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Recently of Isle MN, passed away November 15, 2012, surrounded by people who loved him. He was a veteran of the Koren War, serving in Japan, where he fixed radios and learned about Japanese culture. After that he continued learning, spending 16 years in college, after which he went right back, teaching at Inver Hills Community college from the day it opened in 1970 until his retirement in 1996.
Dad loved the outdoors, passing on to his daughter Kathy his love of hiking and kayaking, to his son Kelly his love of running, and to his son Kevin, his love of camping. Thomas got his love of meditation, and we all got his inability to spell even the easiest word. His grandson Shaw, 16, got his love of debate, his atheism, and his inability to spell. His grandson Nick, 4, got his twinkly eyes, but it is too soon to tell about the other stuff. Dad was also brilliant, and loved nothing better than drinking coffee and talking about everything, which he did every morning in Isle.
He was married and divorced four times. He remained very close to his last ex-wife Tami Peterson, who was his partner and second-best friend to his dying day.
He was preceded in death by numerous family members and friends, most recently his great and long-time best friend, Ron Wiger.
Jack leaves behind loved ones too numerous to mention.
He asked to have to his ashes left at his favorite place in the boundary waters, and a tree planted at the college for him. He requested that there be no funeral or memorial service other than these.
He was a lifelong non-believer, but he had a beautiful white, curly beard, which he used to great effect playing Santa at the college and at Kathy's Christmas parties. If you remember Dad, and would like to do something in memorial, please drop a gift off at the Toys For Tots box when you are shopping this year.
We love you, Jack

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 22, 2012
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