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Jack Valentine Wohlstadter, 86, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Dixon Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Dixon. Jack was born in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Henry Louis and Edna Phillipina (Richars) Wohlstadter on February 4, 1932.

Jack attended Woodward Elementary (K thru 8th grade) and Cleveland High School, graduating in 1950.He had been a member of the Cleveland High School Gym Team. He was also active in the Concordia Turnverein furthering his gymnastic abilities. He attended Normal College (American Gymnastic Union) of Indiana University in Indianapolis. Upon completing his sophomore year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at the Great Lakes Training Center and then was sent to Norman, OK. for training in their weather school. From there, he was sent to Lakehurst, New Jersey and then to Port Lyautey at the Naval Air Station in North Africa. Upon completing his tour of duty, he returned to the States. He enrolled at the University of Cincinnati to complete his Bachelors Degree in Eduacation.

Jack married his college sweetheart, Shirley Obermiller of Clinton, Iowa on August 1, 1954. He taught at the Cincinnati Turnverein while attending college. The family moved to St. Louis in 1956, following his graduation. Jack taught at the North St. Louis Turnverein for a year. The family then returned to Cincinnati where he taught at Stowe Elementary School and his wife was teaching at the New Woodward Junior-Senior High school and then later at the Abigail Cutter Junior High school.

Jack left teaching and entered a restaurant management training program with Frisch's Big Boy restaurant chain. He continued to work as a manager until 1967 when the opportunity arose to purchase the A&W Drive-In in Rock Falls, IL. In 1972 he opened the Orange Bowl located in Northland Mall in Sterling, IL. Later he had the opportunity to purchase the A&W Drive-In in Clinton, IA. His oldest son, David, took over the ownership of the Clinton Drive-In. In 1990, Jack retired from the restaurant business.

Jack always loved working with wood. He built furniture and cabinets This led to the purchasing of a lathe. When he started turning, all other wood projects ceased. He became very proficient in turning. He juried for art shows all over the United States. He was known for his surface carvings after the turnings. He inlaid various materials into some of his pieces. He then progressed to turning alabaster and acrylics. He won numerous awards for his work as well as his displays. His work is in several museums and he has many collectors. Among the museums, he has two pieces in the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AK., nine pieces in the Figge Museum in the Quad Cities that were some of the pieces donated by a collector. He also has a piece in the Honolulu Art Museum, the Midland Michigan Art Museum and the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Jack had been active in the Rock Falls Masonic Lodge where he served as Master. He was also Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star while his wife was Worthy Matron. He was a member of the Scottish Rite in Freeport, IL and the Tebala Shrine in Rockford, IL. His other hobbies were golfing, fishing and bowling.

Jack and Shirley are the parents of five sons; David H.(Jan), Daniel W.(Dee), Jack V. Jr.,(Barrie), Scott A. (Rindy)and John A. They have seven granddaughters, Erika, Erin (Damon) Chaput, Elizabeth Ann, Isabel, Emma, Samantha, and Sydney. One grandson,Travis, one step-grandaughter, Brittney Mills and two great granddaughters, Madelyn and Hadley Chaput and one niece, Karen Schulte.

He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Seigel and her daughter Susan Schulte.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Friday April 27, 2018 from 1 – 2 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. A memorial service will follow at 2 PM with the Reverend Scott Porter officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Serenity Hospice in Oregon, IL., or Friendship Room (Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, IL.)