age 68, of River Falls, WI died at his home on March 29 of lung cancer. Jon was born in Iowa and raised in Brainerd. A graduate of Macalester College, St. Paul, he had a long career as a newspaperman. He was a reporter for the Hudson Star Observer at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, Jeannie Gryzwa; sisters, Jane Hallas, St. Paul and Jean Ness, Minneapolis; nieces, Libby Jean (Todd) Hallas-Muchow, Jana Alexandra Hallas; nephew, Andrew "Droxmire" Ness; and great-niece, Samantha "Junebug" Muchow. Preceding him in death were his parents John and Floreine Echternacht; grandparents, Estel Ira and Clara Thus Nelda Echternacht and Marion and Daisy Ruth Kelly; and his brother-in-law, Jim Hallas. A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 6, 2014 at Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, in Stillwater (time TBD). Memorials are preferred. Hudson, WI - (715) 386-3725


Funeral Home

O'Connell Family Funeral Homes
520 11th Street South Hudson, WI 54016-2149
(715) 386-3725

Published in Pioneer Press on Apr. 6, 2014