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In Memory of John Affolter


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday January 10, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

John Affolter, age 92 of Wilson, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his daughters on January 5, 2021 at the Park View Home in Woodville. John was born on April 3, 1928 in Stillwater, Minnesota, the youngest of eight children born to Emil and Elsie Affolter. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. John was united in marriage to Margaret Cochran on May 19, 1950, and the couple were blessed with six children. The family lived on a farm south of Baldwin, and John was well known throughout the area. He farmed, raised cattle, hauled milk, and owned and operated John Affolter Trucking and Affolter Excavating. John was honest and hard working. He loved spending time with his family and friends. John loved to tease and have fun with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed watching the Packers and football. John enjoyed woodworking and gave away his creations to family and friends and donated to many benefits.

John will be greatly missed. He will remain in the hearts of his daughters, Pat Van Riper, Mary (Don) Cork, Gloria (John) Traxler, and Linda (Todd) Timm; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Dittman; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by wife, Margaret; son, Ed; infant daughter, Joan; his parents; and six brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI. A private family funeral service will be held. Interment with military honors at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Masks and social distancing are required.

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    • Pat,MaryGloria, and Linda.
      We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. John was a good friend and neighbor. We were very fond of him and Margaret, as well as you girls and Ed. He will be greatly missed by us. May he rest in peace.

      Dale and Mary Ann Lamminen

    • My sympathies to each and every one of you! You had the most incredibly kind and caring dad and you were so blessed, as he was to have you as his family. I can tell by your calls and visits that he instilled the kindness and appreciation for his care in all of you! Thank you for sharing your dad with us to know and love and by doing that, we were all so fortunate to meet all of you. Ellie (our adorable Park View pet) loved sitting with your dad so much and I know John loved her so much too. Please know that our hearts and sympathy are with all of you during this sad time.

    • Patty, Mary, Linda and Gloria,

      Our condolences. John was a good friend to mom and dad. Will always remember his smile and smiling eyes. Remember many a morning watching him pick up cattle to go to S St Paul and later years digging the basement to our first house.

      Bet he is now catching up and sharing stories with dad and Lavern.
      May memories lift you up in the days to come.