John W. Wachs Jr., age 56, of Fremont, Wis., died unexpectedly in a boating accident on Lake Poygan on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
He was born on March 2, 1965, in Menomonee Falls, Wis., the son of John and Joanne (Etscheid) Wachs.
In 1983, John graduated from Chetek High School and went on to attend Fox Valley Tech in Appleton, Wis., to study diesel mechanics. He then began his career working at Appleton Spring and Brake, which then led to a long-time job at Quality Truck Care Center in Appleton. After his son, Justin, was born, John decided to slow down and he took a job as a service technician at Earth Sense Energy Systems in Dale, Wis. John met and worked with many wonderful people, but training new techs was a high point for him. John’s love of all things mechanical was evident by the large shop he had at his home. Everyone gravitated to “The Shop,” including the kids that found a place to work on projects or just hang out. This led to many adventures as well as misadventures. John had as much fun, if not more fun than the kids doing things that made for some great stories.
The greatest love of his life was his son, Justin. After he was born, John’s life was never the same. His life was Justin. As between fathers and sons, they butted heads, but there was never a deeper love than the love he had for Justin.
John is survived by his wife, Kim; his son, Justin; his mother, Joanne Barlament, formerly of Chetek, and now living in Tavaras, Fla.; his father, John Wachs Sr., of Plano, Texas; his sister, Pamela Bennett, of New Port Richey, Fla.; his brother, Kevin Wachs, of Calera, Ala.; step-sister, Cathie (John) Krumenacher, of Brookfield, Wis.; brother-in-law, David Scott, of Chetek; aunt, Judy Beer, of Lawrence, Kan.; nephew, Skylar Wachs, of Calera, Ala.; two cousins, Tony (Andrea) Beer, of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Scott (Sarah) Beer, of Lawrence; and his entire shop family.
A farewell send-off will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021, from 1–4 p.m. at the family residence, 7611 CTH H, Fremont. The send-off will also include a vehicle trip through the neighborhood in honor of John.