John Cuson Jr., 1928-2019

John Cuson Jr., 90, of Mill Creek, IN, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at his home.

He was born Nov. 2, 1928, in Liberty Township, IN, the son of John H. Cuson and Victoria H. (Wozniak) Cuson.

On Oct. 14, 1950, in LaPorte, IN, he married Mary Louise Kessler Cuson, who preceded him in death Oct. 16, 2017.

He is survived by his three sons, Joseph T. (Joan) Cuson of Rolling Prairie, IN, Jim O. (Sandra) Cuson of Mill Creek and Jerry R. (Lori) Cuson of Mill Creek; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by both his parents and son, John E Cuson.

“We tend to become like those we admire.” — Thomas Monson

John was a person to admire. He lived a life that many would consider simple. He took pleasure in small things: his community and its history, the farm, his family and cherry pie. He led the family in a strong, silent way. By doing this, he raised a family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are strong-willed, independent and hard workers. He knew when to stand strong and when to back down. One thing he did not know how to do was cook. Luckily, he had a mother and eventually a wife who knew how to do exactly that and they graciously took on the task. His mother had a love of history that he inherited. He could tell you anything about the Mill Creek area and LaPorte County. He was a wealth of information and very involved in his community.

John served on the Sauktown Cemetery Board for many, many years, eventually retiring in 2018. He was also a bus driver for years in the times when he could have the kids push the bus if it got stuck in the snow (which he often did). Anyone who ever had the pleasure to ride his bus knew two things: he loved the kids he “hauled,” and if you saw his toothpick switch from one side of his mouth to the other, you were in big trouble. He loved nothing more than filling his family’s ears with stories of the area, the neighbors and bygone days that he missed. His knack for remembering names and dates was uncanny. With his loss, so goes many of those memories. Luckily, he has spent countless hours passing these stories on so that the family can keep his storytelling tradition going.

The farm. That’s what we’ve all always called it. It is the epicenter of our family. It is a business, yes, but it is also home. It is where we grew up. It’s where most childhood memories were made. He farmed his whole life. He could remember farming without tractors. He could remember farming during the war when resources were limited. He could remember getting the farm’s first tractor. When he was not able to go out and help, he made sure his chair was facing the shop so he could watch what the guys were doing. He lived and breathed farming. He said that during the Great Depression, as long as you had a farm, you didn’t starve. He also said that on a quiet summer night, if you stood very still in a cornfield, you could actually hear the corn grow. We have no doubt that we will all be spending some summer nights in fields this year, just listening to the corn grow.

John adored his family. He and Mary created a beautiful life together. They raised the boys on the farm. On those early mornings when chores needed to be done, he would wake the boys by singing, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” at their bedroom doors. For his grandchildren, he had birthday spankings and pranks. For his great-grandchildren he had hugs and candy. He was loving, funny, accepting, and could get you to stop whatever behavior he didn’t like with a look. No words necessary, just a look. But something tells me that whatever behavior earned “the look,” was probably something he laughed about later. Since his beloved Mary’s passing, he has missed her tremendously. The family is comforted by the fact that he is with her once again.

He knew and cared deeply about all of his neighbors. They weren’t just people he lived close to; they were friends, they were family. Anyone who knew John admired him. His loss leaves a hole in the family and all of Mill Creek. He was our rock, our leader, our role model, our mentor and our friend. He led a life of integrity and compassion. The lessons he taught and the knowledge he imparted will be carried on through the generations.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Thursday, May 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 17, from 9 to 10 a.m. A life celebration will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Howard Simmons officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sauktown Cemetery, 8790 E 150 N, Mill Creek, IN 46365.

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7 Responses to “John Cuson Jr., 1928-2019”

  1. Lynelle Troyke

    May 13. 2019

    A beautiful obituary for a beautiful man. The only thing I would add is how he loved to read and to tell the tale of how we are related to Zane Grey. Rest in peace, Cousin Johnny.

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  2. Pat Hannon

    May 14. 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Our families have had a connection going back into the 50’s when the Cuson and Hanrahan families were neighbors. I have great memories of all of you. God Bless

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  3. chrissy

    May 14. 2019

    this is one of the most beautiful obituaries I have ever read. I did not know Mr. Cuson but I felt like I did after reading this. It is heart warming and comes from people who truly did know and love this man.

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  4. Carl & Judy Johnson

    May 14. 2019

    My mother side of the family was related to the Cuson”s. I remembered his father. Sorry to hear about the passing.

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  5. Ray Borkowski

    May 15. 2019

    John was my bus driver and I also worked on the farm bailing hay for $2 an hour. The real payoff was at the end of the day when Mary would prepare a meal for the family and help. Wonderful people. May they enjoy eternal life together.

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  6. Deb Weisenberger (BLINT)

    May 16. 2019

    JIM AND FAMILY ,I’m so sorry for ur loss of ur Dad, he was a very good man.I enjoyed talking too him .Ur folks were wonderful people. Him and I always talked about farming or him driving school bus.He will greatly be missed. May God be with you all in ur time of need. I enjoyed both of ur folks.friends always Deb Weisenberger (Blint).Peace be with all of you!!

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  7. Jeff Barnard

    May 18. 2019

    John and Mary were a truly wonderful and sincerely loving couple. They were also devout grandparents indeed. To the family- I am so very sorry for your loss.

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