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John D. Pettinger

1939 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
John D. Pettinger Obituary
Madison, WI - John D. Pettinger ("Jack") passed away July 9, 2018 at the age of 79. Born March 21st, 1939, in Chicago IL to John and Marie Pettinger. Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane, their children; Kathleen, Jerry (Nancy), John (Bridget), Jim (Sari), and his sister Sue Fox. Jack was the proud grandfather to Margaret, Kate, Jack, Jimmy, Sarah, Bridget, Joe, Tommy and Max and great-grandfather to Ryan. Jack dedicated his life to his family and friends and the sport of swimming. Jack was a graduate of Fenwick High School in Chicago, IL and attended the University of Michigan ('57 – '61) where he was part of multiple national championship swim teams. Jack proudly served in the Marine Corps from 1961 – 1963, Semper Fi. Jack resumed his education and began his coaching career at Indiana University ('64-'69) where he worked with the legendary James "Doc" Counsilman. In 1969 he became the head coach at the University of Wisconsin ('69-'93) and concluded his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer coach at the University of Minnesota. The local Madison swim community was the fortunate focus of his energy and commitment, whether it be a public pool for Madison, triathletes or age group swimmers. Services will be held Saturday, July 14th from 11:30 to 2:30 at the Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison WI. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either: Wisconsin https://secure.supportuw.org/give/?id=9F1BF639-89BC-4018-856C-3A052D5D8B08 Or : https://www.alz.org/ Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 12, 2018
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