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John R. Breaker

04/07/1954 - 08/08/2022
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John R. Breaker, age 68, of Neenah, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center, Neenah.

John was born in Neenah on April 7, 1954, son of Raymond and June (Bahrke) Breaker. 

He is survived by his mother, June; brother, Tom (Linda); sister, Nancy (Don) Prahl; nieces, Mardel Breaker, Jenni Breaker; nephews, John (Dana) Prahl, Michael (Jill) Prahl, and Christopher (Taylor) Prahl; special great-nieces and great-nephews, and other relatives and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray; grandparents, Reuben and Nora (Christianson) Breaker, and George and Clarice (Helgeson) Bahrke; aunts, uncles and dear friends. 

John graduated from Winneconne High School class of 1972. During high school and following graduation he worked at the Larsen Coop, Courtney & Plummer, farmed on the Walter Raehl and Al Breaker farms, and was also a truck driver for Reese Trucking and Hayes Manufacturing. 

John suffered a debilitating automobile accident on June 6, 1981, at age 28 which left him paralyzed as a quadriplegic. John overcame his disability and lived a full life for many years living independently driving his handicap van to every tractor pull, county fair and women’s fast pitch baseball tournament throughout Wisconsin. John enjoyed watching NASCAR races, polka and country western music, and Facebook.    

John was member of Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne on Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brian Staude officiating. Private family interment will take place at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Winchester.

The family extends a special thank you and appreciation to the medical staff of Theda Clark, Neenah ER, and 5th floor departments and all the dear friends of John who supported him and assisted with his care during his final years.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in John’s name to the Larsen-Winchester Lions Club P.O. Box 92 Larsen, WI 54947.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.    

Kari Bricco wrote on August 13, 2022
I have known and been helping Johnny out for about the last 2years. We learned a lot about each other over this time. I will sincerely miss our chats about family,politics, and other crazy events. Johnny always had a smile and we laughed a lot. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He surely will be missed.

Kris Orton wrote on August 13, 2022
John was a very special guy. He was an inspiration to so many. I always knew a call to John would be a fun one. Between catching up on family, the Packers, Nascar, women's fast pitch, he always had a good story to tell. I'll miss our talks, but rest in peace Cousin John, I'll miss you. ??

Steve Eichinger wrote on August 12, 2022
Dear June, so sorry to hear of John's passing. I knew him in grade school in Winneconne before I moved to Oshkosh in 1965. I still remember him after all these years.

Tim Hewitt wrote on August 10, 2022
Breaker family know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during the most difficult times Rip) John B.

Vivian voiss wrote on August 9, 2022
Dear June. Thinking of you and sending my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Vivian

Jon Hagen wrote on August 9, 2022
John..........I met you in your time of need on that June night in 1981. And you were there for so many kids in the P.A.R.T.Y. program, trying to help them avoid a similar (or worse) fate. I hope you are able to stretch your legs and go for a long walk as you explore heaven. Rest in peace.

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