John Anthony Marquardt, age 69, died on December 17, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
He was born July 23, 1951, to the late Walter and Irma (Holtz) Marquardt. He lived on the home farm for his entire life and was the fourth generation to farm there.
He graduated from Wausau High School in 1969, and then went on to complete the UW-Madison Farm Short Course. He ran a dairy farm for over 20 years, and then worked for the Village of Maine on the road crew for 20 years. He also volunteered for the Maine Fire Department for many years.
John loved people and loved hearing their stories. He loved to sing and to listen to polkas. He was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church of Maine, where he sang in the choir. He rang the bells on Sundays and accompanied the youth to a Youth Gathering in New Orleans. He helped welcome the companion synod visitors from Rietpan, South Africa, and visited there in 2013. He taught Sunday School, enjoyed Bible studies and really loved going to worship.
He was active in his community, including the Children’s Museum, welcoming students to tour his farm, helping campaign for political events, and even riding his bike in the community to spread flyers. He followed all Packer games and other teams as well. He loved his family, his community, and his church.
He is survived by three sisters, Virginia (Gerhard) Kirsch, Katy (Dieter) Harle, and Helen (Jim) Skindlov; two brothers, Stephen (Lynn) Marquardt, and Joel (Marion) Marquardt; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family appreciates the care and skill of the Aspirus Cardiac doctors and their team.
A celebration of life will take place this summer after the pandemic. You may leave messages and condolences for his family at helke.com.
Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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