John Joseph Bakovka

John J. Bakovka age 91, passed away peacefully Monday, June 10th at Villa Pines Living Center.  Visitation will be held Thursday, June 13th 10:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church in Big Flats.  Services will follow at 12:00, internment with Military honors will follow at the Niebull Cemetery in Big Flats.  John was born September 24, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Alex and Rose Bakovka.  John grew up in Big Flats and helped his mom and dad and brothers and sister on their farm and with their logging business.  John served in the Korean war and upon returning to Big Flats married Lula Mae Buck.  They raised two children Ellen and Greg.

John was employed his whole life as an auto mechanic and service manager for dealerships in Wisconsin Rapids.  He loved to hunt, fish, garden, cut wood, and tinker in his garage.  He served on the Big Flats town board and was Big Flats town chairman.  He also served in many positions in the local auto union until he retired from auto mechanics.  John always helped people in need, whether it was fixing a car, plowing a driveway or cutting a tree he was always there to help.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Alex and Rose Bakovka and his brother Steve Bakovka.  He is survived by his wife Lu Bakovka, daughter Ellen Cashman, son Gregory (Tammy) Bakovka, brother Joe Bakovka, sister Irene Rathermel, and a grandson John Bakovka.


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    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort the Bakovka family and in the days ahead.

  2. Bill & Chris Koepsell ( Hartford ) says:

    John was a great person and am proud to call his a great friend. He was a great logger and enjoyed hunting . We shared many stories and he will be missed. Our sympathy to Lou and family.

  3. Kathleen Theisen says:

    Sending my deepest condolences. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  4. Jerry and Wendy Pierce says:

    Our most sincere sympathy at this time. Remember the man for who he was. He made a difference and that is all we can ask. Good bless.

  5. Lavonne Scott says:

    Lou and family. My sympathy to you. It has been a long trial and John is at peace.

  6. Romie and Shirley and family says:

    Blessings to the Bakovka family. Cherish the memories always.

  7. Mark & Peggy(Williams)Bond says:

    so sorry for your loss he had a heart of gold and always willing to help anyone at any given time our condolences to the family

  8. sandyand carl peterson says:

    Lou and family he was one of a kind we loved him like family so sorry for your loss are thoughts and prayers are with you.always sandy and carl

  9. Jim & Carmen Pedersen says:

    Lou, Ellen, Greg and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.

  10. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you now and in the days ahead..

  11. Nick & Debbi Segina says:

    Lou and family – We are really sorry. He was one of a kind and always willing to lend a hand. He may have seemed quiet to those who didn’t know him, but the sparkle in his eyes gave his spirit away. We hope your memories will help hold him close to you. Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.

  12. Jodi Lecy Helgeson says:

    Lou and family, I’m sorry for your loss. John had a fulfilled life and I think heaven needed an auto mechanic. Our prayers are with you.

  13. Larry & Evelyn Johnston (York) says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  14. Don and Karen says:

    So sorry for your loss……Prayers.

  15. Peg Lecy says:

    May God family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.