John Milton Kading, age 68, passed away suddenly Monday, March 18, 2013, near his beloved home in Chapala, Mexico.

John was born June 21, 1944, to Milton J. and Lillian L. (Bramer) Kading and grew up on a dairy farm near Lowell, Wis. He graduated from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School in 1962, Lakeland College in 1966, and Eden Seminary, Missouri in 1969.

John followed his father into Christian ministry, with his ordination as a United Church of Christ pastor taking place in June of 1969. John served churches in Elyria, Ohio; Lind, Wash.; Great Falls, Mont. and Butte, Mont. In 1991 John changed careers by attending The University of Montana Law School, graduating in 1994. He established his own law firm in Butte, focusing on social justice for several years.

In 2006 John and his wife Ruth fulfilled their dreams by retiring to a hillside home overlooking Lake Chapala, Mexico. John enjoyed an active retirement, volunteering his time at The Animal Shelter, Love In Action Children’s Home, the Lake Chapala Society, and overseeing the maintenance of his fraccionamiento.

John is survived by his wife Ruth of Chapala; his children, Jolaine (Jeff) Plant of Marysville, Wash. and Sean (Terrie) Kading of Santa Margarita, Calif., and stepson Scott Ward (Wendy) of Seattle, Wash.; his grandchildren, Alexis and Logan Plant, Jack and Ethan Ward; his mother, Lillian Kading of Elkhart Lake; three sisters, Virginia (Robert) Koepsel of Chippewa Falls, Marjean (Charles) Pountain of Elkhart Lake and Tina (David) Fritsch of Belleville; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He also will be missed by his dogs, Loco and Coki.

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