John J. Vossler, Jr.
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John J. Vossler, Jr., age 79, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014. Visitation will be at 2:00 pm, Monday, January 27, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 pm and a 7:00 pm Prayer Service at Miller Funeral Home, 507 South Main, Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 28, at Holy Spirit Parish, 3601 East Dudley Lane, Sioux Falls.
John Joseph Vossler, Jr., was born Tuesday, October 30, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri, to John and Delia (Surprenant) Vossler, Sr. In 1938, John and his family moved to Sioux Falls, and he received his education in the local area. John graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953. Shortly after, John was proud to enlist in the U.S. Navy and serve his country during the Korean Conflict. He was Honorably Discharged in November 1957, started college at South Dakota State in mid-December, 1957, and was united in marriage to the love of his life, Margaret Chalus, at the end of December, 1957. In 1962, John graduated with a Pharmacy Degree.
The young couple would be blessed with six children, Ann Marie, John III, Mark, Steven, David, and William. John was the owner and operated Viking Pharmacy for many years. He also worked at various other jobs at the same time, like working for UPS as a pre-loader and special air driver. John also liked to fill in for the other Pharmacist in the area when they would be away from their locations. He was member of Holy Spirit Parish, a VFW life member, was a National Rifle Association member, and also the Center for Active Generations. John also volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul.
John enjoyed hunting with his sons, doing leather work, and being productive. To say he was a workaholic is a real fact, and there isn't much he couldn't fix and get working again. John was always more than happy to give a helping hand to others. He was a wonderful dancer and enjoyed that as often as possible.
John is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Margaret; sons, John III (Nancy) of Elizabeth, CO, Dr. Mark (Becky) of Clear Lake, SD, Steven (Eldrid) of Sioux Falls, SD, David (Tami) of Houston, TX, and William (Penny) of Greeley, CO; daughter, Ann Marie Vossler of Moose Lake, MN; 11 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; sisters, Theresa (Gene) Knauer of Alta Loma, CA, and Marie (Tad) Walters of Crystal Lake, IL; and many other relatives and friends. John is preceded in death by: his parents, John Sr. and Delia; and his brother Robert.
Miller Funeral Home
507 South Main Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 26, 2014