John B. Gravenstine, 96


Jack Gravenstine, 96, formerly of West Bend, passed away Dec. 20, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jack was born April 30, 1915, to the late Raymond and Mabel Gravenstine in Haddonfield, N.J. The family relocated to the Milwaukee area and Jack graduated from Washington High School in 1933.

Jack spent his entire career in the insurance business, servicing insurance agencies throughout Wisconsin. This was done in person back then, and Jack traveled to all corners of the state to meet with his agents. He also proudly served for more than 25 years as the secretary/treasurer “Grand Wielder” of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, a fraternal organization of men and women who work in the property/casualty insurance business.

Fore more than 50 years, Jack and his wife Helen and, following Helen’s death, his wife Dorothy “Dot,” spent summers at their cottage on Little Cedar Lake in West Bend, where lasting friendships were made and where they cherished spending time with their children, grandchildren , and their extended families.

Jack will be dearly missed by his daughters Laura (Randy) Miller of West Bend, Betty (Ed) Shamas and Jane (David) Beam, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his grandchildren Mike Wanninger, Mark Wanninger, Linda Nehls, John Wanninger, Chris Anderson, Tim Anderson, Tricia Osborn, Michael Beam and Sarah Beam; and eight great-grandchildren who adored him.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his wife Dot, his daughter Deborah Wanninger, sons in-law George Wanninger and Ed Anderson, and his brother Raymond.

Jack had such a kind and gentle nature. It was immediately felt by everyone who met him.

Jack was a member of the National Cremation Society. Interment will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.