John Wayne Lawrence, age 86, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home in rural Albany. John was born May 15, 1935, in Watertown, Wisconsin, and was raised in Janesville, Wisconsin.

John began working at General Motors in 1953 and was drafted into the Army shortly thereafter. Upon completing his service to his country, John returned home to his job at GM and built a new house on the west side of town on his family’s property. John and his father shared a love of gardening and they ran a vegetable truck together for years. In 1972, John married the love of his life, Candace Cox (Lawrence). In 1979, they bought a piece of land and built their dream home in Albany, Wisconsin. There, they raised their three children and lived for the next four decades.

John had many passions in his life; fishing, hunting, guns and building birdhouses were some of the big ones.  Of all of his passions, his relationship with Jesus Christ was certainly his most important. As a member of Grace Church in New Glarus, John re-kindled his love of the Lord and found peace in the knowledge that he would forever be in the loving arms of the Lord upon leaving this world. John also found a calling in volunteering at local nursing homes. He enjoyed playing cards and bringing contraband treats to the residents. He would often sit for hours with those who couldn’t get out, and he impacted many in this way.  John loved God, his family, his freedom and his country.  To those who knew him, John was never one to mince words and until the end, he was a devoted patriot and held very strong opinions on the state of the union. John’s witty, sharp sense of humor that will be greatly missed by all of those who were close to him.

Special thanks to Heartland Hospice for all the great care they gave our dad during his last few months. He was so grateful for everything they did for him and would often comment on how great his caregivers were (thank you, Stephanie Peach and Julie Flynn). Also, thanks to Grace-Bifulk Funeral Home for helping with all the arrangements.

John is survived by his three children, Marian (Scot) Pfeuti (Albany), Melissa Chicker (Monticello) and Doug (Meghan) Lawrence (Albany); 14 grandchildren, Katie Anderson (Griffin Rostan), John (Amy) Anderson, Brad Anderson, Kelly (Leahy) Cano, Taylor, McKenna and Rahfi Pfeuti,  Benjamin, Samuel, Hallie and Maximus Chicker, Alecia (Josh) Kraut and Nathan, Kalyn, Beau and Luke Lawrence; four great-grandchildren, Johnny and Harrison Anderson and Joshua and AraBella Kraut.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Candy; sister, Janet Ackerman; and brother, David Lawrence.

A celebration of life will be held at Grace Church, 416 Second St., New Glarus, on Saturday, Aug. 21, starting at 10 a.m.  There will be a visitation with family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a service from 11 a.m. to noon.  A luncheon will follow.