Gesicki, John Raymond
John Gesicki was born in Poniatowski, Wisconsin on May 10, 1922, the son of John and Frances (Murkowski) Gesicki. He served in World War II in Italy, France and Germany, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was an Honorary Pallbearer at the funeral for General George Patton.
John Gesicki owned and operated Gesicki’s Store and Tavern and Moonlight Gardens in Poniatowski for over 50 years. His greatest claim to fame was that he discovered the geological 45 x 90 latitude and longitude mark, which is the exact center of the northern half of the western hemisphere. In 1969 Marathon County erected a marker and made the area a county park, the smallest in the state. Mr. Gesicki then started the 45 x 90 Club which gathered thousands of visitors signatures from around the world, thus enabling Poniatowski to be put on the official state map.
John Gesicki was a former treasurer of the town of Rietbrock. He was elected a member of the Marathon County Board in 1966, was chosen as vice chairman of the county board in 1973 and became chairman of the board in 1974-1975. An avid and enthusiastic supporter of good health services for the community, Mr. Gesicki was a member of the Health and Welfare Committee. He was a member of the board of directors of Wausau Hospital, Inc., chairman of the Marathon County Health and Resources Committee. In 1969 he served on the Health and Social Services Committee becoming chairman of the executive committee in 1971. He served on the Marathon County Social Services Board and in 1973 became chairman of the Social Services Board and Outdoor Relief Committee.
In 1974 Mr. Gesicki was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Marathon County Health Care Center. He was a member of the Wisconsin Health Policy and Planning Council, the Marathon County Economic Development Council, and chairman of the Marathon Counties Wisconsin Towns Association.
On October 12, 1946 John Gesicki was united in marriage at Poniatowski to Loretta Marth. In their marriage they were blessed with three children. Mr. Gesicki was an active member of the Polish National Alliance and the American Legion Post in Edgar.
John Gesicki died at Kennedy Park Rehabilitation and Medical Center on Schofield, WI on May 12, 1995. He is buried in Holy Family Cemetery in the town of Rietbrock, WI.
Health Services Proponent - Marathon County Board