Jerry Lynn Sosenko


TUSTIN — Jerry Lynn Sosenko, 73, of Tustin, passed on quietly at his home on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, after losing his battle with cancer.

He was born to John and Elnora Ruby Sosenko on Aug. 29, 1939.

Jerry went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ leaving the following loved ones surviving:

Marlyne (Marlene), wife of 40 years; children, Cynthia Sosenko, of Harrieta, Robert (Kathy) Sonsenko, of Manton, Shandra Crawford, of Boyd, Texas, and Alan (Katrina) Crawford, of Auburn Hills; grandchildren, Bryan Sosenko, Abigail and Gabriel Crawford; great-granddaughter, Hayley Sosenko; his brother, Ronald Gene (Patti) Sosenko, of Tustin, sister-in-law, Betty Sosenko, of Manton; sisters- in-law, Arlyne (Birt) Cooper, of St. Johns, Kaye L. Vanderhoef, of Fort Valley, Ga., and Glenda Argue of Vidor, Texas; brothers-in-law, Thayer (Noreen) Argue, of Evart, Gerald (Mary) Argue, of Cadillac, Richard (Renee) Argue, of Leroy; along with many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Sosenko; grandparents, Pete Sosenko and Julia Sosenko Madzelan; brothers-in-law, Merlyn Argue, Glenford Argue and Weldon Lee Sarbaugh; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Sarbaugh.

In Jerry’s early years, he was the deputy sheriff of Manton as well as the fire chief. He then was employed by Kysor, of Cadillac, for 23 years as foreman in research and development as well as working part-time deputy sheriff for Wexford County. He then started truck driving overland for Joe Medendorp Trucking, moving on to drive semis for VanErden Trucking Co. prior to retirement. Jerry also enjoyed volunteering for Joni and Friends Retreats for families with disabilities at Kettenun, where he supervised and taught the fishing program.

He was a lifelong avid hunter and fisherman as evident in his memory albums. He loved doing community fish fries, being the “Master Chili maker” at Niver’s Pig-gig for many years, as well as providing cube steaks for Northland Community Church wild game dinners.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Northland Community Church, located at 5855 S Morey Road in McBain, preceded by an hour visitation. Pastor Randy Jenkins


A private interment will be held at a later date at the Highland Township No.1 Cemetery, in Ashton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Joni and Friends Retreats of West Michigan, at 1332 N. Dumas Rd., Suttons Bay, MI 49682.