John J. "Jack" McCoy
McCoy, John J. "Jack" John James McCoy died peacefully at his Egg Harbor home and joined his beloved wife Ruthie on June 18, 2012. Jack is survived by his children, Suzy (David Boerke) of Milwaukee, WI, John, Jr. (FaithAnn) of Sturgeon Bay, WI; and his grandchildren Christopher Boerke and Nicholas Boerke. Jack was born on December 21, 1919. He grew up in Whitefish Bay, WI. After graduating from Whitefish Bay High School and Kenyon College he attended the Harvard Business School. During his stay at Harvard he was called to serve his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in WWII serving on the Pacific front and fighting at Guadalcanal. Jack loved his country and was a true patriot, known in his later years for donating numerous "tall" flagpoles and "large" flags for public buildings and harbors in the Egg Harbor area. Jack married Ruth (Lange) in 1944 and they celebrated 56 wonderful years of life together. Jack began and ended his career working for Charter Manufacturing Co., starting out in 1946 as an executive at the Mellowes Company, one of its Milwaukee subsidiaries. He worked for most of those years reporting to Charles Mellowes his greatly respected boss and good friend and took great pride in watching the company grow under Charles' son John. He enjoyed curling and helped lead the transition of the historic Milwaukee Curling Club to Mequon Wisconsin while he was president. "Captain Jack", as he was often called, was an avid sailor and served as commodore of the Ephraim Ephraim Yacht Club. He also helped found the Egg Harbor Yacht Club, becoming its first commodore. He loved his Flying Scott sailboat named after his mother "Laura". He won most of his races and mentored many fledgling sailors in his boat. He also enjoyed golf, tennis and especially traveling the world with Ruthie. Jack treasured his retirement years at his home in Egg Harbor, WI "where the eagles fly and the sailboat pass by". Over the years he and Ruthie enjoyed their many wonderful Door County friends and were also visited often by many beloved friends and family from Milwaukee. The family wishes to thank the team of caregivers from Unity Health and express our most heartfelt thanks to Holly Runquist who served as Jack's respected nurse, counselor and friend though out his illness. There will be a private family ceremony to say goodbye to our "Captain Jack." Memorials may be given to the organization or charity of your choice in Jack's Memory. Online condolences may be offered at: www.caspersonfuneralhome.com
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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jun. 21, 2012.
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Jack was a very well respected and highly regarded neighbor. He will be missed. T.C. and Linda Johnson
June 25, 2012
It was a pleasure to serve as Ephraim Yacht Club Director under Jack's guidance as Commodore. I am saddened to hear of his passing but am consoled by fond memories. My condolences and best wishes to Jack's family.
Brian Chase
June 24, 2012
We send our sympathy to all Jack's family and to his friends. It was our pleasure to know him through the Ephraim Yacht Club and we enjoyed his friendship very much. He was so enthusiastic in everything he did, and was willing to help anywhere. When it was time for us to begin interviewing members for the writing of the Ephraim Yacht Club's history, Jack was one of our early interviews. He invited us to have lunch and do the interview at that time. We shouldn't have been surprised to discover that he came with a typewritten agenda of all the things he wanted to tell us! He was so helpful, supplying us with several boxes of really old documents and EYC papers that he had saved. These proved invaluable. We respected him greatly and will miss him very much. George and Linda Carey
June 23, 2012
Love you dad

John Jr
John Mccoy Jr
June 22, 2012
Love you dad

John Jr
June 22, 2012
I was so very sorry to hear about your loss of Captain Jack. I have many wonderful memories of both Jack and Ruth from our many travels. They were both game for anything and a wonderful addition to any group. Also their many hours spent supporting the EYC and cheering for all of the sailors will never be forgotten. Thank goodness that memories never die! We will miss Jack as we do Ruth. They were the BEST! Martha Sauter
June 21, 2012
Jack was a great friend to me and George. I am so sorry for your loss and send prayers for many happy memories. A donation to Make-A-Wish has been made in Jack's name. God Bless. Elizabeth Roska
June 21, 2012