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John S. Carli Jr.

HURLEY, Wis. - John "Butch" Carli Jr., 74, passed away early Thursday morning, June 23, 2022, surrounded by his loving family, following a long fight with leukemia.

Locally famously known as Johnny Trash, he was born on Oct. 26, 1947, to John Carli Sr. and Patricia Vioski.

John attended Hurley schools, graduating from J.E. Murphy High School in 1965. Afterwards, he studied art in college before serving in the U.S Coast Guard from 1966 until 1970, and in the Coast Guard Reserves until 1972, receiving an honorable discharge.

He could always be found engaged in his favorite hobbies, like playing guitar, fishing, painting landscapes, and spending time with his family and friends, including Jim "Jimmy Lee" Czerniak and other past band members.

John was an amazing father, granddaddy, brother, uncle, and friend that touched the lives of so many with his support, stories, and musical talents.

John is survived by his children, Jim (Tina) Dunn, Port Huron, Michigan; Patricia (Brian) McKinney, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Rebecca (Brandon) Bjorkman, Kaukauna, Wisconsin; and John "Butch" (Emily) Carli III, Santa Barbara, California. He is also survived by his grandchildren John M. Carli, Terry (Nayah) Edyvean, Chris (Bryce) Edyvean, Daphne McKinney, and Miles Bjorkman; siblings Rick (Mary) Koski, Andrew Carli, and Mary (Fred) Scheppler; and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins, especially Mike (Nancy) Carli.

Besides his parents, John is preceded in death by his daughter, Jessica Carli; a sister, Rebecca Carli; and a brother, Jeff Carli.

John had decided to donate his body to science.

A celebration in memory of his legacy will take place at a later date.