John H. Ihler, of Menominee, died peacefully with grace and dignity on Monday, December 30, 2013.
John was born on May 10, 1930 in Marinette and was a graduate of Marinette High School. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served his country during the Korean War aboard the USS Furse DDR 882. John retired from Scott Paper Company and had owned and operated Ihler's Mobil, BA-Lucy's Guest House and The Studio, Inc. with his wife, Pat. He was an active member in many local organizations including the American Legion, Elks Lodge, Menominee Jaycees, Moose Lodge, Riverside Country Club, M & M Yacht Club, Central Lutheran Church and the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia (nee Gillaume); his daughter, Toni; and his four-legged grandchildren: Gracie, Phoebe, Lily and Nick.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Harold "Howie" and Mabel Ihler; brothers: Jim and Jerry; sister, Jeanne; and in-laws: Alden and Violet Gillaume.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home, in Marinette, from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014. The Menominee American Legion Post will lead a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Friday in the funeral home followed by an Honors Ceremony conducted by the Military Twenty-Year Club.
A memorial fund has been established to benefit Unity Hospice, the Menominee Animal Shelter and the local chapter of The Wisconsin Parkinson Association.
Pat and Toni thank the nurses and staff of Unity Hospice and 2East of Bay Area Medical Center for their remarkable, reverent care and for helping turn rocks into stepping stones during this remarkable journey.