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John K. ‘Jack’ Parcheta

• May 21, 2019 at 12:00 AM

It is with great sadness that we remember the passing of Jack Parcheta, age 78, of Stillwater, Minnesota, and formerly of Grand Haven, Michigan, on April 7, 2019. Jack was vacationing in Steamboat Springs, Colo., when he suffered a massive stroke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ollie Parcheta; and son-in-law, Jeff Scheidt of Steamboat Springs.

He was born Sept. 20, 1940, and graduated from Grand Haven High School. After graduating from General Motors Institute as an engineer and later pursuing a Master’s in Business, Jack worked at 3M Corporation for 35 years, retiring as a marketing director. Upon retirement, he pursued his extracurricular activities with passion. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, flying his own plane, playing the stock market and most of all snow skiing. He instilled his “work hard, play hard” passion on all his family members. In 2005, he suffered a prior stroke, and worked diligently to resume all his activities despite the lingering disability. His strength, valor, persistence and positivity were an inspiration to all.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; daughter, Renee (Michael); son, Dan (Jessica); daughter, Tracy; two granddaughters, Macayla and Lila, whom he dearly loved; and a brother, Jerry Parcheta of Lansing.

A celebration of his life was held April 26 at the Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center in Stillwater.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Denver Hospice or a college fund for his two granddaughters.

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