John R. Ladd, age 87, of Sun City, AZ. John R. Ladd, son of John "Jack" and Geraldine Ladd, passed away on December 24, 2017, in Sun City, AZ. Born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan, he was a graduate of Muskegon High. Mr. Ladd married the then Marilyn Essenberg and together they moved to Jacksonville Florida where he was assigned after joining the Navy. He was a radio and camera operator on reconnaissance aircraft during the Korean war. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Ladd became a fireman with the Muskegon Fire Department. He later became a medical products salesman and owned and operated several small business' including the Hertz car and truck rental franchises in Kalamazoo, Michigan and several other Michigan and Indiana locations. He retired first, to Florida, and then to Sun City, Arizona where he lived for more than 20 years until his death. Mr. Ladd was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jeff. Survivors include sisters Cynthia Nyblade, Karen Ladd and Christine Ladd; ex-wife Marilyn Ladd, daughters Diane Wespinter and Melinda Slager, and son Jon. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 27, 2018, at the St. Paul's church in Muskegon, Michigan. A reception will follow.