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John Phillip

John Phillip Vircks

John Vircks was born to the late William and Rosetta Vircks on May 31, 1932, in the Town of Deer Creek, Taylor County, Wis. On May 18, 1957, John was married to Betty Messmann and together in 1960 they owned and operated AAA Septic Tank Cleaning Company, was charter president of Wisconsin Liquid Waste Carriers Association (WLWCA), developed a certification program for WLWCA, and received a lifetime achievement award from the National Pumpers Association. Lately, John was an active member of St. Peter’s, Milwaukee, Wis., and assisted Karen (Burmese) refugees including teaching English as a second language.

He is preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Rebecca, brother, William (late Alene) Vircks, and sister, Nancy Pransky.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Shelley (Mark) Mattes; Thomas Vircks; Jody Vircks; Cheryl (Allan) Luttinen; Joshua Vircks; grandchildren, Rachel, Lauren, and Joseph Mattes; Cory and Cassidy Luttinen; and Sieana Pleester; siblings, Marge (Don) Gebert; Roseanne (Fred) Gebert; Dan (Peg) Vircks; Goldie (Les) Kissel; Paul (Judy) Vircks; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation Monday, October 20th, at ST. PETER EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1205 S. 8th St., from 3-5PM, followed by the funeral service at 5PM. Private interment in Stetsonville, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church are appreciated.

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Elva Brecke Larson

Our sympathy to Betty and all the Vircks family. I knew Jack in our younger years growing up at Stetsonville. And got reacquainted in later years.
Norman and Elva Brecke Larson

Gwen vircks

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Cheryl Vircks Luttinen

My Dad taught me the value of working hard and helping others. From little on he was hardly ever home because he worked long hours. When I was maybe about 8, I got the chance to go on a road trip with him… the Dragon Wagon. I swear we ruled the road. That huge, orange truck with the tires as tall as my Dad. He was respected by so many. I never got the chance to tell him that he made a difference in my life. He just had that way. Love & miss you Dad.

Mark J Mattes

I first met Dad in March of 1980, when Shelley and I started dating. He made me feel welcome in their home and didn’t mind me marrying his eldest daughter 🙂 We never spent a lot of time together while we were working, but lately he appreciated the chance to shoot the breeze over an iced vodka.


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