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Jon Hollingshead

August 7, 1940 ~ March 11, 2018 (age 77)

     Jon Hollingshead, 77, of the town of Sevastopol, left this earthly world on March 11, 2018, overlooking his meadow and woods. He was born on August 7, 1940 to John and Frances (Campbell) Hollingshead and grew up in Zion, IL.

     Jon graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 1958 and received his bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and his Master’s Degree in Science Education from National Lewis University. 

     Following his college graduation, Jon worked for the former Christian Catholic Church of Zion and was greatly influenced by his experiences with the Native Americans at Inscription House Mission on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

     Jon met his wife, Judy Johnson, while she was a student at Carthage College, and they spent nearly 49 lovely years together. They married on July 12, 1969, at Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay. 

     Jon was a well-respected teacher in the Deerfield Public schools for over 30 years. When the microcomputer came on the scene, Jon developed the computer lab at Shepard Jr. High School, and pioneered the Lego robotics program until his retirement in 2001.

     Jon received his amateur radio license, K9BIO, at the age of 13, and in the 1980’s, he wrote and taught Amateur Radio Courses at the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, IL. He was active in the Door County Amateur Radio Society, where he was the Treasurer for many years.

     Jon had a strong and insightful-filled faith. He was a member of the Jacksonport United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader and a staff parish leader. He especially valued the Adult Forum Group on Sunday mornings at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.

     Jon was truly a Renaissance man; he built his retirement home one board at a time, he was the host of the family annual 4th of July picnic, he mastered the art of the Door County fish boil, and he was a collector of maple sap that he boiled down into syrup. He enjoyed hiking with his dog, Daisy, playing the guitar and the banjo, and he appreciated all the silent sports of biking, canoeing, sailing and cross-country skiing.

     He absolutely loved sailing the Odyssey in the Thursday night Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club races, and though his Methodist team often came in last, they had the most fun of any boat. He skied the Birkebeiner race, and paddled in the Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon. His love of Door County was apparent as he was a former board member of the Door County Land Trust, and a lifetime member of The Friends of Toft Point, and The Ridges Sanctuary.

     Carrying on Jon’s delightful memory are his beloved wife, Judy; and his amazing children, Julie (Scott) Souza, and Thomas “Max” (Janelle) Hollingshead. He was the best Grandpa to William and Charlotte Souza, and Wesley and Amelie Hollingshead. He is further survived by a brother, Tim (Laura) Hollingshead, and a sister, Jill (Howard) Sadkin. Jon will also be missed by his brother-in-law, Bill (Kris) Johnson; and four lovely nieces, Allison Miller, Amanda Johnson, Abigail Smayda, and Emma Williams; great niece, Mia Williams, and great nephew Matthew Miller. Jon was preceded in death by his parents; and parents-in-law, George and Virginia (Wilson) Johnson.

     His life will be celebrated with a memorial service held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church with Rev. David Leistra officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the memorial service at church. Burial will be in Little Sister Cemetery in the Town of Liberty Grove.

     Memorials may be given in Jon’s honor to the Jacksonport United Methodist Church, the Door County Land Trust, or The Healing Project.

     “The Hollingshead family is grateful to Dr. Tomasz Michalski of the Door County Medical Center, Dr. Hedy Kindler of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Unity Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Jon.”

     Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Hollingshead family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jon may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Donations may be made to:

Jacksonport United Methodist Church (mail to: Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church)
836 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Tel: 1-920-743-3241

The Healing Project
P.O. Box 230, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Tel: 1-920-746-0726

Door County Land Trust
P.O. Box 65, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Tel: 1-920-766-1359

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