John B. Sassaman
Highest Military RankSergeant
Tomb DatesJan 1971 - Nov 1971
Society MembershipFounding Father
Home City / StateGrosse Pointe, MI
Current City / StateNorthville, MI
John Sassaman moved from Pennsylvania to Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan in 1951 at the age of 7. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Arlington Cemetery to serve as an honorary guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Following his service to our Country, John attended and graduated from the Detroit School of Mortuary Science. The care, devotion and respect he demonstrated in the Army was put to good use in this new career, working with grieving families.
John moved to Northville in 1986 and purchased the funeral home on Seven Mile and Northville Roads. He immediately settled into the community, where his passion for serving was evidenced through his participation in groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Civic Concern and Habitat for Humanity. He even joined the City of Northville Fire Department.
In 2010 John was diagnosed with cancer. As the treatments began to take their toll, John was no longer able to serve families the way he wanted to. So, in 2014 he sold his funeral home to the Griffin family, knowing that they would proudly continue what he had worked so hard to establish.
John will be remembered as a caring, kindhearted man who put service to community at the forefront of his life. The Griffin Family is proud to continue John's legacy, promising to provide care, empathy and respect to the people of the Northville area.
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Units & Campaigns3d United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
Awards & DecorationsNational Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge
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Did you know?
Do you guard all night long, even when the cemetery is closed?
The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In fact, there has been a Sentinel on duty in front of the Tomb every minute of every day since 1937.