John "Jack" McFarlane, age 80, of Rochester, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Jack was born in Ladysmith, Wis., in 1939 to Harold and Agnes (Strop) McFarlane. He attended school in Ingram/Glen Flora, where he was a strong athlete in basketball, track and baseball graduating in 1958. He went to the Twin Cities and worked at Montgomery Wards and Waldorf Paper Co. In 1959, he started work as an apprentice pipe insulator. He became a member of Asbestos Workers Local #34 Union as a Heat and Frost Insulating Engineer.
In 1961, he married Darlene Zimmer on Sept. 23, 1961, in Tony, Wis. They lived in the Twin Cities for three years then Jack's job brought them to Rochester and they built their home in Byron, where they raised their family.
He was co-owner of Southern Minnesota Insulation for 15 years until 1985. He then started Industrial Insulation in 1986. He successfully operated this business for 15 years until he sold it and retired in 2001. After four years of retirement, he became bored and needed a new challenge. He became an Insulation Project Manager for an upcoming business, Mavo Systems in Rochester. He worked for them until June 30, 2010.
Jack enjoyed watching football, baseball, westerns or a good action movie on TV or in the theater. He was very interested in cars, particularly Cadillacs and Corvettes, and had a love for Quarter Horses. He also enjoyed reading, mostly westerns, traveling and spending time with family. You always knew how he felt about anything because he told you straight forward. Jack's faith was very important to him throughout his life. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Rochester. Jack served a term as President of The Greens Townhome Association where they lived for five years. He served a term as President of Bamber Valley Estates Townhome Association where they lived for 13 years. When Jack's illness worsened they moved to Homestead at Rochester, Assisted Living.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 58 years, Darlene McFarlane; his daughters, Shawn Kehret of Byron, Annette (Tom) Fuchs of Byron, and Brenda Fugere of Ames, Iowa. He is also survived by a brother, Richard (Helen) of Gurnee, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; brother-in-law, Arlie Davison; and sister-in-law, Sue McFarlane. He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Richard Leonhard; sister, Shirley Davison; brother, Allen; and parents.
A Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Monday, Sept. 9, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5455 50th Ave. NW, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Interment will be held at Byron Cemetery.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be serving the McFarlane family. To leave a special memory, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.