John A Anderson

Profile Updated: December 31, 2018
Residing In: Norman, OK USA
Spouse/Partner: Yvonne
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Occupation: Retired
Military Service: U.S. Air Force, retired  
School Story:

K through 16, all in Eau Claire. Then I went out and got my education.


"Life after all is made up of eating and sleeping, of meeting and saying good-bye to friends, of reunions and farewell parties, of tears and laughter, of having a haircut once in two weeks, of watering a potted flower and watching one’s neighbor fall off his roof."

Lin Yutang



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Obituary from the LEADER-TELEGRAM ONLINE, June 14th, 2018


George James Vobornik, 73, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Comforts of Home in Hudson, WI.

George was born on August 6, 1944 to George C. and Morine (Huse) Vobornik in Rice Lake, WI. The family moved from their farm near Weyerhauser to Eau Claire when he was in the second grade. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1962. After graduation, George served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He was assigned to the 832nd Air Police Squadron K-9 Section as a sentry dog handler and was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, California and Thailand, as were his canine partners. Canine companions remained a constant throughout George’s life, although training was modified considerably for his civilian pets. George was a member of VFW Post 305.

After the USAF, George met and married Maxine Mork. A few years into their marriage, they were blessed with daughter Angie. The family traveled to Canada, Mexico and both coasts and camped throughout Wisconsin. George was an enthusiastic traveler and always eager to learn about and see new places, as well as visit and make friends with the people he met along the way. He also delighted in revisiting special places that were new to his family or extended family. After 10 years, George and Max separated to live independent lives but always remained close. In later years, George traveled extensively throughout the western and southern United States with his brother, Larry. They enjoyed settling temporarily in Montana and later in Florida before returning to Eau Claire.

George was a graduate of the former District One Technical Institute, now CVTC, from which he received an outstanding student award. He worked in computer operations for National Presto Industries, City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County. He retired sooner than planned in his career due to serious back problems stemming from an earlier injury. Despite two surgeries, unresolved pain seriously impacted George’s quality of life. Sadly, the ever-present sparkle in his eyes faded through the years.

George is survived by his daughter Angie (Mike) Zehm of Tampa, FL; grandchildren Nicole Sather, Eau Claire, Lauren, Erin, and Evan Zehm of Tampa, FL; brothers Jim (Karen) Vobornik and Larry (Diane) Vobornik, both of Eau Claire; nephews Ben (Jen) Vobornik of Hayward, Ryan (Stephanie) Vobornik, Eau Claire; nieces Laura (Brad) Villand of La Crosse, Emily Vobornik of Peoria, IL; and former wife Maxine Mork, Eau Claire. He is further survived by grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded by his parents and grandnephew Wylan Vobornik.

A celebration of life for George is planned at VFW Post 305, 1300 Starr Avenue, Eau Claire, on June 30, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with military honors by the American Legion Honor Guard. Burial is at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, WI.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Altoona is serving the family.



George Vobernik's death notice was published earlier this year.  


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Susanne York Wege,

Since you first joined us at ecmemorial62 dot com, I've admired your enthusiasm and active participation here. I think, more than any of us, you've immersed yourself by taking on an obviously valued and personal update of your high school memories. You've tackled this 'information download' as the ultimate Class of 1962 homework assignment, self-initiated.

Kudos, Sue!

It's quite clear you enjoy what you've learned, shared and recalled with so many of us.

I noted you posted, in French, a greeting to Jacqueline Buan. Have you had an opportunity to see and hear the DVD made at our 50th year reunion in 2012? Jacquelin gave a most interesting address to our class on her exchange student impressions and experiences.

She explained how her year in Eau Claire with our senior class and her host family made a lasting impact on her life and, with her husband, on her career.

I'm sure copies of our class reunion DVD might still be available if you've not already seen it. It would be worth a viewing prior to your attending our 55th -- I know I'll review it again.

Like some of us who have not lived in Eau Claire for many years, I understand the value of this web site for the pure memory recall value AND for any number of other personal reasons. Although I've managed to attend a majority of our reunions over the years, I have also come to rely on many of the inputs here to keep a continuity intact relating to indivual and civic events in my home town over the past half century.

When you do get to Eau Claire for a look around the city, don't feel bad that you'll do best with a GPS to guide you. I use mine, even though my 'core memory' of the city is still mainly intact -- it's just that it cuts off at year 1967 with only a few updates since then, gleaned mainly at our class reunions.

Thanks for joining us and for all your interesting interactions since that time. You have added a lot to our class spirit and we appreciate it. Richard Arnold tells us it's "The Spirit of Old Abe."

John A.
Norman, OK

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Have any of your travels taken you guys CUBA ? Any future plans to go there ?

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Entering WI @ Hudson on I-94, 26 July 2007.

What follows are 350 photos of Eau Claire scenes, landmarks and classmates.

Just keep scrolling down. There may be some load time involved, depending on your browser and connection speed. If you have a choice of browsers, try for the one that best handles photo download & display.

For me, this happens to be Apple's "Safari" for PC.

All photos were taken 26-27-28 July 2007.

Not all photos have text explanations. I'll add more in the future, just takes time. You should be able to figure out most scenes.

Putting names with faces might be more of a challenge; it is to all of us after 45 - 50 years.

Classmate photos start at #188. Otherwise, these photos are presented mainly in the order taken as I wandered about Eau Claire by car and on foot...and at our scheduled reunion events, 27 and 28 July 2007.

I also wish to mention that the final 15 photos (approx.) are courtesy of Rick and Sandy Paus.
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I-94, Knapp Hill heading toward Eau Claire on a hazy and humid summer day.
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Carson Park east exit across Half Moon Lake at the bottom of the hill.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Nice to see a number of these historical marker signs placed about town. Some are along the walking trails, others are in parks, etc.
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