October 13, 2021
He was born in 1927, too young to have experienced the Great Depression, yet not old enough to fight in World War II. So had to fib about his age to defend his country. A graduate of Winona State, he married local girl, Clareen Willis, after meeting on a blind date . John dreamed of becoming a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska. Well, sometimes life can get in the way of your best laid plans.
Instead he became a school teacher and a family man. Three daughters later and a career at Watkins Products in Winona, John and family traveled and lived through many company transfers and finally retired in Prescott Valley, Arizona.