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John "Jack" Prospero


January 9, 2018

HURLEY, Wis. - John "Jack" Prospero, age 91, of Hurley, died on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Hurley. He was born Nov. 2, 1926 in Bessemer Township, Mich., the son of the late Louis and Catherine (Buddle) Prospero.

Jack graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley. He was a U.S. Army Staff Seargent and was discharged on Oct. 22, 1971. Jack was the Iron County Clerk of Court for 18 years, retiring in 1988. Since 2006, Jack was a member of the Iron County Board of Supervisors. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley and the Hurley American Legion. Jack was a member of the Hurley Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and Eagle Bluff Country Club.

Jack loved to golf with good friends, Al Rye and Dr. Lepore. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by his two nieces, Paula (Dan) Barbacovi of Bessemer, Mich., and Marci (Chris) Knight of Virginia, Minn; his great nephew, Michael Barbacovi of Bessemer; and two great nieces, Crystal and Melissa Barbacovi, both of Bessemer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Prospero on April 3, 2004.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. Fr. Frank Kordek, OFM will be the celebrant. Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 58 and the VFW Post 1580, combined Honor Guard of Hurley. Jack's family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the mass at the church on Friday. Inurnment will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Hurley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hurley Lions Club or the Hurley Food Pantry.

The family would like to thank Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, the Villa Maria Nursing Home for their wonderful care.

Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit


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