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John W. Antonuk, age 83, of Three Lakes, died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, after a brief illness.

John was born on April 27, 1930, in Hiles, Wis.

His early education was in Hiles. After graduating from Crandon High School, John attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an intelligence officer during the Korean War.

After his service he returned to college at McKen­dree University, where he earned a degree in math and English.

During his working career John had various jobs, but ultimately found that teaching was his calling. Most of his teaching career was at Three Lakes High School where he taught math, science and English.

He introduced his passion for poetry and his love of nature into his teaching. His educational philosophy was that knowledge without wisdom was barren and meaningless. This was illustrated by the fact that all his exams included the question, “How many petals are there on a wild rose?”

After retirement in 1993, John continued to help students by tutoring and volunteering at the school. It warmed his heart when former students thanked him for being such a great teacher and having such a profound influence on their lives.

John was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally, with whom he had two sons, John and Daniel.

John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth (Annie) Reiser; his two sons, John (Kim Kortenhof) of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Daniel (Cathy Kruschke) of Madison, Wis.; three grandsons, John, Peter and Adam, also of Madison; and one brother, Jack, of Rhinelander.

A memorial service will be held in June. Details will be published when they are final­ized. Memorials may be directed to The Salvation Army.


Tuesday, January 07, 2014 1:45 PM

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