John S. "Jack" Schlesser, 84, of Struble, died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
John Schlesser was born August 8, 1921 on the family farm in Sherman Township, Sioux County, the son of John and Julia (O'Hare) Schlesser. He was a Sioux County native and lifelong resident. Jack attended rural school at Sherman Township #8 School. He then farmed in Sherman Township, near Struble his entire life with his brother Ed.
Jack enjoyed the country life, his Hereford cattle, two-cylinder John Deere tractors, and his horses.
He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Struble and was active as a volunteer for many church duties over the years. He was a strong believer and loved the Struble Church.
Survivors include two sisters and their husbands, Kathleen and John Mertes of Merrill, and Mary and Lloyd VanderMolen of Struble; a sister-in-law, Marcella Schlesser of Le Mars; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Regina Raynor; two brothers, Ed and Milo Schlesser; a niece, Joyce Schlesser; and a nephew, Bill Mertes.
The Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday), Dec. 27, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Struble with burial following in the parish cemetery. The Rev. Daniel Greving will officiate.
Visitation was anytime after 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Struble with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a Scriptural wake Service at 7 p.m. Visitation was also held one hour prior to the Mass Tuesday at the church.
The Feuerstein Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were David Schlesser, Thomas Schlesser, Christopher Schlesser, Michael VanderMolen, Kenneth Mertes, and Mark Kessenich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Cemetery in Struble.