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Obituary for John "Jack" H. Welling
John “Jack” Henry Welling passed away on November 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jack was born July 22, 1934, to Henry and Mabel (Weast) Welling in Minneapolis. During his youth, Jack lived with his parents in Darfur, Minnesota and later in Minneapolis with his sister, Audrey and her family. Jack attended high school at South and Marshal High Schools in Minneapolis.
In the early 1950s his father bought property on Park Drive in Balsam Lake. They built a small cabin on the property and spent many summers there. During one summer, he met his future wife, Norma Ahlgren. They were married on June 16th, 1956, in Frederic, Wisconsin.
After working at Stephens Buick and Witte Transportation in Minneapolis, Jack and Norma purchased Skylite Supper Club in Balsam Lake in January, 1972. Together, Jack and Norma created a prosperous business for loyal local residents as well as cabin owners and tourists. Jack was instrumental in the development of many local events including the Balsam Lake Classic snowmobile races, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and the Balsam Lake Tiddlywinks Championships. After selling Skylite, Jack worked for Alcan in Centuria, Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake, and St Croix Casino in Turtle Lake.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mabel Welling; step-father, Vick Phillipson; nephews, Warren and John Jacobsen.
Jack is survived by his wife, Norma; daughter, Marcia (Brad) Nielsen of Centuria; sons, Michael of Balsam Lake and Matthew of Fort Myers, FL; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Hans and Jonathan Nielsen and Taylor Welling. Also left to mourn are his sisters, Audrey (Herman) Yates of Minneapolis and Murva (Don)Jacobsen of Mound, MN; along with sister-in-law, Myrtle Marschall of Amery; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Jack touched many lives during his life. Please join us on December 2nd at Rowe Funeral Home, 206 Second Ave. East in Luck. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a memorial service at 11a.m. Following the memorial service the family will have a Celebration of Life Gathering at McKenzie Lanes in Centuria.
Online condolences may be left at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center, 715-825-5550.