John J. Licht Jr., 64

John J. Licht Jr., a resident of Las Vegas and formerly of Cedarburg, passed away peacefully Nov. 5, 2013, following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 64 years old. John was born in Cedarburg on Jan. 17, 1949, the son of John J. and Lucille Hildebrandt Licht. He attended local schools and graduated from Cedarburg High School with the class of 1967. John proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 22, 1989, he was united in marriage with Kathleen Braatz in Cedarburg. The couple later moved to Las Vegas in 1997. John had many accomplishments in his lifetime: he was a member of the American Legion, a Boy Scout leader and a volunteer coach for youth sports. John also volunteered his time by maintaining several local parks in Las Vegas. John worked as a union sheet metal worker in both Wisconsin and Nevada for 42 years, retiring in 2011. He was well-liked and respected by his union brothers. John is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kathleen; their three children, Justyn Licht of Medford, Jonathan Licht of Las Vegas and Stewart Goforth of Hartford; and two grandsons, Dacien Licht of Las Vegas and Nolan Goforth of Hartford. He is further survived by his mother, Lucille Licht of Cedarburg; sisters, Jacqueline Lewaren of Green Bay and Jennifer (Robert) Callies of Saukville; and brother, James J. Licht of Cedarburg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Licht Sr.

A memorial in Johnís name will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to noon. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion at noon.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be given to: Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, P.O. Box 18441, Milwaukee, WI 53218.

Eernisse Funeral Home is proudly assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at