John Visker

John E Visker

Friday, May 2nd, 1924 - Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
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Private family services were held for John Visker, 96, of Tracy, at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Tracy. A recording of the service may be accessed by copying and pasting the following link: or by clicking the "Watch Webcast" link under the Photos and Videos tab. Please note that the service features an open casket.

John Eltjo Visker was born on Friday, May 2, 1924 in Little Rock, Iowa, the son of Eltjo and Katherine (Dilly) Visker. He attended country school through the 8th grade. He did not like school and was a farmer heart and soul. John met the love of his life, Joyce, when he went into the local soda fountain shop where Joyce was working and he ordered a milkshake (which, by the way, he was never charged for). They married on July 29, 1944 at her parent’s home in Tracy. This union was blessed with four children: Katherine, Betty Jo, JoAnn and Jon Dirk.

The couple did everything together. They worked together as they raised livestock and were stewards of the land they farmed. John later owned Visker Oil Company and the Garvin Corner Truck Stop and Café. He was a bus driver for Tracy Public Schools for 35 years. He served on the Tracy Nursing Home Board of Directors for several years. He was active in the Church of Christ as a deacon, board member and Sunday School Superintendent. When not busy working and raising a family, John enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and spending time with his family. He has been described as a kind, gentle and honest man. He will be dearly missed by his children and their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and a host of friends.

John passed away peacefully surrounded by family and was welcomed into Heaven by God’s loving arms on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the age of 96 years, 5 months and 20 days.

John is survived by his children, Katherine Holland, Betty Jo (Warren) Troseth, JoAnn (Steven) Knott, Jon Dirk (Jeanie) Visker; grandchildren, Jennifer Krostue, Tom (Melissa) Meixell, Jill (Lynn) Wess, Laura (Louis) duCharme, Weston (Katie) Troseth, Mary Lynn (Toby) Howard, Sarah (Chad) Kemp, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Knott, Andrew (Sue) Knott, Christopher (Stephanie) Visker, Joseph (Erin) Visker, Eric (Liz) Visker, twenty-six great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren; sister, Tena Quigley; brothers, Jans and Joe.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Eltjo and Katherine; his wife, Joyce; sisters, Dorothy, Jennie, Grace, Fannie and Marie; and brother, Henry.
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    Horvath Remembrance Center - Tracy
    444 Craig Ave.
    TRACY, MN 56175
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  • Interment

    Tracy City Cemetery
    South County Road 73
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Helen (Visker) Jeske

Posted at 05:39am
The lovely tribute written to honor your father and grandfather describes a kind, and loving man. Weren't you fortunate to have such a role model? I feel your loss and share your sorrow. Take comfort in the memories you cherish of a fine parent and grandparent. Smile when you see his image in the faces of children and grandchildren. You might feel sad the first few times you catch yourselves using one of his precious Dutch sayings, but later, you will laugh and feel close to him.
Sincerely, Helen (Visker) Jeske, daughter of Hank & Lettie Visker

Jennifer Vogt-Erickson

Posted at 12:00pm
With deepest sympathy, from the Erickson family.
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Wes and Dave

Posted at 04:02pm
To the Visker Family, The east coast Knowles families of Wes and Dave are with you in prayer and are so thankful for Uncle Johnny! Love you all
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Kristen Wodnick Halverson

Posted at 09:31pm
My condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Johnny and Joyce. I will always remember their love for each other, their kindness and warm welcomes, and their smiles.

Shirley Jo Meidl

Posted at 10:33am
Dear Family,

I have so many wonderful memories of Johnny and Joyce Visker. They were a very special part of my growing-up years in in Tracy. Joyce was the outgoing, happy person who could always brighten your day with her cheerful chatter. John was the kind, soft-spoken man who was always by her side. I smiled as I looked through the pictures on this site. Yes, there he is, with his warm, gentle smile. The picture of the two of them together from years past ~ priceless! They were so perfect together! The love they shared spilled over onto all who were part of their lives.

May all the wonderful memories you shared with your Dad and Mom be with you and your children and grandchildren. May those memories remain in your hearts and bring you peace and joy, knowing John and Joyce are together again. Sending prayers, hugs, and love to all of you. Shirley Jo Radke Meidl


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