John Adam Dace
September 26, 1965 - June 28, 2012
John Adam Dace, a resident of South Lyon, died suddenly, on Thursday, June 28, 2012. He was 46 years old.

Born in Detroit on September 26, 1965, John grew up in Southfield with sisters, Jeanine, Jennifer, his twin sister Juliet, and April. He graduated from Southfield Christian School where he lettered in Cross Country and went on to earn his Bachelors degree from Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.
John later entered specialized training to become a Security Guard and enjoyed the profession and friendships made within the field. Over the past several years he had turned to dedicate his life to Christ and strengthening his relationships with family and friends. John attended Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, Texas and was re-baptized on April 2012. In following the path the Lord had laid for him, John’s shining personality, warm heart and love for people was quite apparent. He was quick to offer help, especially to those most in need, could always be counted on and saw problems as opportunities for improvements. He loved kids and never lost the sense of wonder and imagination that made him such a joy to be around. In connection with his focus on spiritual strength, John also believed in maintaining his physical strength and health, making a routine of long distance walks, volleyball and biking.

Survived by his loving parents, Jack & Donna Dace; sisters, Jeanine (Pete) Gresock, Jennifer (Ralf) Kuehn, Juliet (Klaus) Kuehn and April E. Dace; nieces and nephews, Joey, Nick, Jesse and Chris Gresock, Andrew (Lauren),  Christian (Rachel), Emily, Caleb and Katlyn Kuehn, Candace, Aaron and Olivia Kuehn. Also survived by his great nieces, Lily and Promise Kuehn; nephew, Titus Kuehn; aunt, Sally Rousseaux; uncle, Bill Anderson; extended family members and many dear friends.   

A Funeral Service will be held at Brightmoor Christian Church, 40800 West 13 Mile Rd., Novi, Tuesday, July 3, at 10 AM with Pastor Jamie Kjos officiating. Burial Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Sunday and Monday 3-8 PM.

Memorials may be made to Life Challenge, 17667 Pierson Street, Detroit, MI  48219 or to Brightmoor Christian Church.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645.
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My heart goes out to the Dace family for your loss. John was a very fine young man when I knew him and I know it must be very difficult for you all now. It seems so inadequate to say I am terribly sorry but I have no other words. I will pray that God helps you through the coming days and years. Larry Walsh

Larry Walsh

Jack, Donna, Jeanine, Jennifer, Juliet, April & families: I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my prayers that God will be of comfort to you during this difficult time. I looked at John's FB page today and was so very moved to note what he had posted in his information section: "For me to live is Christ to die is gain". I will be praying for all of you. MOHR love from cousin Elaine

Elaine Mohr

Words are not adequate at this time to share our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. He was loved by so many and will be missed on our earthly journey. Being a believer in Jesus Christ means he is with his heavenly Father now, of that we can be sure. Love to all, Anne and Don Whitaker (cousins of John's mother, Donna Dace).

Anne and Don Whitaker

I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your beloved John. I worked with him every day at the Ann Aror SSA office. He did his job with pride, was always respectful and pleasant to others and displayed a daily sense of joy. John was the type of man that made you want to be a better person with setting positive examples each day. I will truly miss him each and every day. God Bless, Katie Carr

Katie Carr

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. God Bless You All

Susia Schultz

For many years after high school, I would consider John to be my best friend. I deeply cherish the many fond memories I had with my friend John and his dear family. Some of my warmest memories spent with John were at his family cottage. My heart goes out to the Dace family for this loss and I am most happy that John seemed to be living his life with zeal, real purpose and proper order when he did leave us. With much sympathy and loss, I also extend much gratitude to the Dace family for these many wonderful memories.

randy cline

Wonderful April, I don't think you remember me...I worked with you in RBC's Conversations, with Kelly. I just wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. I will be praying for you, my friend, and your whole family. Peace and grace and comfort be with you, Sweet Girl.

lola Collier

Very sorry to hear about your son John. May the Lord give you and your family strength and His peace today and for the days to come.

carol thelen

April_ I am so sorry about the loss of your brother.I know a sudden death is a shock. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Love you. Freida

Freida Milne

To Jack,Donna and Family There are no words to express our heartfelt sorrow for each of you. Our prayer is most of all that you will feel God's great love for you in your pain. What joy in knowing that John is now with our Heavenly Father and we will see him again. Mohr love to each of you, Bob and Toots

Toots Ostrich.

He will be missed by his.friends and co-workers here at his job site. We could depend on him under any circumstances. He was always there with a smile.

Bruce Price

My most sincere sympathies to John's family at this sad time. My husband worked with John, and we all hung out together outside of work, so that's how I knew him. Memories of golfing, helping us move hay, meals out, etc. and always in a such a good mood. He had SUCH a funny, quirky, sweet personality and is going to be missed GREATLY. It's so hard to believe he's really gone. God Speed John!!!!!

Karen Andrews

John's last assignment was at the Ann Arbor Social Security office. He was truly a professional and he treated our customers with dignity and humor. Our staff will surely miss him. My condolences to his family and friends.

Mike Laird

Dear Dace family, Our thoughts and prayers go with you in these difficult days. We pray peace and rest along with wonderful memories of your beloved to shore up your hearts in the days to come.

Penny and Joe Argo

Dear Dace family, I am very sorry for your loss, I remember John being a kind person whose humor made one feel welcomed, he will be missed.


Praying for peace during this difficult time of loss - I have no doubt what a wonderful man John was - knowing his younger sister April - sending hugs and much love to you all! xoxo

Cat Lorenzo

I am sorry for your loss. John was a gentle man. He was respected

Jill Behrens

I had not seen John in number of years. I do know he meant a lot to many or our mutual friends and he will be missed. We were members of our high school track and cross country teams. I am proud to have called him a teammate and a friend. My condolences to the Dace family and all the people touched by John's life.

Mark Attard

I was so saddened to hear of John's passing. I graduated from SCS with John, although I haven't seen him in many years, his laughter and smiles remain a very clear memory to me. He was truly one of the "good" guys! The Dace Family will be in my thoughts and prayers! I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Martha Davis-Alexander

April and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know John was very special to your wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this diffcult time. Donna Young

Donna Young

Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. John was a bright spark in your family and now he will shine in heaven for all eternity. May God continue to bless and be with your whole family. Love to you all. Marlene and Sam

Marlene Mohr Carlson

I haven't seen John in many years (we graduated together in 1984), but I remember him as a genuinely kind and funny person. And he was quick to smile. I was encouraged to hear all the good things he was up to during the last year. I know his testimony will encourage many others tomorrow at his memorial service and in the weeks and years to come. Love to your entire family. Elisabeth Allebach

Elisabeth Allebach Richardson

Dace Family, Im so sad for your sudden loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your brother touched many lives, along with the rest of you, know that we grieve along with you.

Ruth (Swartz) Laetz

My deepest condolences to your family. I haven't seen John since we graduated from SCS together but I have nice memories of him. Always chipper & joyous. Taken too soon.

Donna Brandenburg-Hart

I feel for everyone who knew John. He was a great-hearted funny guy. God bless everyone and heal your hearts. Remember, John didn't leave us, he just got called Home. Mohr love and Mohr hugs. -Liz Nanney

Sarah Nanney

April, and family: I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved John. I will keep you in my prayers that you will find strength and peace in the difficult days ahead.

Joan Ross

John, was a true long time friend for just over 20 years. He was very loving caring friend who was always there for not only his family, but his close friends as well. John will be me missed by many, but not forgotten. I am not saying Goodbye, but Till we meet again my friend, Till we meet again my friend. Your Friend, Chris Ruzzin

Chris Ruzzin

Dear Dace Family, My breaks for your family. I was shocked and deeply saddened when I read the news that John had passed away. I have warm feelings when I think of him,... how kind and genuine he was. He didn't have to give me any attention as I was the younger sister of his friend, but he always made me feel welcome. He had a great laugh and quiet way about him. I know that he and my brother John have already reunited with each other in Heaven. There just are no words that can take away the pain you must be feeling as you miss him so, but I am sure you find great comfort in knowing he was living for the Lord and is with his Savior today. I know you will forever miss him, and I will pray for your family in the days to come. I am truly sorry. Love and prayers, Amy

Amy (Walsh) Biggert

My sincere sympathies in the sudden loss of our friend John. It was my privilege to be one of John's teachers. I admired his athletic ability and kind smile. We rejoice that we know his destiny is secure in Christ. Again, my deepest sympathies.

Irma Henderson

I want to offer my deepest most sincerest condolences on the death of John. I knew him from years back and used to go out and have fun with him and mutual friends. What a wonderful person he was with a great disposition! The family and friends of John will be remembered in my prayers and in my constant thoughts.

Kelley L.

I used to talk to John while on break here at the social security office. He loved to cook. He would always tell me about a recipe that he tried or intended to try. I remember him coming into the break room and collecting recipes from the newspapers and making copies to take home with him.

Douglas Brezzell

John made such a wonderful impression on me. Running Cross Country in HS, I don't think I would have made it through, without his light hearted spirit, quick wit, and encouragement. I love all of you, for you all have had a special place in my heart. I will never forget John, and I pray for peace of mind (that passes all understanding) for your family.

shellie spratt-jernigan

I imagine there is no pain more far-reaching and deeper than losing a child, a brother, an uncle and a friend at such a young age. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time.

Janet (Bone) Bruno

I am so heartbroken....I met John when I moved to USA in 1993 and he was a wonderful person to me, my children and everyone. I send tons of Love and Strength to his loved will be deeply missed... be in peace.

jo Ann Miller

I am so sorry for your loss. John was a gentleman. He worked with us at Ann Arbor (Social Security Adm). He had a great sense of humor. He was very assertive and respecful with everyone. He is missed.

Tania Gamper

God bless his heart. My prayers go to him and his family.

Ayoub Hussein

April & family, My heart aches for your loss, but rejoices in the freedom that John now has in a perfected world where nothing but love embraces him. It is never easy to say goodbye, especially when it is unexpected. But know that this goodbye is only temporary until God joins us in a new heaven and a new earth.

Jenny Lockwald

May God give you comfort, strength, and peace. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to you.

Janine Maloney

Mr. and Mrs. Dace and Girls, We were honored to have had John as his neighbor,teacher and coach.Many of our fond memories of Southfield Christian are because of young people like John.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dave and Sue Seils

Dave and Sue Seils

John was an amazing person blessed with family and friends that loved him dearly. Such a loss. Jack, Donna and family, may God comfort you knowing that you will see him again one day. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. We love you.

Steve & Lana Bach

Dear Jack, Donna and family, We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your son John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jack & Nancy Smith

Dear Jack, Donna and family, We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your son John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jack & Nancy Smith

Jack & Nancy Smith

John will be dearly missed.. I was his supervisor at Deco, and friend. I was able to see John 2 weeks while on his post... He was so full of life and was telling about his new goals.. How he had decided to change his life style. He was smiling, saying how great he felt and how much he was enjoying life.... I just remember leaving there thinking how awesome it was that he was so happy and looked so great.. I will always remember the run I did with John and Hines Park last summer.... It was a great run with great conversation... My thoughts and prayers go out to John's family and dear friends.. I know that sometimes god takes the good early... But I know John is an angel to us all.... RIP John..

Jen Burns

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May god help you through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Lisa and all of the Vendors at South Town Market

Lisa Detkowski

I will remember you and your family in my prayers. So sorry to hear of your son.

Lisa Holowicki, South Town Market

Very sorry to hear about John, I have seen him in a while he was a roomie that lived with my dad. He was a pretty cool guy when i got the chance to chat with him. My daughter loved him and the movies he would bring home so they can watch them. You will be missed John! My condolences to all of you!

Jenni Watts

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Dace and family, I'm so very sorry to learn of John's passing and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers for God's comfort. John and I were great friends during our middle school days at SCS and I have so many great memories shared with John at your family home and around the dinner table with all his sisters. John was a true friend and his humble, kind, and generous spirit will always be remembered.

David Marshall

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