John Edward "Jack" Wasche

Plymouth, Minnesota


Plymouth, Minnesota


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Wasche, John Edward "Jack" of Golden Valley, age 89, born January 22, 1920 to Edward G. and Helen Wasche in Perham, Minnesota died peacefully in his sleep April 20, 2009. Shortly thereafter his parents moved to Bluffton, Minnesota, 19 miles east of Perham, where his father was a banker. John Wasche graduated from the 8th grade, Bluffton Public School, and from Wadena Public High School, five miles east of Bluffton in 1938. He graduated from the University of Minnesota where he received a degree in business administration in 1947 and a degree of Doctor of Law in 1950. He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. John Wasche was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 1, 1942 and was sent to England in May 1943 where he served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17. On August 17, 1943 while on a mission to a ball bearing plant located at Schweinfurt Germany, on his 13th mission, his plane was shot down near the city of Bonn, Germany. He parachuted out of the plane, but landed within a group of German soldiers. He was imprisoned and later sent to Krems, Austria until liberation May 1945 by the American Army. John Wasche was awarded the Air Metal and three Oak clusters for shooting down three German planes on July 13, 1943. He also received the Purple Heart and Prisoner of War medals. On discharge September 3, 1945 he resumed his studies. In fact, the day he was to begin his first day of law school, June 26, 1948, was the day he married his wife, Mary Catherine. Following law school graduation he and another classmate, Robert Rischmiller, established the law firm of Rischmiller and Wasche in downtown Minneapolis where he remained a partner until his retirement, January 1, 1985. John Wasche loved reading, old cars, boats and motors of all kinds and did much mechanical and restoration work himself, especially during retirement. While in practice he purchased a 1937 supercharged Cord Beverly and had it completely restored. During the restoration he and his son, John Tim, spent many happy hours together working with the restorers. To preserve it, he donated it to the Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan, where it still remains to be enjoyed by the public. John lived for his loving family: Mary Catherine, his wife of 60 years; his son John Tim (Janice) of New Hope, granddaughters Cristalle and Vanessa of New York, N.Y. and sister Kathleen Guck, of Perham, Minnesota. John Wasche also wanted to acknowledge and express his appreciation to Karen Mattson, his secretary and paralegal, for the excellent services and devotion for the time they worked together. He always said he hoped his last dictation to her would be, "Karen, I think it's time to remove those pins from your little doll." Funeral 11 AM Thursday at Gearty- Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway. Interment Ft. Snelling. Visitation one hour before Service Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511

This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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Mary Caye and JT,

Jack was a great guy. It was fun getting to know him when I came over to visit JT. I was always impressed with his joviality and wit. In fact, I was so impressed with Jack I decided to become a lawyer and have never looked back. He was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed.

John and Bob gave me my first real job upon graduating from the U of M's Law School in 1967 . I will always remember John's passion for attacking and completing the task at hand . He had an enormous influence on me . Thanks John. Tom Casey

We are so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Sincerely, Rita Wilczek and family.

To Mary Caye and family my heart hurts for you right now and I wish I could take all the pain your feeling away. I will always remember John Wasche as a very lovely man who loved his granddaughters deeply. May the next few days bring you peace and the memories bring you joy. With all our love.

Mary Kay,

My thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with you and Jack when I brought Katherine down for a visit. My only regret is that we put off making the last visit we had planned because other things kept getting in the way. My daughter, Melissa, enjoyed visiting with Jack as well when we stopped by. He showed so much interest when he was questioning her about her police work. You were always such a gracious host & hostess. I know...

Mary Caye, I am so sorry to learn of John's death..I am still in Florida, or you would be hearing from me and seeing me in person..,Know that I am thinking of you with deepest sympathy, my friend..May God bless and comfort you..Ramona

To Mary Catherine and family we extend our sympathy on the death of your loved one, Jack. It was always a pleasure to greet and serve you on your regular visits for lunch or dinner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate his life.

When I first met John, at age 19 yrs., he scared me to death with his lions roar, being the successful trial attorney he was. I would learn over the years about his heart of gold. He taught me many valuable lessons by the way he lived his life and how he cared for his family as well as others, sometimes total strangers. The most valuable lesson he taught me was how to laugh at myself and not to take life so seriously. I am forever grateful for the wonderful Grandfather he has been to my two...

I will miss you uncle Jack, it is hard to have some people pass away as they have alway's been there and now they are not, seem's like yesterday that I would talk to you at your mom's place in Perham, you were alway's nice to me Jack and I rember that. I will miss you