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Jack D. McDermott, age 68, passed away peacefully after a courageous three year battle with melanoma surrounded by his family on March14, 2017. He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, on November 27, 1948, the son of John K. and Dorothy L. (Gay) McDermott. He was a 1967 graduate of Walsh Catholic High School in Ottumwa, Iowa. He proudly enlisted in the Army in 1968, serving for three years, with a one year tour in Vietnam.
Jack and Sandra J. Miley were united in marriage on June 8, 1968 in Ottumwa, Iowa. He began his lifelong career at JCPenney at the age of 16, until retiring as Presentation Manager in 2009. He was a 42 year member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Madison, where he served as maintenance coordinator for 4 years after leaving JCPenney. His ability to create and envision useful and meaningful woodworking projects led him to enjoy endless hours in his workshop. He loved watching and attending Badger and Brewers games with his family. Jack took a lot of pride in his yard and appearance of his home, which served as a place for many memorable family gatherings. Jack enjoyed spending time with family and meeting new friends at their Northwoods cabin in Minocqua the past three years.
Jack will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 49 years, Sandy; his children, Laurie A. (Rich) Lewandowski, and Chad M. (Denise) McDermott; his granddaughters, Shelby Lewandowski, Samantha and Riley McDermott; his brother, Dennis (Deb) McDermott; his mother-in-law, Dolores Miley; his sister-in-law, Debbie Ashby; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth McDermott; his father-in-law, Robert Miley; and his brother-in-law, Glenn Ashby.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Arbaje, Dr. Weber, and the entire staff at Dean Oncology, the staff at Turville Bay and Agrace HospiceCare for their exceptional care of Jack and his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017, at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., with Msgr. Charles Schluter presiding. A luncheon will follow Mass at the church. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., and also from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church on Monday.
To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Published on March 16, 2017
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