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Jackson Eugene Calhoon


February 17, 2021

Jackson Eugene Calhoon, 87, of Wilton, WI, passed away at home surrounded by his family, Sunday, February 14, 2021. Born November 1, 1933, to Hazel and warren Calhoon, he was one of ten children.

He graduated from LaFarge High School in 1951. After graduation he left the family farm and moved to Janesville, WI, to find employment. He started working for Kresgue’s Department Store. That is where he met Muriel Hanke, his wife of 68 years. They were married on July 26, 1952 and had five children, Gary, Marilyn, Robin, Kimberly and Herbert.

Jack was hired at Fisher Body (GM) in 1953. He was a proud member of the United Auto Workers Union Local #95. He was elected to the Executive Board as Recording Secretary in 1968. In 1971 he was elected as 1st Vice President and held that position until 1981. He retired in 1983 and moved his wife and two youngest children to Ontario, WI.

Jack loved the outdoors and was an avid trout fisherman. He also enjoyed hunting and trapping. Jack took many trips to Hayard, WI, deer hunting with his brothers and nephews. In the spring every year he hunted morel mushrooms and in the fall many hours were spent looking for ginseng. Jack’s other favorite hobby was going to casinos.

He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather. He was well respected by family and friends. Jack never spoke badly about anyone or got too excited unless politics came up for discussion. He will be forever missed.

Jack is survived by his wife of 68 years, Muriel of Wilton; children, Gary (Faith) Calhoon of Warsaw, IN, Marilyn “Joey” Dodson of Ontario, WI, Robin (Steve) Sainsbury of Wisconsin Dells, WI, Kimberly (Dennis Selhausen) Bly of Milton, WI, and Herbert (Tina) Calhoon of Cashton, WI; a sister, Bessie McElhose of Ontario; 50 plus, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Hazel; three brothers, Keith, Dennis and James; five sisters, Bernice Osgood, Loraine Schmitz, LaVon Sheldon, Leona Paulson and Rose Phelps.

Private family funeral services are being planned. Family and friends are invited for visitation Friday, February 19, 2021, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at The Torkelson Funeral Home in Ontario, WI. Burial will be held at a later date in the Billings Creek Cemetery. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Ontario is assisting the family with arrangements.

Keeping our families and community safe is important to us, therefore, we ask that those in attendance please wear a mask at all times. Masks will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at


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