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Jack Wasche

John Edward "Jack" Wasche, 89, formerly of Bluffton and Perham, passed away April 20, 2009.

He was born Jan. 22, 1920, to Edward G. and Helen Wasche in Perham. Shortly thereafter, his parents moved to Bluffton, where his father was a banker. He graduated from the eighth grade in Bluffton and from Wadena Public School. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business administration in 1947 and received a degree of doctor of law in 1950.

He joined the Army in 1942 and was sent to England in May 1943, where he served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17. His plane was shot down on his 13th mission, to Schweinfurt, Germany, and he parachuted out of the plane, landing in a group of German soldiers. He was imprisoned and later liberated in May 1945. He was awarded several medals, including a purple heart and prisoner of war medals. He married Mary Catherine on June 26, 1948, which was also his first day of law school. He and a classmate founded the firm Rischmiller and Wasche in downtown Minneapolis, where he worked as a partner until his retirement in 1985.

He loved reading, old cars, boats and motors of all kinds, and did much mechanical and restoration work himself.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel in the Twin Cities. Interment will be at Fort Snelling.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Catherine; son, John (Janice) of New Hope; two granddaughters; and sister, Kathleen Guck, of Perham.