John J. Moker, 91, of Wallace, Mich., passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, Wis., surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 7, 1927, in Menominee County, Mich., the son of John and Josephine (Frank) Moker.
     John grew up in Carbondale, near Wallace, on a farm with his parents and nine older siblings. As a young man, he started his own business, Moker’s Livestock. Recently, he reminisced how much he loved the 55 years he spent buying and selling livestock and visiting with the local farmers. He married Lorraine Bramschreiber on March 2, 1946, in Menominee, Mich. John and Lorraine enjoyed 47 years of marriage together. Lorraine passed away in 1993. Together, they raised four children: Jerome, Julie, John and Laurie. John was totally committed to teaching his children Christian values and a strong work ethic. He had a wonderful loving nature and fun-loving spirit which he instilled in all his family. He and Lorraine loved gardening, playing cards, polka music and dancing at the local dance halls. Dick Rogers Polka Band played at their 25th Anniversary celebration. One of John’s favorite activities was spending time at hunting camp with his buddies where they hunted, played cards and told great stories. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with family and friends. John was a long-time supporter of the U.P. State Fair livestock auction. He coached little league baseball, and he enjoyed providing hay rides for family and friends. He loved to decorate his yard for Christmas and Easter and tried not to ever miss a Packer game. Most of all, he loved being with his family. John shared his later years with his very special friend, Beverly Nerat. The Moker family is forever grateful for Bev’s loving and caring. John was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menominee, for over 70 years. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
    John is survived by his son, Jerome (Vickie) of Wallace; daughter, Julie Moker, of Escanaba, Mich.; son, John (Lisa) Moker, of Green Bay, Wis.; and daughter Laurie (Jerry) Plansky, of Marinette. John is further survived by seven grandchildren: Jenny Starzynski, Jim Moker, Molly Moker, Katie Bray, Lacey Moker, Jessica Wilson and Joshua Plansky. John had 10 great-grandchildren: Taylor, Joey and Jett Starzynski; Jace, Josie and Jaxon Moker; Betsy and June Bray; and Xander and Lorraine Wilson. John is survived by two sisters: Josephine Massey, of Menominee, and Katie Beyer, of Marinette; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Steve and Charlie; and his sisters: Mary Spitzer, Anna Biehl, Helen Labs, Betty Grandaw, and Margie Lutri.
    Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 2, at Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home of Stephenson, Mich., from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by prayer at 6 p.m. with Pastor Paul Cole. On Monday, Dec. 3, visitation will continue at Christ Lutheran Church, 613 11th Ave., Menominee, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Paul Cole will officiate.
    Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
    John’s family wishes to thank staff at Bay Area Medical Center ICU, third floor nurses and staff, and Dr. Kshamata Shalini for the excellent care he received. Online condolences may be expressed at www.andersondiehm.com.