Vincent Jr., MD, John H., Saginaw, Michigan

A life of extraordinary courage, kindness and devotion ended on February 20, 2012. John H. Vincent Jr., MD was born to the late John and Queenie Vincent on January 14, 1932 in Detroit. He was an exceptional young man and was a member of the world’s first All Eagle Scout troop. It was while being a boy scout that he developed many of the qualities that would make him a success all throughout his life. He graduated from Redford High School in 1950 and went on to graduate from Albion College in 1954. His passion for medicine and helping others led him to the University of Michigan Medical School. After graduation, he completed a residency in Wisconsin. He was also a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Alaska where he enjoyed many outdoor adventures. The community of Saginaw was blessed to have such a caring doctor when he arrived in the early 1960s to open Vincent Medical Clinic. He remained devoted to his patients for over 50 years and considered them his family. Throughout the years he enjoyed traveling to Africa to enjoy safaris and big game hunting. His skill as a hunter led him to amass one of the largest big game collections in the United States. He possessed an uncanny wit and had a wonderful sense of humor. There was not one joke that he couldn’t tell well. He was a wonderful friend and was always quick to lend a helping hand to someone in need. On June 9, 1972, he married the love of his life, Gretchen (Garber) in a ceremony at her mother’s home. They celebrated 32 wonderful years of marriage and enjoyed creating many beautiful homes together. He was a wonderful father to his daughter Caitlin. For 26 years, he stood by her side and helped her with everything from school projects to advice. He enjoyed taking many wonderful vacations with his family. In addition to his talents as a physician and family man, he was a gifted piano player, pilot, photographer, wood carver and golfer. He mastered everything he did. His incredible zest for life made him a cherished member of the Fordney Club, the Shriners and the Saginaw County Medical Society. He leaves behind his cherished dogs Winston, Sadie and Fannie. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Gretchen and daughter Caitlin; daughters Deborah Byrnes (Robert), Cherie (Randall); grandchildren, Lindsey, Tyler and Cameron all of Lansing; sisters, Sharon (Stan) Evans of Detroit and Marilyn Anderson of Tuscon, Arizona. He was predeceased by his brother William Vincent of Detroit. A memorial service will take place on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 2655 N. Center Road, Saginaw. Visitation at the Masonic Temple will take place on Monday from 6:00 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Saginaw County Humane Society. Arrangements by The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road. www.snowfuneralhome.net