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.