John A. Elkin
John A. Elkin, 91, of Waukesha (formerly of Watertown), went to be with his Savior on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.
John was born on July 27, 1924 in Chicago, the son of the Rev. Robert and Meta (Germain) Elkin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota. On Sept. 12, 1947, he married Lois Stueven in Minneapolis.
The couple enjoyed 66 years of marriage until Lois’ death in 2013. John served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. After his military service ended, he worked as a retail department store manager for F. W. Woolworth in various cities across the Midwest.
John was a lifelong follower of Christ and an active member of River City Church in Watertown.
He was a devoted family man and loved spending time in the outdoors with his wife and children. John was especially industrious in his retirement years, always keeping himself busy with projects such as clock building and woodworking, and games of golf with his sons. He also worked part-time as a sporting goods sales associate at Walmart until the age of 85. He and his wife enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
John is survived by his children Roberta (Gary) Bollenbach, Minda (Jerry) Jewson, Debby (Rick) Merkel, Steven (Michele) Elkin, and John (Traci) Elkin II; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parent;, wife, Lois; and sister Gladys.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at River City Church, 21 Pawnee St., Watertown, with the Rev. Jared Furnish presiding. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
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