I only knew Jack in 1977-8, when I spent time at my boyfriend's house and Jack as always hanging around. My boyfriend was Randy Gensler and he and Jack had a great friendship dispite the age difference (about 9 years). I came across a photo of the two just a couple days before I heard about Jack's passing, and I smiled, remembering that spirited 13 year old who was so funny and full of character. No wonder Randy liked that kid! Randy died a year later in a car accident. I'm so glad to learn that Jack went on to have a life full of love.
We all hold pictures in our minds and hearts of Jack. I remember the day he was born-what joy. His visits to Al and I on his way to the airport. Mostly his loving care for our Mother making all our loads a little lighter. He rests in Heaven in the arms of our Lord.
Jack I'm so sorry I didn't get to see you lately. You always had a good memory for the "old" days. When we were kids I always thought your family was so lucky to live next door to Hahn's Bowling Alley. Funny what kids think is important. Heaven has a new D.J. Blessings!
I will always remember my "little cousin" with the gleam in his eye, the grin on his face, and the quick retort! He had a devilish sense of humor and a caring heart.
Oh uncle jack, where do i even start. We had such a special bond and friendship. You were my go-to guy. Even if we hadn't talked for awhile, the laughs we had when we were together i wont ever forget. I am grateful i got to ride this horrible roller coaster by your side every day. I'm glad we got to watch a few more NASCAR races together before your time was up. I'm grateful i got to hold your hand for hours and hours on your last day with us. Although you told me this often, thank YOU for being MY breath of fresh air. I love you and I'll see you again someday. and tell grandma i say hi.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jack's family and friends during this time of sorrow.
I will miss my friend Jack. We had some great times back in the day. I practically lived at his house all through High School. One time Jack got mad at me for drinking all the Kool-aid, so I went to grocery store and bought the largest box of grape flavored Kool-aid they had. There was probably grape Kool-aid in the house when he sold it 30 years later. When he moved down to Florida after his Mom passed, Jack told me if I brought any grape Kool-aid any where near him he would shoot me. I believe he meant it. Goodbye Jack and Godspeed my Friend.
I left Wisconsin in 1972 - Jack was only 8 years old. I visited annually while our mother was alive. Jack was a great companion to mother in the years
she couldn't get around. He always had a smile on his face and he loved his music and his cats. May he find peace in heaven.
My memories, like Mike McDonald mentions in an earlier comment, begin way back in high school and millions of hours on Erb street with Jack. The music, TV, all of us, lots of smoke, tons of laughter and the famous Dee (guardian of the Kool-aid) Kohl!!! Really, those were the days!
Over the years, Jack and I always had a heart connection but went in and out of life phases and contact. Many boat trips together with friends, sharing the northern lights riding across the lake with Pink Floyd, time in nature and fun in the sun. Somehow, every time we would catch-up it inevitably ended in Jacks hair getting shorter. I cut that mans hair in the woods, on a beach, in a parking lot, a car and of course a zillion kitchen cuts... he always needed it! Whenever there was contact, there was laughter and a sharing of memories. Regardless of anything else, there was MUSIC!!! The past several days it feels like Jack is everywhere! Since when do they play Michael Jackson on the "Jazz" radio station? (thanks Jack, we hear you :)
I had the opportunity to see Jack at Manor Care, with Sally Stark just weeks ago and although we woke him when we entered his room and I hadn't seen him in 10years, we were lucky enough to share some great memories, talk about the "old days" the "golden days" and the now-a-days! I am so happy to have had that hour with him.
Thanks for the memories, the laughter, love, happiness and tears! Thanks for the music, that kept so many of us connected over the years! Always connected by heart. Godspeed my friend, Peace!