Junior John Ferguson

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Junior John Ferguson, 88, of Winona, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wis. Junior was born on Nov. 7, 1924. 

He is survived by his six children, Garey (Patricia), Cheryl (Stan Grossman), Larry (Lin), Koreen (Mark) Bartlett, Ronald and Glenn; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon (Linda) and Stanley (Suzi); sisters, Della Malmin and Doris (Merle) Beardon; and sister-in-law, Darlene Ferguson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Germaine Ferguson; parents, John and Dora Ferguson; brothers, Orville and Harold Ferguson; sisters, Hazel Green and Bernice Heim; sisters-in-law, Audrey, Eva and Mildred Ferguson; and brothers-in-law, Claire Malmin, Dave Green and Bernard Heim.

Junior was one of nine children raised on a farm near Utica. In his earlier years, he raced horses and stock cars. He enjoyed his German Shepherd dogs, hunting, fishing and watching football and baseball.

Junior served our country in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a tail gunner in the 401st bomber group in England and Germany during World War II

He married Germaine Polus on July 3, 1948, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Winona. He was a member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and worked for Lake Center Switch Industries in Winona for 30 years until his retirement in 1984. 

Junior was a country western musician entertaining at local/regional nightclubs with his band, "Junior Ferguson and the Country Round Up Boys." He also created a talent show at the Redman's Wigwam and brought many famous country western musicians to Winona to perform there. His "Country Round Up Show" was a Saturday radio show broadcast from 1957 until late 1959 on KWNO and KAGE. He was also involved with the Winona Winter Carnival and booked country western acts for the carnival's talent show. More recently, he enjoyed singing karaoke at clubs in the Winona area.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. The Rev. Glenn Frerichs will officiate. 

Junior will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, Winona, where the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post 9 will provide full military honors.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home where Monsignor Roy E. Literski will lead a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Junior's family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com

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Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home - Winona
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 15, 2013
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