Robert "Jinx" Carney
Published in Lansing State Journal on November 30, 2011
"Jinx" Carney John Robert "Jinx" Carney died Tuesday,
November 22, 2011 at Spectrum Health - Reed City Hospital at the age of
86. He was born September 15, 1925 in South Bend, IN. to Robert and Gladys
He is survived by his beloved wife Lorna, and loving daughters Carla (Don)
Tomanica of Lansing and Kim (Tim) Holton of Royal Oak; grandchildren Matthew
Tomanica, Jennifer (John) Kebler, Jeff (Carol) Leikam, and Claire Holton;
great-grandchildren Emma, Kennedy and Caleb Kebler and April Leikam, as
well as many dear nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by daughter Paula Wohlfert and grandson Marc
John was known by many other names: Jinx, Bob, Bobby, Daddy and Grandpa.
After graduating from Jackson High School and serving in the Navy during
World War II, he played baseball for the Chicago White Sox for a short
time. He then took a job at Consumers Power where he supervised line crews
until his retirement. John was a prominent fastball pitcher in Lansing
leagues for many years, and a certified scuba diver who worked with the
Michigan State Police. He was a respected member of the Masons, Elks,
Moose Lodge, and Oddfellows.
In 1987, John and Lorna moved from Lansing to Hersey, where they made
many new friends and John became known for his big heart, great sense
of humor, and storytelling abilities. He was loved by many and will be
In keeping with John's wishes, there will be no funeral service, and a
private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used for a charity
of their choice.
Arrangements by McDowell Funeral Home, Reed City.