored 180. I have known him all my life and can say he was the smartest man I ever knew!
He was kind, honest, generous, and the most sincere man, I ever knew. He did well to emulate Jesus Christ's persona that a mortal man could do.
I await Christ's return and look forward to seeing them both!
— Son
Another of my dearest friends has preceded me to our final and forever home. We had many fond memories that I will remember till we meet again. Jack, we still have lots of things to talk about so keep an eye out for me. I will be happy to see you again. Donna and I will visit your dear wife again soon.
— Lee Oeffner

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