Jack A. Weissling, 93, of Oshkosh, passed peacefully at Gabriel’s Villa on December 24, 2022. He was born November 28, 1929, to the late John and Helen Baker Weissling. On July 2, 1954, he married Delores DeJarlais. She preceded him in death on September 21, 2006.
Jack was a Veteran of the US Air Force, proudly serving during the Korean War in Okinawa, Japan. Upon leaving the service, Jack attended the University of Minnesota, studying forestry. It is in Minnesota that he met his loving and devoted wife, Delores.
In 1957, Jack began his 37-year career in the US Forest Service, moving multiple times throughout the years. He retired in Pueblo, Colorado, as Forest Supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, and Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands in 1995. His name can be found on the America the Beautiful monument atop Pikes Peak.
Family and friends were important to Jack. It’s in the US Forest Service that he formed many lifelong friendships, several of whom became like family. Many will fondly remember his beautiful penmanship and witty quips in cards and letters he sent throughout the years.
He was at home outdoors, in the woods and in his yard. He was a talented woodworker and an avid reader, continually learning up until his passing. His grandchildren loved hearing his stories, and the knowledge and wisdom he was always willing to share. He never met a stranger.
Though he tried to “avoid it,” Jack adopted his friend Logan’s cat in his later years. Diego became his best companion – always willing to curl up in his lap for a cuddle or for a tripod-assisted self portrait. He also cared deeply for the birds and other critters he fed religiously in his back yard.
Jack is survived by his children; Patti Weissling, Gary (Connie) Weissling, and Thomas (Kristy) Weissling. Grandchildren; Hallie (Chris), Kelly (Kyle), Jacob, Joshua (Jackie), Justin, and Emily. Great-grandchildren; Mya, Zoey, Lucas, Joelle, and Amaya. And many special friends including Logan, Marsha, and Randy.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, and his sister Janet.
He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Private family services will be held.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Gabriel’s Villa and Moments Hospice for their loving care.
The family is grateful for your kind thoughts and prayers. If you would like to do something above and beyond, please consider a gift to the Jack and Delores Weissling Family Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Contributions can be made online by visiting oshkoshareacf.org/fund and searching for “Weissling”. Donations can also be mailed to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, 230 Ohio St., Ste 100, Oshkosh, WI 54902 (please include Jack’s name). Funds contributed will be used to support charitable nonprofits that were near and dear to Jack and Delores’ hearts.