For some strange reason, I have been thinking about John for about a month now, wondering what happened to him. He and I dated for a very short time many many years ago. He was a very close friend of my brother Kerry Strommen until his death in 1976. He always joked that my brother would beat him up if he found out we were dating :) He was a wonderful guy back then and from the condolences I've read today, he carried that forward throughout his life. I was truly sad to hear of his passing. He is now in Heaven with my brother and they are probably reminiscing about the weird wacky wines they used to make.. To his family, may you find peace in knowing that John has gone to a better place and that one day you will join him there where his arms will be outstretched to welcome you home. God bless you all.
We were so sad to learn of John's passing. Words cannot express the depth of the sorrow we feel when we lose someone we love. John was always so caring and considerate to everyone. He will truly be missed by the many whose lives he has touched. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to do volunteerism in the spirt of his memory. Love and God's Blessing Peggy & Harvey
To Kat and Family with all our love and condolences. I met John and one of his best friends Gary when they did an air balancing job for me. John and Gary did what ever it took to do the job every time. Both became very close to me,especially John. John was more then a friend. He became my brother and Kat my sister. I'm 8000 miles away in Australia and John had my back in Vegas, he was the Man! I will never forget you my dear friend. Only the good die young and you passed way to young. We will miss you mate. With all our heart and soul. Love Bill and Sandy Bybee
Dear Kat and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May loving memories bring you comfort through the days ahead. John is truly a good guy. We are honored to have known you and John. Your love for each other was apparent whenever we were together. John was a good friend, a great cook, an excellent host, and a down right fun guy from Wisconsin that reminded me of my midwestern roots. He loved cold beer, blues music, good food, an adequate supply of charcoal, the company of friends, minor baseball games, and webers. Rest in peace dear friend, we will miss you and we promise everytime we see a weber we will smile, say mu's and ou's and think of you.
Dear Kat and family,
So sorry for your loss. May loving memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. I am so happy that John and Ray were work mates and we got to share time with both of you. Everytime we were together I could see how much he loved you Kat. John was truly a good guy, great company, and a great cook, He loved fellowship keeping in touch with new and old friends, , good food, cold beer, a cigar, a large supply of charcoal, minor league baseball, and webers. We share in your loss, we will miss him too, but we will be sure to smile when we see a weber or hear the term moo's and ooo's.
My deepest sympathy to the Licht family! It was always fun to talk to john at class reunions: he never failed to flash that infectious smile & tell a story or two. God's blessings for all the loved ones he left behind.
It's hard to believe that you were all these things to so many people, leaning so much more about you with every line.
You were love by us all...be at peace!
Kat..focus on the thousands of moments
and memories, and remember love is eternal....
My wife, Robin, & I express our deepest & heartfelt sympathy to Kat & the entire Licht Family. Words can't describe the friendship void that I feel with his passing. John was a great lifelong friend, whom I had many, many great times with, dating all the way back to the 5th grade, when he lived on Center Street, the many great times that I had visiting with him & Kat in Las Vegas, & right up to our 45th class reunion in 2012. He left his mark on everyone that knew him & will be missed dearly. Rest in peace friend.
My sincere condolences to Kat and family. John was a good friend to my dad, Charlie Dietrich. I enjoyed hearing about their childhood adventures and seeing yearbooks and newspaper clippings that John had laid out for his visits with my dad. I learned a lot about my Dad through John and those pictures. I will forever be thankful for those stories from John. Rest in peace.
As a Cedarburg High School classmate of John's it is sad to learn of his passing. He was also a Boy Scout and Explorer Scout. He has served his country well and created an example for all of us to follow. My sincere condolences to all his family and all his friends.
John-You will be deeply missed, but memories of the "Center" St gang in the 50s and the 1133 5th Av "Animal House" in the 70s. Deepest condolences to Kat and your loved ones and to you my friend - Semper Fi.
Kat, I will always remember how wonderful he was with the kids. Picking out a special bauble or trinket that was very specific to the niece or nephew he had picked it out for. He made sure it reflected their personality and took the time to explain the story behind it. He was such a genuine, funny, loving person who will be forever missed. The world is a better place for having him here. Kathy, I know you miss him dearly and my prayers are for both of you. Love you!
My thoughts are with you Kat in this hour of grief,I know that Jon loved you with all his heart....and that was reciprocal on your part....when you had your surgery he called me to tell me how much he needed and loved you... He was such a sweet guy and the trip out to see you guys a couple years back ,our trip to Hoover Dam ,the run out to see the ancient dinosaur poop site up in the desert and then for him to do his favorite BBQ for our dinner and drinks in your backyard was a memory that I will,never forget and always cherish.He was a great guy and a true blue friend that I shared some wonderful times with when we were young...and some great times as we got older....He will be missed...
John, you were a great friend for over 55 years. We were a pair that couldn't have been better boys lol. I will miss our phone conversations and all the fun we had growing up together. So I say "RIP my good friend."
John was a non-conformist and stepped to the beat o9f a different drum. I have yet to meet anyone with his personality. He always had a kind word about everyone and everything in his life. He was a great worker, bicyclist(I remember when he did Death Valley), great dancer (all those Friday and Saturday nights with the PSA staff), and all around just a good person. I remember sitting on his patio with the misting hose and watching the sun set and just being in the moment. He made me think about living life to the fullest. Rest in Peace John and our heart goes out to the whole family.
I just can not even believe that when we have our Class Reunions....that John will not be waiting at the door to give me that first great smile and hug. I am so blessed to have all those past smiles and hugs hidden away in my heart. Rest in Peace...you will be missed but not forgotten. My prayers for Kat, Johns Mom and family.
John had been one of my best friends for over fifty years he was in our wedding! Thru the years he never once missed calling on May 1st to remind us of the fun we had then, and ever since. He will be missed by everyone that had the honor of knowing him. He had a great sense of humor, always with a good word! Will miss the chats man!!! So sorry for the Family's lose! Kat you lost a peach!
We didn't know John and Kat very long, we did enjoy the time we did spend together. RIP John
You where a great friend for all of these years I will miss you very much. Love you always Julie
WE HAD SO MANY GOOD TIMES I COULD NOT EVEN BEGIN TO MENTION THEM ALL. WE GREW UP TOGETHER IN THE MARINE CORP, LET ME JUST MENTION A FEW OCEAN BEACH,,,,BIKLINI'S,,,,SURFING,,,,SUNBURNS,,,,SKIING,,,,,BIG BEAR MTN,,,,,BIKINI'S AGAIN,,,,,,PETE FORD (THE BEARS),,,HOME ON OCEAN BEACH,,,,,,BIKINIS,,,,,DANCING BARS (GOGO) NO BIKINIS,,,,,,MAYBE YOU SEE THE THEME BUT WE WERE YOUNG AND WERE HAPPY TO BE ALIVE IN SUNNY SOUTH CALIFORNIA.... YOU WERE A TRUE BUD AND FRIEND OVER ALL THESE YEARS. I WILL MISS MY NEW YEARS CALLS AND KNOWING THAT I HAD A USMC CONNECTION STILL OUT THERE. KAT MY HEART GOES OUT TO YA, I KNOW HE LOVED WHOLE HEART AND SOUL
John was very good friend and classmate...and I want to thank him for his sense of humor and friendship over all these years!
Where to start, first, thank you John for many great childhood memories with stu. I always had a blast staying over by you guys. Next, thanks always giving pointers in any sport we were in at the time, and last but not least, thanks for helping raise a wonderful son in stu. Stu, Kevin, Dave and I are more like brothers than just friends. Rest in peace John. You will be missed! P.S. save some white bread for me....(stu will get the inside joke)
Robbie Schmidt and family
Love and miss you dad. You'll always be in my heart.
I love you Sweetheart. I will keep you in my heart forever.
I love you Sweetheart. I will keep you in my heart forever.