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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:26

Jack C. Daehling helped steer Port Washington’s development for many years, first as a member of the Plan Commission and later as a citizen.
    “He always had an opinion,” said Gary Dickerson, Mr. Daehling’s nieces’s husband. “And he would always be able to back up his opinions and decisions.
    “He talked about a lot of the things going on in Port and how he disagreed with some of the decisions and developments going on in the city.”
    Port Washington City Administrator Mark Grams said Mr. Daehling was protective of procedure.
    “He wanted to make sure the Plan Commission was doing projects and zoning properly,” he said.
    Even after he left the Plan Commission, Mr. Daehling often appeared before the Common Council or called his alderman to express his views, Mr. Dickerson said.
    Mr. Daehling died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Saturday, Nov. 11, at Horizon Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. He was 90.
    Mr. Daehling was a native of South Milwaukee, born on Jan. 1, 1927, to Herman and Irma Luedke Daehling.
    He graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan.
    He earned a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business in 1950.
    Mr. Daehling was a transportation and logistics manager for various freight companies for 49 years.
    On Dec. 11, 1967, he married Carolyn Hortvet in Whitefish Bay.
    The couple retired to Port Washington in 1991.
    Mr. Daehling enjoyed model trains, a hobby he picked up as a child.
    “He was really into it,” Mr. Dickerson said, noting Mr. Daehling often would attend train shows. “When he and his brother were small, their dad was gifted a model train and he gave it to the boys. That piqued his interest in trains.”
    Mr. Daehling also enjoyed woodworking and spending time in his basement workshop.
    “He would putz around down there,” Mr. Dickerson said. “He was a pretty handy guy.”
    Mr. Daehling liked working in his yard and was an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan.
    Mr. Daehling is survived by his nephew James (Tracy) Daehling of Whitefish Bay and nieces Ann (James) Gardner of Arizona, Jane (Charles) Wright of Thiensville, Sue (Gary) Dickerson of Mequon and Laurie (Steve Antonellis) Hortvet of Connecticut and Virginia.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, brother Donald and sister-in-law Leora Daehling.
    A memorial service for Mr. Daehling will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg. The Rev. Janet Hartzell will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.
    Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Oak Creek.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter are suggested.

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