Obit: Rand, Jack Willard (1936 - 2009)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Rand, Finch, Pischke, Schade, Romens,
Babcock, Howard, Mohr
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) December 16, 2009
Rand, Jack Willard (18 June 1936 - 13 December
2009) With Flag
Jack Rand, 73, of Neillsville died Sunday, Dec.
13, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital,
Jack Willard Rand was born at home June 18, 1936,
in the Town of Melrose, the son of Floyd and Beulah (Finch)
Rand. He attended Shake Hollow and Melrose Elementary School
and graduated from Melrose High School in 1954. He entered into the
United States Army Nov. 3, 1954. He served his second year of
enlistment in England and twice earned the soldier of the month
award. He was honorably discharged from the Army Oct.
31, 1956. Jack was united in marriage June 1, 1957, to Janet
Pischke; they later divorced. Jack held various jobs in the
area but eventually began farming in Melrose and co-owned an
insurance agency with his brother, DeLayne, in Ettrick. In
1981, Jack sold his share of the insurance agency to DeLayne and
bought a truck line to haul cattle. He moved to Neillsville
in 1982 and worked for Mid-West Livestock Producers in
Granton. Later, he worked for the Clark County ASCS office at
the courthouse in Neillsville.
Jack loved livestock; often he would go for rides
in the country and judge the cattle from the road. He also
loved gardening and would turn an ordinary backyard into a
masterful garden. Jack liked to visit with people and made
friends usually for life, wherever he went.
is survived by a son, Jay (Julie) Rand, and their children, Lee and
Lindsey, all of Placerville, CA; a daughter, Joleen (Randy) Schade
and their child, Alyssa, of Colby; a special friend from
Neillsville, Carole Romens, and her family; a brother, DeLayne
(Rose) Rand of Ettrick; a sister, Janet (Merlin) Babcock of
Dimondale, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arnold and
Dennis; and a sister, Marian Howard.
Memorial Service for Jack will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19,
2009, at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor
James Mohr will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Christ. Military
honors will be afforded by the Neillsville Veterans Council with
Jack’s brother, DeLayne, presenting the
In the garden of our hearts, memories remain
to inspire us and to remind us of the beauty we have shared with
someone so special. Author Unknown
Online condolences may be made at
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Jack’s family with funeral arrangements.
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