John Paul “Jack” Tuxhorn, a native of Nebraska, died on September 14, 2022 at the age of 73 in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Jack and his wife Janet had moved to Louisiana from Texas to be near her family a mere four weeks before. Through the years he made his home in many places from his hometown of Auburn, Nebraska to Geneva/St. Charles, IL to Lake Conroe, TX.

Jack was born on Valentine’s Day in 1949 to Helen Holz Tuxhorn and Rudolph Tuxhorn, the third of six children. After his high school graduation in Auburn, Jack did a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was stationed at Phú Càt Airbase. Later he finished his education graduating from Northern Illinois University. His work in the B2B world of the automotive parts manufacturing business moved him in 1996 from Illinois to Texas. He quickly adapted, loving and embracing the heat, Texas singer-songwriters, blues festivals and regular trips to the Gulf Coast. Soon, Jack eschewed meat and potatoes for shrimp and crawfish.

In 2009, Jack retired and he and Janet enjoyed entertaining company on the lake many weeks. He perfected his chef’s skills and held court with an open house every New Years Day amid football games, food and great neighbors. Books were re-introduced into his life when his weekly poker game soon doubled as a book exchange. He enjoyed watching Saturday football games on the dock with neighbors and having a bourbon nightcap on the back deck. His charm and wit endeared him to most everyone he met, particularly young children. Jack loved and was delighted by his 8 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews.

Surviving Jack are his wife of 17 years, Janet Noel Tuxhorn; a sister, Joyce Tuxhorn Matiyow (Larry) of Council Bluffs,Iowa; and, two brothers, Jerry Tuxhorn (Ramona) and Richard Tuxhorn (Holly) both of Auburn, NE. He was pre-deceased by his parents and two brothers, James Tuxhorn and Ronnie Tuxhorn.

As he is a United States Air Force veteran, Jack’s ashes will be interred in a National Veterans Cemetery in Zachary, LA. At a later date, memorials honoring his life will be planned in two locations, the Lake Conroe area and the Midwest. +

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