ONALASKA -- John M. Casper, 96, of Onalaska passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Onalaska Care Center.
John was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Berlin, Wis., to John and Mabel (Fox) Casper. Soon after his high school graduation, John was united in marriage to Jeanette Loper on her 18th birthday, July 18, 1942, at St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse. Shortly thereafter, John served honorably in the U.S. Army, ranked as a Sergeant and served as a medic, landing in Normandy, France, 26 days after D-day. His service to our country included traversing France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, England, and Luxembourg, while rendering aid to fallen comrades; and was assisted by local farmers along the way. While in France, he was wounded and later received a Purple Heart, among numerous other medals.
John spent his career as a machinist at Trane Company in La Crosse, employed for 33 years and also at Anderson Moving Company. In his free time, John enjoyed woodworking and painting, and had a great sense of humor. He was the best euchre player, everyone wanted to be his partner because he always won. John was a loving family man and always dedicated to his wife. He will be forever missed.
John is survived by his daughters, Sharon (John) Christoferson of Belvidere, Ill., and Jane (George) Harvell of Anderson, S.C.; sons, Steven (Roxanne) Casper of Marinette, Wis., Douglas (Nancy) Casper of La Crosse, and Keith (Ronda) Casper of Onalaska; brother, Bill Casper of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; grandchildren, Stephanie, Annie, Maggie, Carrie, Steve Jr., Mike, Matt, Nathan, Joey, Todd, Tony and Kurtis; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a special niece, Sally (Rudy) Wuest and their daughters, Jamie, Lindsey and Shelley.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, March 23, 2002; his parents; his sisters, Marie Yonke, Jenny Heil and Judy Pryne; and his brothers, Robert, Roman, Thomas and James.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska, with Pastor Ted Dewald officiating. A time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. A private family interment will take place later at Stoddard Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the Mayo Clinic and their staff, Dr. Mark Beahm, Bethany St. Joseph Laurel Manor, and the Onalaska Care Center. Please visit www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com to share online condolences.