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John ‘Jack’ E. Bakke, 88, Arizona

John “Jack” E. Bakke, 88, died May 19, 2015, at Gadsden Regional Hospital in Gadsden, Ala.
He was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Fargo, N.D., to Axel Harwick Bakke and Alice Katherine (McGuire) Bakke. After graduating from Montevideo High School in 1944, he served in the U.S. Army from June 21, 1945, to Dec. 7, 1946.
He married Dorraine “Buttons” Adeline Stemwedel on July 24, 1948, and they were blessed with five children, Joanne, Donna, Patricia, Dennis and Cindi.
Mr. Bakke was a businessman in Glencoe, owning a dress shop, Kerry-Jo Fashions, Kopy Kat Printing, Poppy’s Café with an arcade, and a farm business called Gem Laboratories. He was a member of the Glencoe Rotary, American Legion, VFW and Knights of Columbus. He was a professor and taught graphic arts at the Pima College. With his association with Montgomery Wards, Carlson Companies and Brown & Bigelow, he lived in many different states, including Texas, Arizona, California and Ohio. He purchased a farm north of Glencoe and enjoyed living in the rural area with his family. He then retired to Arizona and, when it got hot in Arizona, he summered in Washington state.
He is survived by his children, Donna (Kevin) Hartmann of Hutchinson, Patricia (Tom) Hauer of Darwin, Dennis (Linda) Bakke of Tucson, Ariz., and Cindi (James) Weber of Boaz, Ala.; grandchildren, Chad (Gina) Duehn, LeEtte (Andrew) Hoese, David (Lisa) Ford, JaNell (Todd) Ford-Sanchez, Dan (Toni) Ford, MeLissa (Marco) Medina, T.J. (Dee) Hauer, Tricia (Dean) Nilson, Brandy (Jared) Horstmann, Sara (Jeremy) Breiwick and Stephanie (Matt) Randt; and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter and her husband, Joanne and Ron Duehn; brother, Richard Bakke; sisters, Betty Eisenbise, Gypsy Nitschke and Patricia Leetsch, and many other relatives and friends.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date.