Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Dec 06, 1934
Died on May 25, 2017 and resided in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
John Alvin Molitor, a faith-filled, humble, servant to all, entered eternal life on May 25, 2017. His love, respect, perseverance, and leadership left the indelible marks of a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, servant leader, and friend to all those he met. His kind demeanor, sense of humor, humility, and respect provided comfort and welcome.
John was born in Sheboygan, WI on December 6, 1934 to the late Peter and Mary (Felzman) Molitor. He attended St. Peter Claver and St. Clement’s Catholic Elementary Schools. He received his high school diploma as a graduate from St. Francis Minor Seminary in 1953.
John served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957, stationed at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He “got his sea legs” while sailing aboard the Destroyer USS Perkins DDR 877, serving in the Far East, and holding the rank of Electrician’s Mate Second Class.
Upon discharge, John attended the University of Wisconsin Extension while entering the civilian workforce by being employed by Piggly Wiggly, and later Loeffler Machine Company.
In 1960, John found his calling by joining the Sheboygan Fire Department. His tireless labor and dedication to serving citizens of Sheboygan through fire protection resulted in promotions and recognition. John served as a Lieutenant, developing and implementing educational and training programs, resulting in landmark changes to firefighting methods. His later promotions to Battalion Chief of Administration and Fire Chief resulted in continued positive change in firefighting and fire prevention through education, training, and inspection programs. He was diligent in protecting the firefighters from unnecessary danger through these efforts, as well as providing appropriate facilities and equipment.
John extended his dedication to firefighting by providing service to the Milwaukee Fire Department, working with the Fire and Police Commission. In addition, John served as an instructor for Lakeshore Technical College (LTC), teaching courses such as Fire Suppression Systems and Management.
John has been recognized for his service to the community. He received the Firefighter of the Year Award in 1977 from the State of Wisconsin. He was an honorary member of the International Association of Firefighters Local #483, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association, The Sheboygan County Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Retired Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin.
John was a member of St. Dominic’s Congregation, Knight’s of Columbus #722, Sheboygan Elk’s Lodge #299, Elk’s National Foundation, V.F.W. Lodge 9156, Sheboygan County Historical Society, Sheboygan County Research Center, and was a 37-year member of Local #95 AFM Musicians Union.
John had a passion for music. His exceptional guitar skills, acquired through a keen ear and gift of natural music ability, entertained countless people through solo and band performances. He always aspired to be able to play guitar as well as Les Paul.
Above and beyond all of John’s accomplishments and awards, is his most precious and beloved wife, Ruth Ann (Mueller) Molitor. They were married on August 26, 1978 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheboygan, WI. John and Ruth were inseparable. Ruth served as his “Roadie” when he performed at the Elk’s Club or other venue. They enjoyed traveling, often selecting unordinary Bed & Breakfast experiences, such as a night in a jail cell. John’s most memorable trip was to the Holy Land.
John is survived by his wife, Ruth, and four sons and daughters-in-law: Jerome (Linda) Molitor of Belgium, WI, Kenneth (Lori Kay) Molitor of Sheboygan, Peter (Beth) Molitor of Sheboygan, and Joseph (Mary Beth) Molitor of Kiel; grandchildren: Jennifer (Nicholas) Whitford, Paul (fiancé Brandi Speer) Molitor, Matthew Molitor, Morgan Molitor, Pasha Molitor, Serjey Molitor, Marissa Molitor, and Benjamin Molitor; great-grandchild: Eowyn Whitford, Steward and Brajae Speer; brother and sisters-in-law: Devora Molitor of St. Paul, MN, Betty (Wilmer) Buechel of Marytown, Delores Halbach of New Holstein, Robert (Marie) Mueller, Donald Mueller, and David Mueller of Chilton, and countless nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Agnes (Arthur) Menchak, Germaine (George) Speckmann, and infant Rogene Molitor, and his brother, Kilian Molitor. He is also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Doris and Edward Roehrig, and Alois Halbach, Jr. Finally, John was preceded in death by his good buddy and faithful dog, Nikki.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for John on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 2136 N. 21st St., Sheboygan. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the Firefighter Honor Guard present and will continue at church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery with military rites being provided by V.F.W. Post 9156.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, especially Nurse Jayne, for their compassion, service, dedication, and loving care.
A memorial for Sharon S. Richardson Hospice has been established in John’s name.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.reinboldfh.com.
Visitation: Tuesday May 30, 2017, 4-7 p.m. at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday May 31, 2017, 11 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church
Visitation: Wednesday May 31, 2017, 9-11 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church
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