October 10, 1921 - August 22, 2014
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John W. Waukechon, USAF MSGT (Ret.), died on August 22, 2014. He was born in Keshena, Wisconsin, on October 10, 1921, to John F. Waukechon and Annie Gauthier Waukechon. He lived on the Menominee reservation through high school. He was a talented basketball player, and a member of the 1938 Wisconsin high school boys' state championship team. For his "great athletic ability and achievements" in his youth, he was inducted into the Menominee Nation Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
John left the reservation when he went to college. He spent a year at the University of Minnesota, and then transferred to Haskell Institute in Kansas. He was drafted into the US Army from Haskell, and was in training to be a paratrooper when the war ended. He pursued his education at various locations, over many years, while in the service. He became the first person in his family to graduate from college, finishing just a short time before his son.
After being discharged when WW II ended, John tried to find civilian employment for a few years. Finally, he went back into the Army. On September 18, 1947, the day the US Air Force was created, John joined the Air Force and served until his retirement in 1970. He retired with 26 years of service, which included both his army and air force service. During his career, he served in Korea, Italy, Germany and various stations in the US.
In 1955, Mr. Waukechon met the beautiful Mary Barrett in Lafayette, Indiana, while he was working with ROTC students at Purdue University. They were married on June 18, 1955. The couple had two children, John F. Waukechon and Joni L. Waukechon
Mr. Waukechon was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary, his parents and all of his siblings. He is survived by his son, John F. (Russlene) and his daughter, Joni. He had three grandchildren Benjamin, Kateri and Joseph Waukechon, whom he loved deeply. He is also survived by a great-grandchild, Katter's son Mateo Dominguez, and took great delight in his great-grandson.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Castle Ridge Mortuary at 8008 Military Dr. West. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12 noon at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, 7990 W Military Dr. Interment will follow in Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.
Castle Ridge Mortuary
8008 Military Dr. W San Antonio, TX 78227
Published in Express-News from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2014