Obituary of John Lawrence Detjen
John Lawrence Detjen
September 11, 1940 ~ January 22, 2023
John was born in Powers, Michigan on September 11, 1940. Son of Herman and Mildred Detjen. John was a private in the U.S. Navy and worked on an aircraft carrier. After the military, John became a resident of Miami, Florida where he met and married his wife of 53 years, Clara (Chrissy). They then moved to Polk County, Florida to enjoy the family life. Prior to his retirement, he worked in construction. John was a kind man who did not know a stranger, he was a gentle and happy soul who enjoyed spending time with his family. John enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour American novels, listening to “The Shopper,” and going to yard sales, looking for great deals. He enjoyed attending church with his kind son in law, Christopher Howard and eating his son’s, Andrew Detjen’s BBQ. He is survived by his wife, Clara (Chrissy) Detjen, Sons: Andrew, Jay, and Billy Detjen. Daughters: Patty Lanier, and Kimberly Howard. Brother: Gary Detjen and sisters: Ellen Jaeger and Lois Conine. Grandchildren: Michael, Tanner, Cambree, Amber, Timothy, Johnathan, Skylar, Lindsay, and Trenton. Great grandchildren: Adrianne, Averi, Nolan, Brooks, and Emerson. Preceded in death by his sisters: Gloria Babel and Naomi Grimes and grandson John Brandon Danforth. He will be forever missed by his loved ones, friends and family. A celebration of life will be held on February 25, 2023 at 1pm at the Auburndale Community Church, 601 Stadium Road. Auburndale, FL 33823.
“The lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy should follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Detjen, please visit Tribute Store