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In Memorial

born 1/29/29, 81 years of age, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:30 PM at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital resulting from advanced complications of Post-Polio Syndrome. Born in 1929 in
Harvard, Illinois, John was one of four children from George Burditt Lake and Vera Hannah Hofmeister Lake. Upon graduating from Illinois College he married Marilyn Ystebo and soon thereafter took over the third-generation family lumber and hardware business known as Lake Lumber located in Harvard, Illinois. As a member of Rotary, John received “Man of the Year” and other accolades for his many contributions to the community. He also received an award of appreciation from the Harvard Rescue Squad as performing an honorable service to the unit & community. Finally tiring of the Northern Illinois harsh winters and desiring a climate more favorable to his health and that of Marilyn, in 1970 John sold his business and moved his young family to Phoenix, Arizona. Wishing to again own a small business, he bought and operated a gift shop in the old Thomas Mall named Nutville USA. In the mid-70s John returned to the Lumber business by becoming a salesman at a large lumber wholesaler in the valley called Malco. It was the business he knew best and enjoyed, and as a result, received top salesman honors for many years until retiring 25 years ago. A gourmet cook, voracious reader of history, and collector of coins and stamps, John very much enjoyed his retirement. His greatest passion, however, was his thorough and prolific research of genealogy. Having spent much of his adult life documenting the lineage of the Lake family, John spent many Saturdays pouring through the Mormon Library in Mesa tracing the family through more than 200 years of rich history. His work resulted in a spectacular collection of volumes illustrating the lives and images of the family of which he was extraordinarily proud. John is survived by his daughter, Kathleen S. Cochran of Phoenix, AZ, son, Michael Lake of Warwick, NY, and two grandchildren Cooper and Parker. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 11am at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 5524 East Lafayette Boulevard in Phoenix.

Condolences for the family of “LAKE, JOHN B”

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