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John Gary Mayer

July 6, 2018 | 18 comments

John Gary Mayer, loving father, husband, brother, uncle, and son passed away on July 4th, 2018 in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Johnny was born in Black River Falls on April 8th, 1979 to Joseph and Marie (Erickson) Mayer. He married Jessica Lynn Gilbertson in Holmen, Wisconsin October 25th, 2003. They are blessed with three wonderful boys, Carson Allen, Logan Joseph, and Preston Michael.  Johnny served honorably with the Wisconsin National Guard from 1997 to 2009 deploying to the Iraq War 2005 to 2006.

Johnny graduated from Holmen High School in 1998 and Western Technical College in 2001 with a degree in Applied Science. Johnny worked at the Kwik Trip headquarters in La Crosse. He had previously worked at LHI and Fort McCoy.

Johnny was an avid Packers and Badgers fan, even building his own Packers man cave in the basement. He loved spending time with his wife, kids and family. Johnny seemed to know somebody no matter where he traveled. His friendly smile and outgoing personality made him somebody you wanted to get to know. He loved country music and dancing with his wife. Johnny loved and was loved by so many friends and family members.

Johnny is survived by his wife Jessica, sons Carson, Logan, and Preston. His mother Marie and sister Susan Christopherson and brother Paul (Kolleen) Mayer. His niece Jessie and nephews Alex, Trevor, and Derrick. Jessica's family Mike and Cindy Gilbertson, sister Sara (Zack) Fellman with kids Gladdy and Wynn, and brother Chris (Annette) Gilbertson. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph and brother-in-law Brian.

Johnny and Jessica always said they loved each other “to infinity” and the other would finish with “and beyond". He will be missed by so many people especially Jessie, Little Koala, Mr. P, and little Logie Bear.

A visitation will be held on Monday evening, July 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 and Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Holmen Lutheran Church, 228 Morris Street in Holmen. A celebration of his life will be held at the church Tuesday morning July 10th at 11:00, with lunch to follow. Memorials to the family please. You are encouraged to wear Packers, Badgers, and military attire. The Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family with the arrangements.



  1. Heather Thommen and Family

    Love you and the boys, Jess and so very sorry for your loss. It was always a fun time with you guys from Twizzlers to bonfires in the back yard. Always here for you!

  2. Paul Martin

    I served with John and always knew him as someone to go out of his way to make sure you are taken care of. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Tammy Barth

    We are so sorry to hear this sad news. You all are in our thoughts and prayers and may you find peace in the memories you have……

  4. Deann Sanko

    My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Johnny was a wonderful man and will be missed. My prayers and sympathy to you Jess.

  5. Beverly Rojas and family

    Jessica, my sincerest condolences to you, your children, and your family on your immense loss. Love you, loved John, never saw either of you without a smile. Don’t lose that smile.

  6. Ellen Miller

    I’m sorry beyond words,Jess, for the loss of the love of your life. I have so many prayers for you and your sons.

  7. Jill Dempsey

    I worked with John at LHI. We played a lot of Monday morning quarterback during football season. And talked a lot baseball too. I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  8. Rhonda Merchlewitz and Doug Wobig

    We are sooo sorry for your loss !!
    I pray that all your wonderful memories of John find you some peace in the days to come and that the lord be with you all to comfort you and give you the strength you will need in the days ahead

  9. Winston Zeman

    So sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  10. John P Crogan

    We are so very sorry for your loss. John was one of the nicest guys I have ever met and always had a smile and kind words. I will think of him every time I listen to Bill Michaels sports radio. John will be greatly missed.

    John & Julie Crogan (John-Kwik Trip coworker)

  11. Rodney Clauson

    Great guy. Great school mate, Over all a real Genuine compassionate human.

  12. Norman Gilbertson

    Prayers for John’s family..

    I never met John but his family and ancestors are in The Family Tree and he was a distant Norwegian cousin.


  13. Teresa Baird

    Sending our sympathies to all of John’s family. So very sorry for your loss. Sue, Paul and Colleen – I have thinking of you and hope your memories of John give you comfort.

  14. Daniel Hong

    So very sorry for your families loss. I served with John in Iraq. John was a great Soldier and one of the hero’s of our country. He will never be forgotten, RIP John.

  15. Bonnie Grant.

    My prayers go out to you that you find peace and strength in Gods word knowing he will be by your side to help very very sorry.

  16. ivajean Yarbrough-Donahue

    Jessica my thoughts and prayers are with you and the children daily. Love you. Aunt Jean from Alabama.

  17. Joy L Hennessy

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss Jess. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

  18. Sandy Drake

    Marie , Arlene called and told me about this . I can not tell you how sorry I am .. You and the family sure have my deepest sympathy … May God be with you and give you strength thru. this most difficult time . Sending prayers for all of you . God Bless
    Sandy Drake

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