Obit: Abney, Jack (1928 - 2014)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Abney, Buza, Draxler, Fleischmann, Kaiser, McCarthy, Roberts, Yokimcus, Zacharias

----Source: WIGM/WKEB Obituaries (Medford, WI) 12/2/2014

Abney, Jack (20 JAN 1928 - 28 NOV 2014)

Jack Abney, age 86 of Colby, passed away November 29, 2014 at Ministry St Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Jack was born January 20, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in Kentucky. In 1946 he enlisted in the US Army. He served in various locations such as Kansas, Germany, Great Lakes, Illinois, Colorado, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. He was a master paratrooper, infantryman and an ROTC instructor.

During his travels, he met his beautiful bride Kathleen Kaiser, an Army nurse. They met and were married in 1956 and had four children before he retired from the Army in November, 1966. He moved the family to Colby in 1967 and they had three more children. He worked at Hubing Auto Supply until 1987 and then he worked at the Abbotsford Post Office until he retired.

Jack was on the 17th Honor Flight to Washington DC on September 8, 2014. His son Tony had the honor of being his guardian. Dad felt truly honored to spend the day in the company of comrades and heroes.

Jack is survived by Kay, his wife of 58 years and his children: Marie (Francis) Fleischmann of Marshfield; Diana (Mark) Yokimcus of Marshfield, Tony (Bobbi) Abney of Marshfield, Denise (Lonny) Roberts of O’Fallon IL, Anita (Karl) Zacharias of Mondovi, Michelle McCarthy of Wausau, and Joy (John) Draxler of Hewitt.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Eric and Kari Buza, Allison Yokimcus, Nathan, Stepanie, Kaitlyn, Kaleb and Kaci Abney, Sean and Justin Roberts, Jenna and Jacob Zacharias, Dominic McCarthy and Hailey Draxler. Jack is further survived by his step-grandchildren Travis Yokimcus, Chris Fleischmann and Nikki Zacharias. Jack and Kay also had one great-grandchild Olivia Abney and three step great-grandchildren. Jack is further survived by his siblings Ken (Helen) Abney, Glen Abney and Gail DeLeon all of Mt. Vernon, KY and brother-in-law Donald (Marlene) Kaiser, sister-in-law Ruth (Bob) Blume and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a son Andrew, two brothers Virgil and Cecil, in-laws Andrew and Amanda Kaiser, sisters-in-law Mercedes Barr and Betty Abney, and four nephews Gary Abney, James Abney, Casey Blume and Michael Abney.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a man of strong faith. Jack enjoyed the Packers, coffee calls and imparting his wisdom to whomever would listen. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the annual camping trips and our holiday traditions. He will be fondly remembered for his love of family and his quirky sense of humor.

Family and friends are welcome from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, December 2 and again from 10-11 am on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

The services will follow at 11 am. Father Hackel will officiate. Burial with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Colby with his grandchildren as pallbearers.

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