In Memory of John Hauschildt


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday January 13, 2018
National Guard Army Armory
815 West Division Street
River Falls Wisconsin, 54022

Memorial Service

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday January 13, 2018
National Guard Army Armory
815 West Division Street
River Falls Wisconsin, 54022


3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday January 13, 2018
Greenwood Cemetery
East Division Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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John Martin Hauschildt, age 62, of River Falls, WI passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was born on September 30, 1955 in Faribault, MN to Duanne and Doris (Hanson) Hauschildt. He was a 1973 graduate of Ellsworth High School. John attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 1979 to 1983. He received a second undergraduate degree from Excelsior College in 2006. His Military education included the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and the Battle Staff NCO course, at the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy and many other service related schools.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978. In 1980 he joined the Wisconsin National Guard in Company B, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry. Over the next 16 years John moved through a series of leadership positions in the Battalion. He assumed the position of the State Command Sergeant Major of Wisconsin in July 2000. John received many awards throughout his long military career.
On October 7, 1995 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Mary Ellen Pace of River Falls, WI. They resided in River Falls after John’s retirement from the Wisconsin National Guard. . He became a Veteran’s Service Representative at the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis, MN after his military retirement until his passing on December 31st.
John had a never-ending devotion to the love of his life, Mary. His favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting, camping, watching the Packers, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Duanne and Doris; wife, Mary on April 14, 2017; brother, Dani; brother-in-law, Andrew.
John is survived by his step-children, Phillip and Angela; step-grandchildren, Tyrrell, Aaron, Ellie, Megan, Sierra, Naomi; sisters, Diane, Kristin, Kathrine; brother, Duanne Jr. (Belinda); sisters-in-law, Linda (Jay), Debbie (Karl), Carol (Jerry); brother-in-law, Richard (Nancy); many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for John will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the National Guard Armory, 815 West Division Street, River Falls, WI with a visitation from 1:00-3:00 PM. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls, WI.
Services have been entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home in River Falls, WI.

John's Tribute Wall

Tributes (10):

  • John was my cousin. After his mother died, he and Dani and Diane would sometimes spend some time with us at the farm in Wanamingo. Now, many years later, as he became CSM he would say, “We’ve got to find some time to get together and discuss the differences and similarities between your war in Vietnam in 1968 and mine.” Well, like many things in life, now it will have to wait until later…. Rest well John, you will be missed..

  • We were very honored to say John was a very dear friend of ours, he is going to be missed very much by all that knew him he was a great man

  • I only had positive experiences with John. He was a great source of information when I came to State HQ as the ANG CCM. We had many interesting conversions about life in the fish bowl, but more importantly what we could do to grow our enlisted force. He was truly dedicated to his troops and always put their interests first. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but will hold on to our positive memories.

  • I was so very saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was an AWESOME person! I worked with John at the VA and I enjoyed the conversations we often had about life, family, and work. He will be missed immensely by many of his coworkers and he will be remembered fondly by those whose lives he touched! I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • John was a member of our family, He and his dad would come to Prentice, WI and go hunting when he was in teens. He has been with us many years hunting, fishing, camping. He was one great person and will always be in our hearts and lots of memories. Was with us this last Thanksgiving for hunting . Will miss him.

  • I am so saddened by this news. John was truly one of the good guys, and a friend and mentor to many. His ability to balance mission and soldier caring was remarkable. We in the military community have lost a friend and patriot. Rest easy CSM; we have the watch.

  • I’ll remember John as a incredible mentor. As our State Command Sergeant Major he took time to inspire, support, and encourage Soldiers. My condolences to his family.

  • What an amazing person. Great person to learn from and get advice from. He taught me so much. You were a huge asset to our organization. We will miss you. God bless you and your family always.