John R. Oelstrom, 69

John R. Oelstrom of Mequon passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the age of 69.

John proudly served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He always remained true to the values of the Corps and was never an "ex" Marine. After his enlistment in the Marines, he had a strong career at Forrer Business Interiors. His next big step was to venture out on his own, creating the Delta Group, a sales promotion company. Perfectly utilizing his people skills and solid salesmanship, he built the Delta Group into a solid entity.

Looking forward to enjoying retirement, John needed two spine surgeries, which unfortunately limited his physical abilities. John had three years of constant pain Ö now he has none.

In life, John was always fun to be with. He gave 100 percent to every adventure, whether power boating, hunting, riding one of his several Harleys or grilling the perfect steak. He will be terribly missed by the many who knew him and loved him, and especially by his life partner of 43 years, Mary.

He was the best friend and beloved husband of Mary (nee Draws); dearest brother of James (Sharon) Oelstrom; favorite son-in-law of Marie (the late Al) Draws; loving uncle of Matt Oelstrom M.D., Krystal (Corey) Lorenz and Ben, Jacob and David Dougherty; special brother-in-law of Ann (the late Gary) Larson, John (Christine) Draws and Jane (Michael) Dougherty; and proud great-uncle of Hayden Lorenz.

He is also survived by other great relatives and special, loving friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Jane Oelstrom.

A memorial gathering will be held for John on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Spankyís Hideaway, 5208 W County Line Road, Mequon. Military honors will take place at 4 p.m.

Memorials to the charity of the donorís choice are appreciated.

The Schramka-Densow Funeral Home assisted the family.