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John Nicholas Hynes

April 7, 1960 ~ May 27, 2022 (age 62)


John Nicholas Hynes, 62, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

John was born April 7, 1960, son of the late Joseph Edward and Mary Jane Hynes in Algona, Iowa. John grew up on the family farm in Owen Withee, WI. He graduated from Owen Withee High School, class of 1978. John attended college in Dodge City, Kansas and majored in diesel mechanics but liked to tell his kids he majored in Foosball and Frisbee.

After attending college, he returned home to run the family farm. John was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dara Ogden on January 22, 1990. They worked together to raise their family of 5 kids in Wittenberg, WI. He worked as a diesel and train mechanic for 30 years.

John enjoyed helping friends and family work on their cars. He loved being outside and there weren’t many sunrises he missed seeing and appreciating,  John was noted for being incredibly hard-working and generous. He loved traveling, especially with his family. In fact, once he got his diagnosis 3 years ago, he spent as much time as he could visiting places on his bucket list with his family, which brought him great joy. He knew when he got sick that it was a battle for time since his cancer was terminal. John faced the challenge successfully because of his strong faith in the bible. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses he took every opportunity to share that hope and faith with others.

John touched many lives and had a positive impact on those who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

John is survived by his wife, Dara Hynes, his children, Megan (Peter) Whiting, Jay (Cassy) Hynes, David (Emma) Hynes, Josef Hynes and Isaiah Hynes, his grandchildren, Madeline and Signe Whiting and Quinton Hynes, his siblings, Dan (Leigh) Hynes, Pat (Jan) Hynes, Tom (Janet) Hynes, Gin (Gary) Messick and Mike (Kathy) Hynes, his brothers-in-law, Jerry Schill and Gordan Ovans, numerous nieces and nephews, his extended spiritual family and his loyal companion and walking buddy, Oliver.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Elaine Schill and Carolyn Ovans.

The family would like to thank the Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Regional Cancer Center for the exceptional care John received.

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