He was born on Jan. 4, 1926, in Reeder, N.D. He married Joan Carol Forschler on Aug. 10, 1953, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse.
John was a military post World War II veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. John (Zeke) retired from La Crosse Plumbing Supply after 42 years of employment.
He is survived by his children, Linda Rayfield, Brownsville, Minn.; Jim Forschler, Hokah, Minn.; Joe (Karen) Forschler, Riverton, Wyo.; Louise Brink, Rosemount, Minn.; Heidi (Jack) Owen, Tomah, Wis.; and Karen Danielson, Dover, Minn.; 15 grandchildren, David (Becky), Michael (Dewie), Amy (John), Megan (Jim), Jamie (Jenny), Janie (Scott), Rachel (Summer), Monty (Rebecca), Scotty (Emily), Ricky (Kim), Steven, Leah, Karl, Jordan and Cody; and 20 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brother, Daniel (Becky) Forschler, Stacy Minn.; his cat, “Rask;” nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellsworth and Esther; infant sister, Jane; loving wife, Joan; daughter, Jane; and infant granddaughter, Katrina Beth.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brownsville. Msgr. Steven Kachel will officiate and burial will follow with military rites by Leroy D. Holzwarth, VFW Post 6801, at the Veterans Cemetery, Brownsville, Minn. Family and friends may call Friday, March 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Breza Hall in Brownsville. Family and friends may also call from 9:30 a.m. at Breza Hall until the time of Mass on Saturday.
Thank you to Bethany St Joseph for their wonderful care; it was sincerely appreciated by John’s family.
Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes of La Crosse are assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com.