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Visclosky honors father, former Gary mayor 'Johnny V', dead at 101

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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 best.

“His wish would be to remember a good laugh you had with him and do somebody a favor in his memory.”



Posted 4/3/2017




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