In Memory

John A Lapish

John A Lapish

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10/16/09 09:01 PM #1    

Roger (Rod) Krumlauf

I remember John from Garfield school. He was a very gifted athlete. He batted left handed and I remember him hitting the ball all the way out to 10th Ave from the diamond we played our games on. I don't remember anyone else being able to do that. I always thought he'd play pro ball someday. I think I remember him being a coach in Romeo.
I wish someone would write more about what he did after high school.
It was tragic how he died.

Rod Krumlauf

12/01/09 12:08 PM #2    

Douglas E Ashford

John was one hell of a guy and friend. I got to know John thru little league ball. John,Jim Gosger and myself were the youngsters playing outfield for George Ashley's dad in the Port Huron fastpitch league.

I used to visit John and his wife Adrian whenever I came home on leave.

I really missed John, we had a lot of good times together. Especially the road trip we had. John was one of a kind.

Doug Ashford

04/19/11 10:37 PM #3    

John M Gostinger

A great friend.  I met him in second grade religious ed class at St Joseph.  Every Sunday for about 6 years while the nuns were teaching religion in the front of the room Lapish and I and would be in the back talking about the Tigers, the Red Wings, the Maple Leafs, and Michigan State.  In Jr High I played football against him, and at PH we were on the same team.  Many times when we both had dates, but only one of us could get "the car", it would be a double date.  For 2 years we both had Junior College classes in the morning and worked together at Mueller Brass in the afternoon.  He went on to MSU and I went to Western. Once in a while I would go up to Lansing or he would come down to Kalamazoo just to see which school had the colder beer and the better looking girls.

I didn't see him much after those years, but he would call me before the class reunions to make sure that I had my ticket and tell me the time that he would be by to pick us up.  The class reunions are always a great time, but for me, and I am sure for many others that knew him, they are not as much fun without John's laughter.

John's grave is near my parents in Mount Hope Cemetary.  His family had a baseball and glove carved into the stone.  About once a year I stop by to put flowers on my parents grave and say hello to an old friend.

07/19/22 11:06 PM #4    

John M Gostinger

i remember john from his garfield days,PHHS days, PHJC days and Meuller Brass nights and morning beers after our night shift..We had a special bond and I will never forget him ..JOHN KEARNS StStephen HS

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