John C. Bandy, 80

John C. Bandy, 80, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at St. Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point. He was born on April 21, 1931, in Sheboygan to Earl and Amelia (nee Lubach) Bandy.

A short time after graduating from Sheboygan North High School, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Cherry Point, N.C. He married Marian Walter of Menomonee Falls on April 16, 1953, in New Bern, N.C. After being honorably discharged, the couple settled in West Bend where John worked at the Gehl Company until his retirement in 1994.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Marian, his daughter Barbara, brother Joe Reif and sister Esther Hadden.

He is survived by his son Jack (Silvia) of Reuggisburg, Switzerland, and grandsons Christian, Frederick and Timothy of Bern, Switzerland; son Steve (Laurie) and grandchildren Rachel, John, Stephanie and Drew of Amherst Junction; daughter Karen (Dave) Wery of Dickson, Tenn.; and daughter Debbie (Steve) Jacoby and grandchild Laura (Brian) Stensgard, great-grandchildren Charlette, Liam and Annabelle Stensgard of Duluth, Minn., grandchild Alicia Jacoby of West Bend and grandchild Steven (Crystal) Jacoby of Milwaukee. He is further survived by his sister Charlotte Youngblood of Chaska, Minn. and special friend Patty Komar of Amherst Junction.

The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend on Wednesday, April 25, from noon-2 p.m. Burial services with military honors will follow at Washington County Memorial Park.

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