John C. Humphrey

April 19, 1927 – Oct. 1, 2013

John C. Humphrey, 86, of Oconomowoc, formerly of Ixonia, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Angels-Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

John Chester Humphrey was born in Ixonia on April 19, 1927, son of Owen and Lila (Dukelow) Humphrey.

On Feb. 19, 1949, he married Erline Schliewe at his parents’ home in Ixonia.

John had been employed at the former Carnation Co. in Oconomowoc for 46 years.

He was a member of Dr. Martin Luther Church, Senior Lutherans and a founding member of the Carnation Credit Union. He was also a member of the Oconomowoc VFW Post #2260. John had been a trustee and took care of the Bethel Cemetery for many generations.

Survivors include his wife, Erline of Oconomowoc; his children, Dennis (Cathy) Humphrey of Florida, Janice Humphrey of Johnson Creek and Vickie (Douglas) Rupp of Waukesha; his seven grandchildren, Genesis (Calvin) Mickel, Ranae Anderson, Adriel Humphrey, Faith (Stephen) Hill, Samara Humphrey, Melissa (David) Carey and Shelley (Jason) Pantzlaff; and his six great-grandchildren, Steven, Jordan, Tristan and Jacob Anderson and Andy and Spencer Hill. He is also survived by a sister- in-law, Lois (Donald) Strader of Gillette, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his son and his wife, Dale and Kathy Humphrey; a sister, Charlotte Humphrey; a brother and his wife, Marvin and Wilma Humphrey; and a grandson-in-law, Dan Anderson.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc with the Rev. Larry Harpster and Chaplain Mark Rydberg officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites, was at LaBelle Cemetery in Oconomowoc on Monday, Oct. 7.

Memorials may be directed to AngelsGrace Hospice, Dr. Martin Luther Church, Shorehaven Health Center in Oconomowoc or to the charity of one’s choice.

The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown, 920-261-2218, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.