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John "Jack" C. Johnson

John "Jack" C. Johnson

January 29, 2017

John “Jack” Clare Johnson died on January 29, 2017. John was born on May 15, 1933 in rural Eau Claire to Clarence and Georgine (Bergerson) Johnson. John graduated from Fairchild High School in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force for four years, working as a CRYPTO operator in Alaska during the Korean War. Following his years in the service, John earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, in preparation to become a math teacher. He married his high school date to the Senior Prom, Joyce Holman, in 1958. After finishing his degree he taught math for three years in Gillett, Wisconsin. He then earned his graduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa and started teaching math in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, retiring in 1995.

John carried a love of farming throughout his life. He worked part-time for many summers on John Menard Senior’s farm. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors and had a special affinity for John Deere. He was an avid outdoorsman, with interests that included bird watching, hiking, hunting, chopping wood, and planting trees. John was an excellent dancer and his favorite music was always polka. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage, and was always perfecting his lefse making and cookie baking skills. He was an avid reader and loved books and literature of all kinds.

When John taught at the university he had a William Wordsworth quote on the bulletin board just outside his office door that read: “The best portion of a man’s life, are his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” John lived by that philosophy. He was a modest man with a wry sense of humor who touched many people with his kind and gentle nature.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce; four children: Joel (Evan) of Viola, Daniel (Diep) of Madison, Mark (Jen) of Wausau, and Jennifer of Minneapolis; three grandchildren: Athena, Cameron, and Peter, four siblings: Jean (Ron) of Brookfield, Joan of Fairchild, Jerry (Mary) of Woodstock, IL, and Jim (Darlene) of Merrill, aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

Funeral service will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Tim Stein officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Wednesday morning from 10 am until the time of service.  Burial will take place, following a luncheon at church, on Wednesday afternoon in the Scandinavian Lutheran Cemetery in Eau Claire.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation towards a math scholarship.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Visitation will take place at Peace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 10 am until the time of service.

Service

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Tim Stein officiating.