John Van Slochteren
1916 - 2013
John Van Slochteren, 96, of Bristol, Wis., passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at his home.
He was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Eagle, Wis., the son of the late Cornelius and Nettie (VanVuren) Van Slochteren. John had been nearly a lifelong resident of Bristol, graduating from Wilmot High School in 1936 and then from the University of Wisconsin in 1940. Prior to entering the service, he worked for the Farm Security Administration in Medford, Wis. In 1942, John enlisted in the U.S. Army
, serving during WWII
, and later that year, he graduated from the Army Air Force Officer Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant. He went on further to complete the course at the Military Intelligence Training School in 1943 and took part in the invasion of Normandy (Omaha Beach-D+2 (June 8, 1944). John then served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1945 until 1956 when he was honorably discharged. Throughout his military service, John earned a Bronze Star
, Purple Heart
, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, and European Theater Medal with five major battle stars. After the war, John became the Assistant County Agent in Calumet County, Wis.; he later worked for the Veterans Administration as a Veteran Trainer in Chilton, Stoughton, and Wilmot, Wis., and after 14 years of teaching, he returned to the family farm and operated it until his retirement in 1975. After his retirement, he became very involved in various hobbies including ceramics, woodwork, clock making, and sculptures made from old farm implements. In 1999, John received the Medaille de la France Liberee, the Crois du combatant Voluntaire from France and the Medaille de la Reconnaissance Belge from Belgium. In 2001, he received a special diploma called the Thank You America Certificate from the Government of France for his contribution to liberate France from the Axis Powers.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 59 years, Audrey; two sons, Scott (Susan) and Jon (Teresa); his sister, Johanna (Joseph) Kaihe; two grandchildren, Lisa and Dylan, and two great-grandchildren, Trey and Ezra. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by siblings, Elizabeth, Peter (Nelva and Betty), and Richard (Carol).
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch, 1055 Main St. (Rte. 83) with Rev. Barbara Good, officiating. Interment with military honors will be held in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI. Visitation will be from 4-8PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Info: 847-395-4000. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to Hospice Alliance, Inc., 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158. Please sign the online guest book at www.strangfh.com