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John 'Jack' O. LaChance PDF Print E-mail

Lifelong Land O’ Lakes resident, John “Jack” O. LaChance passed away on Nov. 20, 2010.

Jack was born in Land O’ Lakes Nov. 2, 1926, to Oliver LaChance and Lulu LaChance, also lifelong residents of Land O’ Lakes.

After graduation from St. Norbert’s in Green Bay, Wis., Jack served in the Army in Italy during World War II. Upon his return to Land O’ Lakes after the war, Jack married Ruth Sensiba, his devoted wife of 61 years.

He and Ruth operated the family business established by his grandparents, Peter and Mary LaChance, in 1895. Jack operated the family business for a short time only, as Jack’s passion for hunting and fishing quickly turned into a full-time career guiding summer residents and tourists who frequented the family businesses and local resorts.

Jack’s guiding career spanned 66 years, during which he guided three generations of families who became lifelong friends as well as devoted clients.

Jack was known and will be remembered by his family and all those who hunted and fished with him as a man with a strong work ethic and an unrivaled passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors. Every day spent outdoors was always the “best day” of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruth M. LaChance; two sons, John P. (Linda) LaChance of Land O’ Lakes and Thomas H. (Cindy) LaChance of Whitefish, Mont.; two daughters, Merry Lee LaChance of Land O’ Lakes and Lorraine J. (Dan) Thompson of Whitefish; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Lorraine Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held on June 11, 2011, at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes.

Memorials may be sent to Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club or The James Beck Cancer Center.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:24 PM

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