John Carl Yellstrom

John Carl Yellstrom, 77, of Howards Grove, formerly of Merrill, Wisconsin, died at his home on October 8, 2022. John was born on January 15, 1945 to the late Carl and Adeline (Schroeder) Yellstrom.  He was raised by the late Emil and Mildred Ricci of Merrill, Wisconsin. He attended Schultzspur School through eighth grade and graduated from Merrill High School in June of 1963. After graduation John, enlisted in the Army National Guard and served 2 years.  John was an active Army National Guard member until 1971.   On June 10, 1967 John was united in marriage to Sonya Gustavson.   John enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his three grandchildren whom he bragged about every chance he could get.  He was a member of the National American Legion and was proud of his service to our country. John worked for Northern Auto Supply as a regional sales manager for 25 years.  He moved to Howards Grove in 2005 to be closer to his daughter and granddaughter after the death of his son-in-law, David.  He also worked for Bell Tape Company for 2 years prior to his retirement.

Survivors include:  one brother:  Louis(Sally) Yellstrom of Merrill, WI; three children: Kathy(Ryan) Herzog of Plymouth, Mark Yellstrom of Howards Grove, and Erik Yellstrom; finacee’ Jodi Ledger of Milwaukee. John is also survived by his three grandchildren:  Brandon and Madyson Yellstrom of Milwaukee; and Anna Depping-Herzog of Plymouth. He was preceded in death by his step-parents:  Emil and Mildred Ricci as well as his step-sister Leota Davis of Merrill, Wisconsin

Funeral services will be held on October 15, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Saron United Church of Christ in Johnsonville. Pastor RaeAnn Beebe, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.  Cremation will take place following the service and inurnment will be in Saron UCC cemetery. Friends may call at Saron United Church of Christ from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, on October 15, 2022 until the time of services. Military rites will be accorded by the Franklin American Legion Post #387 following the service. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit

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