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Jon M Provencher

April 26, 1945 - February 17, 2022

Jon M Provencher Jon M Provencher
    February 24, 2022 | 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Thursday
  • Yurs Funeral Home Geneva
  • Funeral
  • February 24, 2022 | 11:00 A.M. Thursday
  • Yurs Funeral Home Geneva

Jon Michael Provencher was a “gentle giant,” a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and friend. He left this world too soon on February 17, 2022 at age 76 surrounded by family.

Born in Traverse City, Michigan to Victoria and Robert Provencher on April 26, 1945. He was the oldest of five siblings along with Charles, Renee, Rochelle and David.

Jon excelled at athletics while at St. Francis High School in Traverse City. His sports of choice during his youth were basketball and football, the latter of which he played at Western Michigan University for a season.

Upon graduation he joined the executive training program at Sears and Roebuck where he would continue his career for 37 years before retiring. One of the things he loved about  his career was that it allowed him to see all 50 states.

But by far the best thing to happen during his training at Sears was meeting his beloved wife, Barbara whom he was married to for 50-plus wonderful years. And she’ll tell you she was “the luckiest woman in the world.” Together they had two children who adored him: Anne (Lowell) Bike and Mark (Jennifer) Provencher, who gave him 5 beautiful grandchildren who lovingly called him “Papa”: Quinn, Ellery, and Thea Bike and Prielle and Bodhi Provencher.

In addition to being an amazing husband, father, Papa and friend, he also had a passion for travel, loved to be on the golf course, any golf course, with his friends, brother David, son Mark or son-in-law Lowell. He was always ready and willing to take his dog Maeve, Mark’s dog Kylo, or Anne’s dog Buckley on a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Jon also loved watching Michigan State football and basketball with his family, teaching his grandchildren how to fish and attending their sporting events, and hosting his family for BBQ’s on his back deck.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 A.M.  on February 24, 2022 at Yurs Funeral Home in Geneva, IL. In lieu of flowers, to honor his love of animals, donations can be made to Anderson Humane Shelter (  on his behalf.

The recorded funeral service is linked below


Bill Bruner from Phoenix , AZ

"My sincere condolences to Barb and her kids . I remember meeting and working with Jon In the middle 60’s at Sears in Kalamazoo , Mi. We have stayed in touch over the years and we talked about meeting this summer . Jon will be remembered as a great guy who loved his family and friends . He will be remembered and missed by many ."

Jack Robertson from Carmel, IN

"I was fortunate to cross paths with Jon many times in the 70s and 80s as our careers took us around the Midwest with Sears. Every encounter was a pleasure. It was always a delight to be in his company. He was liked, admired and respected by all of us who had the opportunity to know him. His passing is a great loss and my deepest sympathies to his entire family."

Reed Family from St. Charles, IL

"Sending our love, prayers and condolences to the entire family. Your Father was such a kind spirit and gentle soul. We will truly miss seeing him in the stands whether opposing sides or not! Truly an awesome individual!!💚"

Don & Margie Vander Meeden from Rogers, MN

"We first met Jon, Barbara, Anne & Mark when they became our neighbors in Plymouth, MN. We have remained close friends ever since and have enjoyed many times together. We will miss Jon very much and extend our sympathy and love to his entire family...he was a great guy."

Brett and Tracy vandermeeden from Fairhope, AL

"We love the Provencher family and were lucky to spend time with them in The Villages and their home in IL. Jon was a great man and he loved his family and friends well."

JOHN MATEGRANO from Warrenville, IL

"Barbara & Family;Condolences to each of you. Jon was the "Gentleman" of our golf league. Always, personable, never a mean or foul comment. Well!, maybe not all is true here; there might have been an occasion when he missed a short putt but, excusable at the time.I'll miss the calmness he exuded.Sincerely,John"

Jim Rigney from Winfield, IL

"Barbara and family: I will echo John Mategrano’s comment that Jon was a true gentleman. His friendship, poise and generosity will emphatically be missed. It doesn’t really say enough to say that he was truly a nice guy!"

Dick Warner from McCordsville, IN

"Jon and I were colleagues at Sears for years and great golf buddies. He was a kind and considerate man who brought so much joy to everyone around him. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathy to Barbara and the family. Dick & Sylvia Warner"


"I had the pleasure of spending time with Jon over the past 20 years. Jon exemplified what it means to be a great father and grandfather. In my years of friendship with Jon's son, Mark; I can recall the many times Mark spoke ever so fondly of Jon, told stories of the times they spent together and spoke highly of the role he played in Mark's life. Jon has left the world a better place through the manner in which he and Barbara raised their children and the qualities they have passed on for generations to come. He will be missed."

Judith Holder & Ralph Spresser from Chagrin Falls, OH, OH

"Jon was a steadfast human being, a lovely Michigander, a kind relative. He will surely be mourned & missed. So sad not to be able to hug all the extended Provencher family. Peace be with you."

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