John “Dave” Southworth, 81, of Wyocena, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at At Home Again Memory Care in Rio.
He was born January 14, 1938 in Columbus, the son of John and Beatrice (Towner) Southworth. John was a graduate from Pardeeville High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years during the Korean Conflict while stationed in Texas. He was an Electrical Lineman for Madison Gas and Electric for over 33 years. He was a member of the Rio Air Club and Hoobs 4-wheelers Club. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and being a “fix it” man. He also loved traveling with his wife and grandson Matthew. John was a patient, loving husband, father, and grandfather who was extremely proud of all his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include wife Ruth of 29 years; daughter Gwen; step daughters Rhonda (Keith) and Vicki (Ron); grandchildren Amber (Fiancee Ryan), Angie (Mike), Carin (Ryan), Kelli, Christoper, and Matthew; great grandchildren Hayli, Layla, McCartney, and Harrison. He is further survived by Gwen’s mother, several cousins, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Vicky; great granddaughter Vada, two uncles, and one aunt.
Funeral services with full military honros will be held Tuesday, October 29 at 1 PM at Grasse Funeral Home, 119 Industrial Drive, Pardeeville with Rev. Mark Brandel officiating. Interment will follow at Wyocena Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 AM until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s memory may be made to a charity of choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of At Home Again in Rio and Generations Home Care and Hospice for the loving care they provided John. It was greatly appreciated.
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