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John "Jack" Mitchler

October 21, 1937 April 5, 2014
John "Jack" Mitchler
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John (Jack) Mitchler passed away peacefully at home, the evening of 04-04-14, surrounded by his loving family, after a short but valiant fight against cancer.
He was born on 10-21-37, the 5th of 12 children for Olga (Jesse) and John Mitchler in Kimberly, Wisconsin. He grew up in a lively household of 14, enjoying the life skills that come with sharing and compromising when there are so many siblings. He met Rosemary Vander Loop in High School and later married her in a lovely wedding right before leaving for Germany to serve in the US Army in 1957. His two years in the service proved to leave a life long impression on Jack as he continued to consider his fellow service men some of his best life long friends. He returned home to start a 34 year long career in the paper mill industry for Consolidated Papers, Inc. Starting out as a mill wright in Appleton and working his way up to the position of Chief Maintenance Coordinator in Wisconsin Rapids. In those early years, he and Rosemary had 3 children. He was a fantastic father and eventually grandfather. He was always available to help out where he could, give a big hug or words of encouragement and beam with pride. He could be found shouting from bleachers for decades cheering on his family and friends. He also started volunteering tirelessly for his local church and became part of the Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered by many for his generous nature, giving his time and energy to those in need.
He made it a goal to retire early and was able to move to Minocqua, WI in 1994 where he could pursue his passions for hunting and fishing out his back door and traveling with his best-friend Rosemary. He continued to volunteer at church and in the community, always bringing a smile to those he knew and offering end of life help to those who needed a hand.
He will be dearly remembered for all the love that he shared his funny sayings when we came in the door and for reminding us when the bus is leaving.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Rosemary and his children: Jeffrey (Sandi) Mitchler of Kimberly, WI, Susan (Andy) Teichmiller of Arbor Vitae, WI, and Cathy (Dan) Hein of Appleton, WI. His grandchildren: Tara Mitchler of Menasha WI, Tamara Zwiers of Appleton, WI, Jacob Mitchler of Kimberly, WI, Leah (Jeff) Houghton of Glendale, WI, Lexie Hein of Appleton, WI, Celest Teichmiller and Alysse Teichmiller of Arbor Vitae, WI. His great grand children: Alyza Mitchler, Phoenix Zwiers, Maylahni Zwiers, and Jaden Revoir. His siblings: Mildred Francek of Neenah, WI, Dorothy Micheln of Oshkosh, WI, Delores Fisher of Kimberly, WI, Sharalene (Roger) Rainville of Kimberly, WI, Daniel (Joanne) Mitchler of Kimberly, WI, Jesse Jarat of Appleton, WI, Marilyn (Jerry) Vander Pas of Combined Locks, WI and Barbara Jo Mitchler of Appleton, WI,
He has been preceded in death by his parents Olga and John and In laws: John and Irene Vander Loop, and his siblings Carmen Mitchler, Carmel Leavitt, and Gladys Zielinski.
John was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff and there will be a visitation at 10 AM and a mass of resurrection and a celebration of life on April 14th at 11 AM.
Memorial donations can be made to Saint Judes Childrens Hospital or the Michael J Fox Parkinsons Foundation for Parkinsons research.

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