John W. Bertelson, 86, Plover, passed away Sunday May 31, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield.
In honor of his life, a visitation with family members will begin 10 am Saturday June 20, 2015 at Shuda Funeral Home, Plover, followed by a memorial service at 1 PM.
John was born in the Town of Merton, WI, the son of John A. and Grace B. (King) Bertelson. His father passed away when John was only 15 months old. John grew up in Stone Bank (Oconomowoc), WI. After graduating from Hartland High School, he worked at Waukesha Motors until he entered the U. S. Air Force in 1950. John served his country four years, with three of those years in Germany working as a radio operator early in the Cold War.
After service, John and his fiancé Marcella were married in Madison, WI. They moved to Chicago, where he enrolled in electronics training at DeVry Technical Institute and completed sixteen certified programs with high achievement. He obtained employment with Univac, one of the first producers of computer systems. John worked thirty years servicing computer systems while living in St. Paul, Chicago, Racine, Madison and finally Central Wisconsin in 1972. He was a Systems Specialist for a new installation of computer equipment at Consolidated Paper in Wisconsin Rapids.
While in Racine, John was blessed with two sons, first John Jr. followed by James. With his family complete, he did what he could to make sure that they had every opportunity to do well in life.
John loved all sports, but he became very involved with ice hockey in the Stevens Point area. He was active with the Iceodrome, including trying to save the facility. He was a founding member of the Pot Belly Hockey League, which helped others enjoy the sport once their more active hockey years had passed. He was one of the charter members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Plover. He was a member of the Plover-Whiting Lions Club, often developing and working their fundraising games during the annual Golden Sands Festival.
After retirement from Univac, John enjoyed working on the Amway business that he had joined several years earlier as a part-time venture. He met many wonderful people while engaging in an opportunity for sales, which had been an interest of his through many other ventures.
John is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years Marcella (Marcy), Plover and their two sons: John Jr. and James, both of Plover, his sister Marian (Bruce) Pfeiffer, Oconomowoc, and several loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Raymond, Oconomowoc, and two sisters: Lorraine Krogmann, Oconomowoc and Jayne Solveson, New Berlin.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com