John Stob, of Lynwood, was born in the Netherlands and came to the United States as a baby with his parents and two older sisters. He grew up in Lansing, where he attended Lansing Christian School and Illiana Christian High School before serving in the U.S. Army, 2nd Engineer Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division. He served in Korea during the Vietnam era.
After serving in the military, Stob worked in the family business, Stob Plumbing, and later bought the business.
Stob met his wife of 20 years, Evelyn, through their siblings.
“His sister and her husband are best friends with my brother and his wife and they thought we’d make a good couple and bugged us for about six months to go out,” Evelyn Stob said. “We finally met and went out to dinner and about a year later we got married.”
Stob was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge and Lansing Country Club.
“He enjoyed golf and playing in the bocce league at the country club,” Evelyn Stob said. “Those were some of our favorite times.”
He also enjoyed hanging out with friends at Kilroy’s in Lansing.
The couple also had a home in Florida and he was semi-retired in recent years as they spent time there each winter. They also enjoyed traveling and took trips to Jamaica and Mexico.
“He truly enjoyed the grandkids, who are 4 and 6,” his wife said. “They came down to Florida and we enjoyed taking them to the beach.”
A big sports lover, Stob was a fan of the Chicago Bears and White Sox.