John Slack


Stoughton- John Cordts Slack, Major, U.S. Air Force (retired), born July 19, 1969, the day the United States of America landed the first men on the moon, died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at his home in Stoughton, WI. John was a part of the Wounded Warrior program, Veterans Medical Center, Madison, WI. John’s family expresses extreme gratitude to the staff, Janea, Heidi, David, Karen and many others that helped along the way. John grew up on the shores of Lake Monona, Monona, WI. He graduated from Monona Grove High School in 1987. John earned a Bachelors degree in History from University of Minnesota in 1991 and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. in 1994. John served six tours of duty in the Middle East as a member of the WI Air National Guard between and during the two Gulf wars. He served in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar (twice), Kuwait and Iraq. John is survived by his two young sons, Wyatt Cordts Slack and Cole Bourke Slack who live with their mother, Kristi Shook Slack. He is also survived by his parents, Jerry and Sherill (Cordts) Slack; his sisters, Ann Slack and Sara Slack (Dan) Lenz; nephews and nieces, Everett, Olivia, Isabella and Jake Lenz; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ruth and Everett Cordts; his paternal grandparents, Lois and Clarence Slack; and one nephew, Calvin Slack Lenz. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Skaalen Home Chapel, 400 N. Morris Street, Stoughton, WI. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of services Saturday at Skaalen. A private family burial service will be held at a later date. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to John’s sons for their education. John served his country long and well in difficult conditions. He suffered for it, but was always proud and honored to serve. He now is free from suffering. We grieve your departure, we love you, John.