2011-12-10 / Obituaries

Joseph ‘Joey’ Pann


Joseph ‘Joey’ Pann Joseph ‘Joey’ Pann Joseph “Joey” M. Pann, Jr., 29, of St. Ignace, was a pilot working at the Mackinac County Airport who had previously worked as a flight instructor. Mr. Pann died Saturday, December 3, 2011, in an accident in St. Ignace.

He was born September 23, 1982, in Manistique, to Joe and Joanne (nee Reyburn) Pann.

He was graduated from Newberry High School in 2001. Following graduation, he served his apprenticeship and was employed as an electrician in the family business, Pann Electric, with his father for four years. He attended Delta Connections Academy for pilot training in Sanford, Florida, for two years, and continued as a flight instructor for an additional two years.

Mr. Pann moved to St. Ignace in September 2010, where he was employed as a pilot for Great Lakes Air in St. Ignace. He will be remembered by his coworkers and passengers as a kind and caring person. He was a new father.

“Joey was just a genuinely nice person and you don’t meet very many people like that,” said Sheryl Schairer, office manager at Great Lakes Air. “He really was. He was kind. He loved his new baby.”

He attended Faith Bible Church in St. Ignace.

Mr. Pann enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, cooking, wood- working, and music.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea; a son, Axel; his parents, Joe and Joanne Pann of McMillan; siblings and their families, Jessy and Matt McNamara, Jake and Ashley Pann, and Jeb Pann, all of McMillan; his wife’s father, David Griglio of Hillsdale; his wife’s mother, Audrey Dunton of Tampa, Florida; paternal grandmother, Kathleen Hollister of McMillan, and maternal grandparents, Larry and Janice Reyburn of Cedar Springs.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Thomas Pann Sr., in 1980.

Visitation was Thursday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curtis Baptist Church. Services followed at 1 p.m at the church. Mr. Pann’s uncle, Pastor Dan Pann of Hillsdale Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis.

Memorials may be directed to an educational fund for his son, Axel.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry assisted the family with arrangements.

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