John (Johann) Otto Rydell, age 87, of Wausau, died March 23, 2011, at Wellington Place.
John was born July 20, 1923, in the town of Hewitt to Carl and Hilma Larson Rydell. On June 2, 1945, he married the love of his life, Shirley Jorgensen, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Aniwa. They shared 59 years of marriage enjoying family, friends and travel.
John took over his father's farm, which he ran for 10 years before joining American Can Company, later James River, from which he retired in 1989. During his retirement John was active in many central Wisconsin groups and organizations, including Sons of Norway, Rib Fjell Lodge, Wausau, Ski for Light, and the Special Olympics cross
country ski program. He especially enjoyed ice skating with his daughter and granddaughters as a member of the Timberline Figure Skating Club. Downhill skiing with his children and grandchildren brought John a great deal of happiness, as well as playing golf with family and friends. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran
Church for 55 years serving on many committees and volunteering as handyman for various projects.
John is survived by his three children, Sandra (Gus) Antonneau of Racine, Beverly (Berland) Meyer of Wausau, and Lars Larry (Mary) Rydell of Green Bay; seven grandchildren: Christopher, Daniel and Thomas Antonneau; Anthony and Aaron Rydell; Jennifer and Julia Meyer; and five great-grandchildren.
He is survived by two sisters, Hilder Rydell Horn, Indiana; Donna (David) Kramer, Wausau, and his friend and dance partner, Charlotte Treager. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, his parents, brothers Leonard and Edwin and brother-in-law Werner Horn, nephews Jack Rydell and John Kramer.
Family and friends may join in celebrating John's life on Saturday, March 26. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams Street, Wausau. Pastor Sean Motley will conduct the funeral service which will begin at 3:00 p.m.
Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wellington Place in Rib Mountain, or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Wellington Place and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com