U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, released the following statement over the weekend on the
death of his father, former Gary mayor John S. Visclosky, on the evening of
Friday, March 31, at the age of 101.
“Johnny V loved his
family and he loved people--because he never met a stranger. He loved life
and he always loved the City of Gary and its people.
“Johnny’s first job
was caddying at age 11 at Turkey Creek Country Club. He temporarily left Lew
Wallace High School to work with the Conservation Corps in Kentucky and
served in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. He also served as Deputy
City Controller, City Controller and Mayor of Gary.
“He was proud of
his membership in Ironworkers Local 395 and worked through the union
following his service as mayor.
“His theory of
public service was straight forward--make sure people had access to good
jobs and ‘help people out.’
“The rules of his
house were simple--always respect every person you meet and always do your
“His wish would be
to remember a good laugh you had with him and do somebody a favor in his