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John B. LeMay

April 16, 1917 May 26, 2010
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John B. LeMay, 93, Oconto, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Bay Shore Pines, Oconto. He was born April 16, 1917 in Oconto to the late John D. And Emma (Prochnow) LeMay and married Gloria Behnke on March 30, 1940. John graduated from Oconto High School in 1935. John earned his Bachelors Degree in English, History and Social Studies at Milwaukee State Teachers College, and his Masters Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After teaching in Lena and Oconto High Schools he became elementary and junior high school principal at Edgerton, high school principal at Portage, and superintendent of schools at Mineral Point. He returned to his hometown of Oconto as superintendent in 1962, serving in that capacity for the next nineteen years. During his tenure as an Oconto High School teacher he served as advisor to the year book staff and as State Director of the National Scholastic Press Association. In 1947 he was named by that organization as an All-American Advisor. When at Portage the school received the National Freedoms Foundation Award for a program on brotherhood that he had developed. When at Mineral Point John served as president of the Southwestern Athletic Association and as president of the Southwestern Education Association. That same year he was voted as that organizations delegate to the National Education Convention in Los Angeles. On the state level LeMay served six years on the Board of Control of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, as chairman of a State Superintendents Blue Ribbon Commission on the Evaluation of the Thirteen Standards, and on a state legislatures Committee on School Age Requirements. In 1983 the local high school auditorium was named in his honor in recognition of the role he played in promoting the building of a new high school. LeMay was active in local civic events. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Kiwanis Club. In Kiwanis he was a Division Lieutenant Governor and was the recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. He was a member of the Farnsworth Library Board and the Oconto County Historical Board. In 1989 he was an honoree at the Oconto County Rural-Urban Banquet. LeMay was a member of Masonic Pine Lodge #188, serving as Master and secretary-treasurer. He was honored by the Lodge with a \"Certificate of Appreciation\" for outstanding and dedicated service. He was a member of Scottish Rite and was also a member of Beja Shrine Temple. He was an active member of the Oconto County Shrine Club, serving two terms as president. John served several terms as a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Oconto. He was a member of Winnebago Presbyterys Committee of Ministry for eleven years and in 1990 he was named one of Presbyterys outstanding senior members in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Mr. LeMay wrote \"History of the First Presbyterian Church of Oconto,\" \"History of Pine Lodge #188\" and the \"History of Beja Shrine Temple\". LeMay was an avid golfer who captained his high school and college teams and won club championships at Oconto and at Dodge-Point. In 1989 at the age of 72 he won the Oconto Golf Club Championship. John was a noted speaker. He delivered Masonic funerals, lay sermons for Presbyterian and Methodist churches, and was a popular speaker at area class reunions and commencement exercises.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria, Oconto; a daughter, Loreli Dickinson, Oconto; a son, Warren (Tammara) LeMay, Sun Prairie; four grandchildren, David (Tricia) Dickinson, Melinda (Tim) Frank and Matthew and Aimee LeMay; four great grandchildren, Kian, Jaeger, and Maisie Frank and Henry Dickinson. John was preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys (Joseph) Love and Eunice (William) Van Able; one brother, Edmond (Lucille) LeMay; and one son-in-law, Robert Dickinson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at theGallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 5 to 8 PM Sunday, May 30, with Masonic funeral service at 7 PM. Visitation will continue on Monday, May 31 from 12 Noon to 1 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Monday at the church with the Rev. Craig Alwin officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Oconto Hospital Foundation, First Presbyterian Church or John B. LeMay Scholarship Fund.
A special thank you to the care givers at Bay Shore Pines.

5 PM to 8PM at Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service 217 Congress St. Oconto, WI 54153 on May 30, 2010 (map/driving directions)

12 Noon to 1 PM at First Presbyterian Church 133 Jackson St. Oconto, WI 54153 on May 31, 2010 (map/driving directions)

1 PM at First Presbyterian Church 133 Jackson St. Oconto, WI 54153 on May 31, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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