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. John Richard Ihde (1929 - 2012) .

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. April 16, 2012 .
. Green Bay Press-Gazette .

John Richard Ihde, age 82, of Oconto, entered into his Lord's rest on
Saturday, April 14, after a brief illness with cancer. John was born on May
23, 1929 to the late John A. and Lillie Ihde. John was blessed with a long,
healthy & active life, raising a large family and enjoying the land with his
wife, Charlotte, of 58 years.

John graduated from Oconto High School in 1947. He first met his bride,
Charlotte Fay Draeger, while on horseback; they enjoyed competing in horse
shows together and were both talented western riders. They were wed on May
30, 1953. John built the house on the dairy farm where they raised their six
children: John, Laura, Virginia, Penny, David & Tina. He lived to enjoy his
24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

John was involved in many community activities, service groups and
leadership positions including the Oconto School Board, NFO (National
Farmers Organization), 4-H, the former Trinity Lutheran Church, First
American Lutheran Church and many others.

John retired in 1993 and remained active throughout his later years. He
loved to fish and camp with Charlotte; they attended folk music festivals,
where she would often join in. He liked to spend time in his workshop and
out in the woods with his 4-wheeler & chainsaw. He shot pool, played cards,
bingo at McDonalds, enjoyed campfires, large family picnics, making the
rounds in his pick up truck (often with his dog) and most of all "talking
smart." John lived a life marked by generosity, honesty, hard work and
common sense. He had a keen sense of humor, a diverse breadth of knowledge
(particularly with building and fixing things) and a great love and devotion
for his family.

John was the youngest of four children. He is preceded in death by his
parents, brother Raymond and step-mother Veronica Ihde. He is survived by
his sisters Carol (Leo) Dumke, of Peshtigo and Glendora Hoeper of Neenah.
John is survived by his wife, Charlotte of 58 years and six children: John
(Tama) Ihde of Suamico; Laura (David) Olson of Lena; Ginny (Steve) Parker of
Portland, OR; Penny (Eric) Seaberg of Middleton, WI; David (Renee) Ihde of
Minneapolis, MN; and Tina (John) Heimerman of Green Bay. John is survived by
24 grandchildren: McKenna Ihde, Carli Ihde, Natalee Ihde; Daniel (Hannah)
Olson, Bethany (Nelson) Brubaker, Leah Olson, Johanna (Marcus) Zimmerman,
Sara Olson, Kristina Olson, John Olson, Lydia Olson; Jessica (Nate) Bell,
Luke Parker, John Parker, Joseph Parker; Anna Seaberg, Stina Seaberg, Britta
Seaberg; Tony (Jenny) Hessberg, Ian Ihde, Evan Ihde, Emily Ihde; Alex
Heimerman, Bennett Heimerman; and 13 great-grandchildren. John is also
survived by a large extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews. John
will be greatly missed by family and a multitude of friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home,
Oconto, from 4 to 8 PM Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Visitation will continue on
Wednesday, April 18 from 10 to 11 AM at the First American Lutheran Church,
Oconto. Memorial services will be conducted 11 AM Wednesday at the church
with the Rev. Mary Zupansic officiating. The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto,
is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to the very loving and caring
staff members of Unity Hospice.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to First American Lutheran Church
or Bread By the Bay food pantry.