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“So sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless you in your time of sorrow. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: David Hanke - APPLETON, WI

“Hello to the Reader family, so sorry for your loss at this sad time.Sending prays on this sad day! But I am sure he is looking up his family in...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Rob (Strong) Balderas - WI

“Steve and the rest of the Reader family, so sorry for the loss of your Dad! May John be surrounded by Angels and other family, who have gone to...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Cathy Moran Wales - Marquette, MI

“Having read John's Obituary but never to have met him I was deeply impressed with the love and devotion those who he left behind wrote about him. I...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Del - Menasha

“Rick and Julie and Family: So very sorry for the loss of Rick's father. You all are in our thoughts and prayers each day as you mourn this loss. I...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Mike & Leigh Stormer - Menasha, WI


“Holy ‘Ol Christmas Trees” was a common shout out by John whenever anyone in the family had big news to tell. That type of news came often, as John and loving wife Nancy produced a wonderful family that now numbers 78 - including 8 children, 23 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many spouses. John passed away peacefully with his sons by his side, on January 13, 2018, at the age of 84. He was born in a log home near Rhinelander, WI on March 26, 1933, to Edna & John Reader. Despite a rough childhood and being the ‘man of the house’ to 6 younger sisters and a younger brother, and being raised on a carousel of relatives through his childhood, John grew up quickly and worked hard to be a role model and provider for his family. After marrying his high-school sweet heart Nancy and starting their family in Rhinelander, the family moved to Appleton in 1963. John worked as a lineman and machine operator for Superior Electric for 30 years, enduring year-round outdoor Wisconsin weather through his career. He was a tough person, helping Nancy raise a bossy (but very loving) daughter, 7 stubborn boys and, often traveling on extended work projects, and surviving separate incidents in years past, including a near-fatal heart attack and a crushed jaw in a work accident. Though we all remember the soft side of grandpa. He invented a ‘secret drawer’ with treats that every single grandchild ran to on every visit, finding it quite quickly (maybe because it was painted red and all the other drawers were gray). He loved holding the new grandchildren, and taking older ones on rides in the wagon of the riding lawnmower. And every son or grandson that introduced a new girlfriend was prepared to hear “What’s a pretty girl like you doing with him!?” He never skipped a beat and just loved his large family. John cherished the most simple but meaningful things in life: family get-togethers practically every Sunday, attending thousands of sporting events and cheering for all his children and grandchildren, having Christmas Eve at the house for the family, getting up north to ‘Deer Camp’ each November with his sons (and laughing endlessly at the same stories), and having a Milwaukee’s Best while listening to the Oldies Station. John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy; his children: Cindy (Scott) Shupp, John (Nancy) Reader, Rob (Sue) Reader, Mike (Michelle) Reader, Steve (Jody) Reader, Dave (Elyn) Reader, Tom (Mary) Reader, Rick (Julie) Reader; his many grandchildren and their spouses; and sister: Sharon “JoJo”. John was preceded in death by his mom Edna; and siblings: Doris, Bonnie, Ruth, Karen, Nancy, Bill; and son-in-law: Greg Siebers. The funeral liturgy will be held at 10:30 am, on Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 410 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, with Fr. Jim Leary O.F.M. Cap. officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Appleton. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of the Mass. Thank you, dad for your incredible support and your unconditional love. “Okee dokles” we’ll see you soon! The Reader Family wants to especially thank the ThedaCare At Home Hospice care team, in particular Mary, for the past year of tremendous support and care.