John ‘Johnny’ Foley Jr.

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John “Johnny” Foley Jr., 82, of Warrens, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 with his granddaughter and 2 daughters by his side.

He was born on June 19th, 1938 to John and Dorothy (Smith) Foley Sr. in Savanna, IL. He was the youngest of 6 children. Two sisters and one brother died in infancy. John’s mother passed away when his was 13 years old and a short time later in 1951, his family moved to the Tomah area.

For the majority of his life, he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He drove endloader for RG Rezin and Sons, for 25 years and later for Gerke Excavating. When driving endloader that machine was an extension of his hands, the things he could make that machine do would raise the hair on the back of most people’s necks.

John was a hard worker who was always working or doing something, whether it be cutting wood, mowing lawns, plowing snow in the winter or working on his skid loader. When his girls were young, weekends were spent camping, fishing especially for bull heads or riding 4 wheelers, minibikes and snowmobiles in the winter and he always looked forward to each deer season hunting with his best friends “Fuzzy” and the rest of the gang. Most people who knew him, called him “Big John.” He was a gentle man with a laid-back personality. John was always willing to lend a hand and would give you the last dollar in his pocket if you needed help. He will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his daughters, Darlene Wood of Tomah, and Sheila Clark of Warrens, 3 grandchildren, Jason Fowler of Oakdale, Melissa Hruska of Tomah, and Crystal Clark of Warrens, 7 great-grandchildren, Emmanuel, Seth and Sean Fowler, Landon, Morghyn and Logan Hruska, and Makenda Krebs, a niece, Lorna McCarville, and her family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, 4 sisters, Betty Jane, Dorothy Mae, Irene Smith and Nellie Brown, a Brother, William Howard Foley, a brother-in-law, Charles Brown, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

At John’s request a private family burial will be held at a later date. He just wanted all who knew him not to be sad during this time, but please remember him as he was.

Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be offered to the family by visiting