John J. Hoscheit, 55, of Onalaska, Wis., beloved husband, father and friend, died unexpectedly at a Tractor pull on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, doing what he loved.

He was born Dec. 18, 1957, in Caledonia to Paul and Gertie (Schwartzhoff) Hoscheit. He graduated from Caledonia High School.

After high school, John attended Western Technical College (WTC) in La Crosse, Wis., and graduated with a degree in auto mechanics.

John married Jodi Wuske on Jan. 22, 2000, and became father to Amanda and Rachel. In 2011, he graduated with high honors from WTC with a degree in horticulture and was employed by Bauer's Market in La Crescent.

John loved tractor pulls and won many trophies; the most recent, a second place in Friday night's pull in Newry, Wis. John was a Wisconsin Master Gardener and was known for his 14-ft. tomato plants.

He was a member of the God's Country Racing Association and could build a mean racing engine. He had also restored a classic Porsche.

Survivors include his wife, Jodi of Onalaska; daughters, Amanda (Wade) Brown of Onalaska and Rachel Hoscheit of Marshfield, Wis.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Brown; and the "Tadpoles."

He is further survived by two brothers, Robert (Karen) Hoscheit of Caledonia and Earl (Agnes) Hoscheit of Turtle Lake, Wis.; two sisters, Mary (Dave) Smith of Onalaska and Janice (Richard) Larson of Eagan; and many other family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Joseph, and a sister, Rita McNamara.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 West Ave. S., La Crosse. Pastor Roger Sachs will officiate. Friends may call on the family from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to time of services Saturday at the church.

The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.schumacher-kish.com.