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John Oscar (Jack) Wallschlaeger

John Oscar (Jack) Wallschlaeger

Pequot Lakes

John Oscar (Jack) Wallschlaeger, 81, passed away suddenly on April 21, 2013. 

Jack was born and raised in La Crosse, Wis., worked for Honeywell/Alliant Tech Systems for 35 years while living in Edina, Minn., and retired to Pequot Lakes, Minn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Judy; one daughter, Julie (Michael) O’Brien of St. Paul, Minn.; one son, Steve (Jeannie) Wallschlaeger of Edina; a sister, LoAnn Ramlo of Fargo, N.D.; and four grandchildren, Nika, Marena (Wallschlaeger) and Fred, Sam (O’Brien).

A giant in the science of the environment and water quality, Jack filled his retirement focusing on environmental stewardship and assessing and managing the natural resources of the Whitefish Chain, the Pine River Watershed, Crow Wing and Cass county lakes. He authored multiple papers on water quality and helped design the water sampling regiment. He was president of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association and continued to serve on the board until his passing. Jack was recognized by Minnesota Waters, was an appointee of the Crow Wing Board of Adjustment and a director for the Crow Wing EPA.

A memorial service took place at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Edina) at 11 a.m. April 25, and a celebration of life was held at noon May 5 at the Ideal Community Center in Pequot Lakes. 

Memorials are preferred to Land and Waters Trust at the Initiative Foundation, 405 First St. S.E., Little Falls, MN 56345.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.