John Frank Anton, 89
John died surrounded by his family on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 89 years of age, at Willow Ridge Healthcare, Amery, Wis.
He was born on Dec. 10, 1927, on the family farm in Clayton Township to George and Mary (Ruff) Anton. His twin sister, Jane, died shortly before their first birthday of pneumonia. Johns remaining siblings included two older brothers, one older sister and two younger sisters.
John attended Cloverleaf Country School and Clayton High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947. After discharge he worked at the Turtle Lake Creamery, where he met Eloise King. They married on Sept. 15, 1951, and in 1957 settled in New Richmond, Wis.
In 1959, John found his passion when he began to teach himself furniture upholstery. That quickly became a full-time job and he spent the rest of his work-life as a self-employed upholsterer. He was widely known for his upholstery skills and attention to detail. He was a true craftsman and there was no project too difficult for him to tackle. He and Eloise restored two historic homes in New Richmond and a Bed & Breakfast in Stillwater, Minn., along with collecting and restoring antique furniture, cars and stained glass windows.
In 1989, John and Eloise moved to a hobby farm near Deer Park so they could semi-retire, although in truth, John never really cut back. He continued with upholstery and furniture restoration, but also spent time on their farm growing grapes, apple trees, pine trees, and a large garden.
John is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Eloise; their three children, Jane (Bill) Minge, Sue (Nick) Chaves, and Tom (Karen Sager); grandchildren, Alex and Emily Minge, Alyssa Drury, Sarah (Greg) Chapeau, and Megan Anton; and great-grandson, Jameson Chapeau. He is also survived by sisters, Betty (Glen) Nickell and Marion (Phil) Stumo; in-laws, Mary (Larry) Raffesberger, Richard (Joanne) King, Peggy Strasser, and Toni King; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by twin sister Jane; parents, Mary and George; in-laws, Alex and Emma King; siblings and in-laws, George and Olga Anton, Andy and Ann Anton, Rosemary and Ray Kasper, Warren King and Jon Paul Strasser.
Johns family is very grateful to the staff at Willow Ridge Healthcare in Amery for their compassionate and loving care.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Williamson-White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Avenue N, Amery, WI. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at East Immanuel Lutheran Church, 207 120th Street, Amery, WI, with visitation one hour prior to services at the church.
To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute, please visit www.williamsonwhite.com. Funeral arrangements were made with the Williamson~White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery, Wisconsin.