Jack Walter Windsor, 87, entered eternal life May 24, 2024. Jack was born in Black River Falls June 30,1936, to his late parents, Walter and Frances (Frerking). He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 62 years, Patricia (Klassy), whom he married Feb. 24, 1962, in New Glarus, WI. He is the loving father of Heather (Dirk) Mlachnik, Sean (Bobbi Jo) and Brent (Michele) and grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Gary (Pam), and many more loving relatives and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas.

     Jack attended Black River Falls High school and joined the Army in 1959 before embarking upon his career as a heavy equipment operator who traveled Wisconsin building roads throughout the state. He worked for Millis Brothers Ford Garage, Ryan Brothers Construction and finally, Hoffman Construction, where he spent over 50 years operating a bulldozer and eventually retiring. 

     He met Patsy (as he called her) while she was waitressing in New Glarus, WI, and often joked about making her scoop ice cream for him, so she had to bend over the freezer. He ate many meals at the Alpine Cafe so that he could spend more time with her. Upon returning to Black River Falls, he would travel south to UW-Platteville to visit Pat who was studying to be a teacher. Eventually, they married, and they would ultimately return to Black River Falls to settle down and raise their family.  

     Throughout their life together, they loved to camp and during the summer, Pat and the kids would join Jack wherever he was working and set up home base, first in a makeshift truck-bed camper, eventually upgrading to trailers and motorhomes. Jack loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and four-wheeling as well as spending time at the casino. He was a die-hard FORD man until he won a shiny new red Dodge Ram truck at the casino and drove that for many years. You can still see it around Black River as he recently sold it to a local.

     His love of hunting fostered many great gatherings at the Windsor house during opening deer hunting weekend for family and extended family to share stories and camaraderie. He loved being surrounded by family and sharing his love of hunting and fishing. 

     Upon retirement, they kicked their camping adventures into high gear, traveling west to Idaho several times to spend time with Brent and Michele and traveling north to Canada and everywhere in between, often with Gary and Pam or Pat’s sister, Heidi, and brother-in-law, Ron.  

     Jack was always “larger than life” and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.  

     A memorial luncheon and celebration of life was held at Skyline Golf Course Saturday June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where stories and memories of Jack were shared.

     In lieu of flowers, donations to Black River Falls Interfaith Services would be appreciated.

     The Buswell Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements, 715-284-2231.

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