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  John R. Gallistel, 84, of Medford, passed away on August 26, 2017 on his birthday, due to natural causes. He was born to Anton and Elizabeth Gallistel on August 26, 1933 on the family farm near Gad.     He served in the Army in Anchorage, Alaska as a military policeman, where he escorted President Eisenhower; he then went to work in Milwaukee at American Motors for two years.  John married Arlene Nezval on June 9, 1962 and took over the family farm; she precedes him in death in 2005. They sold the farm in 1998 and moved to Medford. He went on to do seasonal work for Figgi’s in Marshfield. He later went on to work for the Forestry Department until his retirement.

  In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, traveling, spending time with his family and grandchildren, going out to eat, visiting friends, spending time in the woods, doing fieldwork, and attending church.
  He was the Township of Bern Supervisor, and Board Member of the Medford Co-Op, and member of the VFW and Knights of Columbus.
  John is survived by his daughter, Mary (Kip) Swope of Rib Mountain and three sons Kevin, John M., and Brian (Laura Thums) Gallistel , all of Medford; two grandsons Michael and Alex, both of Rib Mountain. He is further survived by three sisters, Noreen Cywinski of IL, Mary Grant of Schofield , and Donna Faber of Medford.
  In addition to his wife and parents, John is preceded in death by his siblings, Donald, Jim, Bob, and Jeanne.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 29 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father David Nueschwander officiating; burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday August 29 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM

  In lieu of flowers memorials in John’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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