John Ralph Gillette

Prescott, Michigan
March 20, 1949 - July 26, 2020


Buresh Funeral Home ~ Prescott Chapel

Friday, July 31, 2020

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home ~ Prescott Chapel


Friday, July 31, 2020

4:30 PM

Obituary Notice

John Ralph Gillette, age 71, of Prescott, Michigan formerly of Pontiac, Michigan passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at his home.

John was born March 20, 1949 in Owosso, Michigan to the late John Frank Addison and Mary Kathryn (Ciganek) Gillette.  He graduated from Flushing High School and enlisted in the United States Navy serving from 1967-1971 during Vietnam.  Upon discharge, John worked for General Motors in Skilled Trades until his retirement in 2002.  He married the former Mary (Viola) Archambault and together they enjoyed retirement traveling, spending time with his grandchildren and Vietnam Brothers, and flying his Ultra Lite plane.  John was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.  

John is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Shanna Gillette, Jennifer (Mathew) Faul, Amy (Larry) Sersante, Robert Archambault, Victoria (Brian) Weaver, Charles Archambault; brother, Jeffery (Laurie) Gillette; sisters, Carol (Dave) Davis, Christine (Abe) Colon-Degro; grandchildren, Breana, Jonathon, Giovanni, Gavino, Michael, Abbie, Jack, Leonardo, Henry; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  In addition to his parents, John and Mary, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Chant and granddaughter, Ava.

Visitation for John will take place Friday, July 31, 2020 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home, 101 East Harrison Street, Prescott, Michigan with prayers at the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. led by Pastor Doug Kennedy.  John will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. with military honors.  Online condolences may be offered at  

In accordance with the Governor's order, guests at the funeral home are encouraged to wear mask or facial covering.  Those attending Tuesday's military ceremony are required to wear a mask or facial covering and practice social distancing as required by the National Cemetery.


Great Lakes National Cemetery


Our hearts are aching, RIP dear,dear friend,God Bless, all our love and prayers for all of you. Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord, May he rest in Peace. Amen
— Tom and Annie Roe
We are SO VERY SORRY for your loss Mary and family! R.I.P John. YOU will be MISSED!
— Chuck & Jackie Cessna
RIP John. You were one of a kind (to say the least). We will miss you forever. Mary and family we love you. Peace be with all of you
Butch and Sheila
— Sheila Haag
Rest In Peace John and thank you for your service to country.
— Tony Cito
Sending our love and prayers to Mary and all the family. May you rest in peace John. Many, many good memories at the VFW and up north. You will be missed.
— Duane and Paula Laursen
I am sorry to hear that my old friend and fellow truck repairman John has passed away
Due to this Covid 19 and the fact that my lungs are compromised I will not be able to attend his funeral. I will however be praying for my old buddy.
— Mike Woodu
John you were bigger than life. Glad you were able to find Mary and enjoy your retirement. You had 3 beautiful daughters and knew how to make everyone around you laugh and shake our heads at your antics. Hope you're up there laughing and playing music with my dad, Flip, and Butch.
— Connie Walker
I’m going to miss my Big Brother... Always was ready willing and able to offer support, advice and Comradery throughout our lives.... He stands strong as a model of living life exactly how one wants to, without reservations or regrets. His wisdom and silliness will continue to live inside me, to give me revere and solace through my own travails and those of his family as we deal with our lives with one less bright spot in it. Love you Bro!
— Jeff Gillette
Dear Brother You were a rough nut but so sincere inside that your body of yours. Alas the distance of mileage has kept us apart for many years. You loved to say "I am the OLDEST SON in the family" which brought a chuckle to those who knew you. Your pain is over. Be free fly with the wind. Love, Tala sister
— Carol Gillette Davis
Rest in Peace my Friend. Even though you moved away our senior year, I have thought of you often John.
Again, be at Peace Brother...
— Jim Bretzke
Mary, thou I only met you one time. My thoughts were that you and John would be very good for each other. And it was my prayer that you two would marry, and you did! I pray that you both would be happy together.This breaks my heart to see that John has passed on. John was/ and always will be very special part of my life. And I have so many memories of our life’s of teenage years. Also I am so sorry for the whole family’s loss of your husband Mary, and Johns siblings Tala, Jeffery, and Tina. As well as the rest of your family too. I can only offer you my ear for you to call me just to talk if you like.what I will remember about you both was that you met at a dance and from that you built your lives of love, and happiness together Again Mary, I am truly so sorry for your best friend, partner in crime, life, and Love John’s passing. Marty Decker.
— Marty Shedd decker

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