John Antonio Vasconcellos Jr.

John A. (Jack) Vasconcellos, Jr.

Jack was born on March 23, 1919, in Jacksonville, IL, to John Antonio Vasconcellos, Sr. and Mary Frank Vasconcellos. He grew up in Bolivia, IL, where his parents owned the kind of country store that sold everything needed for rural life. He attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering. He married Dorothy V. Reeter in 1943 in Mt. Auburn, IL. During World War II, Jack served in the Army Signal Corp radar unit. He rose to the rank of Major, commanding a company of 350 men. Jack and Dorothy’s daughter, Mary Ann, was born in 1944 in Florida where Jack was stationed at the time.

When the war ended, the three of them moved to Milwaukee where Jack worked for several years for Allis Chambers. In 1957, they moved to the Chicago area where he worked for JSG, serving as a manufacturer’s rep to power companies in a 3-state region.

Jack retired in 1967 and moved to Dent, Minnesota, an area he loved from vacationing there as a child. For nearly forty years, Jack and Dorothy lived on McDonald Lake where he gained a reputation as the most skilled fisherman around. He fished for at least a short time virtually every day, and over the years, he dressed and gave away thousands of fish to friends and the elderly. The couple was active in the Dent United Methodist Church, and they always enjoyed entertaining and socializing with their many friends. Dorothy, his beloved wife and constant companion for 60 years, died in 2004, but Jack stayed on the lake until he was 89 years old, at which point he moved to Mill Street Residence in Fergus Falls. In 2014, Jack moved to Texas to be close to his daughter, Mary Ann and her family. He died on March 21, 2015, two days before his 96th birthday. He will be buried in Mt. Auburn, Il, alongside his wife and his parents.

Jack is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Bruce Dickson of College Station, TX, and by two granddaughters and their husbands and four great-grandchildren.


  1. I have been missing them both as our church is changing all the time and losing members like them is a change I don’t like. We have been thinking of you and we know how much you will miss him.

  2. Mary Ann, Bruce & Family,

    We are sorry to here of Jack’s passing. He was a kind, generous man and a wonderful neighbor! I’m sure your Mom is happy to have him by her side again! My folks thought highly of your parents.

    The Nygaards

  3. So sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Dorthy and Jack when I was a kid visiting them with grandpa and grandma Reeter in Dent. I remember the first ” monster bass” I caught was under Jacks tutelage. I’m sure it weighed at least 7 pounds- well maybe three but whose counting!! I will make sure I catch a slab crappie for him this spring. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Alan and Becky Reeter

  4. Such a wonderful man! The kindness, love and friendship Jack & Dorothy shared with our family won’t be forgotten.
    Wishing your families peace and love.
    Ken & Josie Hendrickx

  5. MaryAnn,

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I always enjoyed visiting with Jack and Dorothy up at Dent where the men went fishing. I have fond memories of many happy times together. I also remember Jack picking the bones out of the fish for Debbie to be able to eat it when she was very small. I’m sorry that we haven’t gotten to get together more. Please let us know when you are having the service in Mt. Auburn.

    Aunt Helen

  6. Our family has such fond memories of Jack. My boys looked forward to attending church because of him. They loved visiting with him & sharing hunting & fishing stories. I remember the letter he sent Ryan when Ryan shot his first turkey, Jack was so proud of him. He was such a kind & thoughtful man. Big hugs from our family to yours. He was a very special man.

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