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Monroe "Jack" Crafton Lingle

June 15, 1928 — April 17, 2024

Sebawaing (Formerly of Bridgeport)

Monroe "Jack" Crafton Lingle

Monroe "Jack" Crafton Lingle 
of Sebewaing, Michigan (Formerly of Bridgeport)
 
Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Frankenmuth, Michigan. He was 95 years old. Monroe Crafton Lingle was born on June 15, 1928, in Pollard, Arkansas, to the late John H. and Ethel (Holifield) Lingle. As a young boy he grew up picking cotton in the fields. When he was 15 years old, proudly served his country in the United States Navy serving from October 1944 to April 1946, during World War II, sailing on the U.S.S. Block Island. Upon his return, he met the love of his life, Katherine Margaret Taulbee, they were united in marriage on January 28, 1947, in Lincoln Park, Michigan; she preceded him in death on December 11, 1996. He moved to Bridgeport, Michigan, where he built his own home by hand. In the 1950's, Jack was employed with Saginaw Steering Gear and Grey Iron Foundry, before becoming the owner and operator of the Lingle's Gulf Gas Station in Bridgeport, a full-service station that specialized in transmissions. From the late 1960's through 1980, he worked for Buryl Hill, a material handling company. Jack then became the owner and operator of his own business, Lingle Equipment in October of 1980, incorporating the corporation September 1, 1981, building it from the ground up. He was proud the business has stayed in the family ever since. Following the death of Katherine, Jack found a second love with Jane M. (Schindler) Van Arsdale. They were united in marriage on October 15, 2000; she preceded him in death on February 19, 2020. An avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed the peace and tranquility fishing and boating brought to his life. Throughout his life, he enjoyed working on his Chris-Craft boats and refurbishing and painting his cars. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, but his little piece of heaven was living on the water with his boat in the backyard. He will forever be remembered for his hard work ethic, his ability to talk and communicate with all people, and for truly living an amazing life filled with many memories and stories. 

Surviving are two sons and one daughter, Larry (Connie) Lingle of Texas; Susan Bailey of Bridgeport; Raymond "Ray" Lingle and Donna McGrandy of Saginaw; 12 grandchildren: Julie (John) Leach, Jeff Lingle, Sheila (Mark) Maloney, Joanna (Zach) Robson, John (Annell) Bailey, Jackie (Matt) Decker, Bill Nieznajko, Paul (Melanie) Nieznajko; Candace Lingle, Tammy (Chris) Walderzak; Raymond (Andrea) Lingle Jr., Amanda (Nate) Lingle Bremer, 32 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel Lingle; two spouses: Katherine and Jane Lingle; a daughter, Margaret (Bob) Hemenway; a son, Randy Lingle; 10 siblings: Frances Lingle, Alice Lingle, John Lingle, Erma Lingle, Lowell Lingle, Wilma Lingle, Henry Lingle, Xelen Lingle, Garland Lingle, and Cleo Lingle. 

A funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Directors, 5700 Dixie Highway, Saginaw, MI, 48601. Pastor Rob Richards will officiate. Military Honors and burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport under the auspices of the United States Navy and American Legion Post 22. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.casefuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Monday, April 22, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

W. L. Case and Company - Dixie

5700 Dixie Highway, Saginaw, MI 48601

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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5700 Dixie Highway, Saginaw, MI 48601

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

1:00 - 1:45 pm (Eastern time)

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5700 Dixie Highway, Saginaw, MI 48601

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Military Honors and Burial

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2:00 - 2:15 pm (Eastern time)

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