John M. (1920 - 1938)
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----Sources: Owen Enterprise (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 09/15/1938
Marking, John M. (18 JAN 1920 - 9 SEP 1938)
Funeral services were conducted this afternoon from the Griebenow-Weirich Funeral Parlors for John Marion Marking, 18, who met an accidental death by drowning last Friday. Rev. W.L. Anderson of Curtiss officiated at the service. Interment was made in the Riverside Cemetery.
John was the victim of drowning where he fell into the swollen waters of Black River last Friday afternoon as he was working with a crew on the Soo Line railway bride, four miles west of Withee (Clark Co., Wis.). His body was recovered from the river at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, after being found by Woodrow Peterson of Withee, a member of the searching party. The body was lying in shallow water about 40 rods south of the Highway 29 bridge, west of Withee, and less than 100 rods from the railroad trestle from which he accidentally fell into the water while working. Searching parties had been seeking the body of the missing youth continuously since the accident.
John, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Marking, was born in Owen in 1920. He attended the Owen Public Schools and was graduated with the class of 1937. Since that time he had lived at home and been employed at various jobs about town. While in school John was outstanding as an athlete. He played basketball and football for three years on the high school teams. He excelled in both of these sports. John was blessed with many acquaintances, his quiet and easy going manner was appealing to everyone; he was always kind and considerate of others.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his parents, eight sisters, Theresa, Geneva, Margaret, Luverne, Dorothy, Harriet, Eunice and Beverly, and one brother, Gordon.
The family and relatives have the deep sympathy of John’s many friends in the great bereavement which unexpectedly has brought great sorrow to their hearts.
Pallbearers at the service were John’s closest friends and associates: Raymond Rogalski, Edwin Bemis, Joseph Olson, Robert Cattanach, Newell and William Wilson.
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