John Persha, age 97, of Horicon, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Mossflower Harbour, in Mayville.
The visitation will be at Murray Funeral Home on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. There will also be a visitation at St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at church on Saturday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Daniel Seehafer officiating. Burial will be at Oakhill Cemetery in Horicon with military honors provided by the Horicon American Legion Post #157.
John Persha was born on October 21, 1913 on the family farm in Iron Ridge, to Frank and Helen (Sertich) Persha. He entered the US Army during WWII and was honorably discharged on August 21, 1945. Later that year, on December 8, he was united in marriage with Florence (Oestrich) Persha at St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon. John was a mechanic for the Dodge County Highway Department for many years. He was known as the fix it man in his neighborhood, especially when it came to working on small engines. He enjoyed deer hunting in Wisconsin”s north woods with his son and grandson up until he was 95. John was also a volunteer at Bethesda for many years. After his wife died in 1985, a friend introduced him to a new passion which was dancing. He would go to Fond du Lac three times a week to dance and continued to do so until 2008. John was a long time member of St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon.
Survivors are his son, Thomas (Cindy) of Horicon, grandchildren, Tammy (Tyler) Kuehl of Lebanon, and Todd (Vicki) of Oconomowoc, five great grandchildren, Dante, Taylor, and Stephany Kuehl, and Colton and Zachary Persha, sisters, Catherine Butina of La Crosse, Mary Gittel of Hartford, and Helen Roggenbauer of Beaver Dam, brother, Steve of Mayville, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers, Mike, Nick, Walter, Dan and Emil, and sisters, Rose Hechimovich, and Lucille Fetzer.
The family suggests that memorials be made in John Persha”s name to St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church, 505 Palmatory St., Horicon, WI, 53032.
The Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is caring for the family. To leave online condolences or for directions and other information, please view our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Friday, March 4th, 2011, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 5th, 2011, 10:00am – 11:00am
Saturday, March 5th, 2011, 11:00am
Oak Hill Cemetery-Horicon