John Donald Reschke, 80, Valley Falls, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the Holton Community Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 12, 1930, near Falls City, NE, the son of William and Sophie Santo Reschke. He attended school at Fairview, KS. He served as a Sergeant in the US Air Force and was stationed at Edwards AFB in California.
John had been a district salesman for several feed companies. He had managed a Standard DX service station in Hiawatha, worked at JC Penney in Topeka, Ron’s IGA in Holton and for Standard Construction during the building of the Kansas Turnpike.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Valley Falls, a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 6671 and a 4th Degree Knight.
He served on the USD 338 School Board for 12 years and brought smiles to many children portraying St. Nicholas at community Christmas events.
He married Mary Ann Kanaly at Fidelity Church near Sabetha on June 25, 1955. They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. She survives.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald John Reschke, two brothers, Robert and Henry Reschke, and a sister, Ruth Ann Reschke.
Survivors include two sons, Edward (Kathy) Reschke, Spring Hill, Robert (Leann) Reschke, Topeka; a daughter, Annette (Rob) Montgomery, Orlando, FL; two brothers, William Reschke, El Dorado Hills, CA, and Ralph Reschke, Lawrence; two sisters, Mary Cashman, Merriam, and Joan Jurgensmeier, Hiawatha; four grandsons, Ryan and Bradley Reschke and Cameron and Chase Montgomery, and one granddaughter, Sharla Reschke.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Valley Falls. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Augustine (Fidelity) Cemetery south of Sabetha with military honors by Grahem-Herbers Post 3084 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A visitation was held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Building Ramp Fund and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.
Online condolences mercerfuneralhomes.com.
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