VERDIGRE — John Henry “Jack” Sauser, 84, Verdigre, formerly of Randolph, peacefully died Jan. 7, 2021, at Alpine Village Retirement Center, Verdigre.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Jan. 13, at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Randolph, with Rev. Father Timothy Forget and Deacon Doug Tunink officiating.
Inurnment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Norfolk, with
Military Rites provided by Alvin Kessler Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113, Randolph.
A memorial visitation and a Christian Wake service were Tuesday at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, under direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.
He was born Feb. 3, 1936, the son of Henry and Odelia (Hosch) Sauser. He grew up on a farm right outside of Randolph. In 1954, he graduated from St. Frances High School, Randolph. Jack served in the United States Air Force from Oct. 1, 1955, until he was honorably discharged Dec. 1, 1959. When he returned home, he worked in Omaha at a TV shop and at Western Electric. In 1961, Jack returned to Randolph starting his own TV electronic repair shop, which he continued throughout his lifetime. When he returned to Randolph, he also worked for Kansas Nebraska Gas Company as a service man. In April 1968, Jack became the Standard Oil agent and started his own business, Standard Oil and Home Service, which later became Jack’s Farm Service.
Jack met his bride when he was at Randolph High School working on the boiler. He married Mary Louise Schmeits June 17, 1967, at St. Frances Catholic Church, Neligh, and spent the rest of his life taking care of Mary and those they loved. They had three children, Bradley, Steven, and Joan Sauser.
Jack spent his life providing for his family and serving others in his church and community. In 1968, the Randolph Rescue Squad began with Jack as a founding member, who continued to serve for 27 years as an EMT and an ambulance driver. Jack was a charter member of the Lions Club in Randolph. When his boys were active in Boy Scouts he served as a Cub Master. Jack was a member of Randolph Businessmen’s Club and found time to drive a school bus. Community members who didn’t see him bringing them fuel or around town during the week, could hear him on Friday nights announcing the football games and at the baseball field announcing during the summer months. When Jack retired as the owner and operator of Jack’s Farm Service he worked at Wattier’s True Value repairing electronics.
Jack was a die-hard Nebraska fan, a lifetime NRA member, an avid golfer, and one of the founding fathers of the Randolph Community Golf Course.
Jack was a family man who was known for helping others and working hard to provide for his family. Jack found joy in spending time with family, hunting a large variety of wildlife, golfing, bowling, attending Nebraska football games, and playing cards with friends.
Jack leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Mary, Verdigre; children, Brad and Michelle Sauser, Carson, Iowa and Creighton; Steve and Jes Sauser, Johnston, Iowa; and Joan Sauser, Norfolk; grandchildren, Paige Nelson, Omaha; Faith Sauser, Omaha; Harlie Sauser, Carson, Iowa; Paige Bearinger, Maryville, Mo.; Levi Bearinger, Creighton; Ainsley Proctor, Johnston, Iowa; Quin Proctor, Johnston, Iowa; and Remy Sauser, Johnston, Iowa; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Wiggs, Omaha; sisters, Dotty Lee (Arthur) Wintz, Sherman, Texas; Jean Holmes, Albuquerque, N.M.; and Helen Ann Boutolomei, Ripon, Calif.; brothers, Jerald (Nancy), Hill City, Kan.; and Roy Sauser, Randolph; in-laws, Ron and Ann Schmeits, Raton, N.M.; Larry Schmeits, Atlantic, Pa.; and Rebecca and James Carr, Burwell; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Odelia Sauser; and in-laws, Louis and Wonona Schmeits; and brother-in-laws, Jed Holmes and Cecil Boutolomei.