John Stuart Else was born July 15, 1931, the oldest child of Arnold G. Else Sr. and Edith (Rasmussen) Else at Battle Creek. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. He attended grade school in Battle Creek, then moved with his family to Galva in 1946 and graduated from Galva Consolidated Schools in 1949.
John served three years with the U.S. Air Force and then attended Central Technical Institute of Radio and TV in Kansas City, Mo. He was employed at KTIV in Sioux City and Cedar Rapids and WGN in Chicago, Ill. as a camera tech. While filming sledders on Lake Michigan with a co-worker, Robin, they rescued and saved a young boy, who had fallen through the ice, from drowning. They were featured and told their story on Good Morning America and the Phil Donahue Show. They were also recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for their rescue; one of his many accomplishments in life.
In 1995, he retired and moved to his farm near Galva where he enjoyed farming and attending farm auctions. He was an A.A. member since 1987.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Else (1963) and Arnold Else (2004); nieces, Angela Camarigg (1965) and Jodie Schulke (2004); and nephew, Randy Else (1984).
He is survived by his sisters, Judy Winterhof (Gaylen) of Galva; Ardie Camarigg (Don) of Surprise, Ariz.; brother, Harlan Else (Jane) of Galva; sisters-in-law, Donna Else of Holstein; nd Peggy Else of Galva; 17 caring nieces and nephews and many cousins.
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