Lau, John Kevil "Jack" Age 80, Minnetonka Beach.

Clever, funny, kind, and above all humble, Jack, it should be stated from the start, would not want us to be writing about him.

When not hunting upland game in Eastern Montana, or fishing for walleye in his favorite Minnesota lakes, Jack was content sitting in his chair reading about natural history, skeptically following the Vikings, complaining about milfoil, or spinning tales of adventures past to his four grandsons.

Born in Minneapolis, Jack grew up near Lake Harriet. He graduated from Washburn High School class of 1957 and attended the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

Jack and Cindy met at the U, married in 1963 and moved to Minnetonka Beach where they have lived ever since. Together they had two kids, Julie and Andrew, whom he adored and supported steadfastly. Jack and Cindy enjoyed skiing in the Rockies and trips to the sun with their fun-loving friends. As a family they spent many summer weekends together at their cabin on Big Sandy Lake. There, he fixed anything, fished and sailed, and front-flipped off his water skis.

Jack spent his career at WCCO TV as an Account Executive. When he wasn't messing about in advertising and sales, he could be found playing rugby - which he managed to do well into his 50's. He was a founding member of the Minnesota Rugby Club and ended his career with the Minneapolis Old Boys.

From Rudyard Kipling to Leon Redbone, peanut brittle to cheap onion dip, his '74 Toyota Landcruiser to long walks on the prairie, his golden retrievers to longtime dear friends - he was truly content with his rich and beautiful life.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents EvaMarjorie (Morris) Lau and William J Lau, brother Peter, brother-in-law Don Neary. Jack is survived by his wife Cindy; his daughter Julie (James Peale) and their sons Sullivan and Beckett (Portland OR); and his son Andrew and his sons Covey and Boon (Berkeley, CA); and by his brother Bill (Hackensack, MN) and his family.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held after the thaw.

Memorials preferred to Save the Boundary Waters - or Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest -

Published on January 12, 2020