Hastreiter, John "Jack" R. Age 75 of Deephaven. After a 9-month battle with cancer, Jack died peacefully on May 20, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones, having received the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. He was born in Honolulu, HI February 8th, 1942 to his his parents who have preceded him in death, Rolland and Marjorie (Goodwin) Hastreiter. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 51 years Didi; 3 children, John (Karen), Erich (Rachel), and Kimberly Croucher (Nick); 15 grandchildren, Rachel, Maximilian, Anthony, Celine, Charles, & Sean Hastreiter; Benedict, Luciana, Genevieve, Nicolette, and Baby Boy Hastreiter; Stanley, Quentin, and Eloise Croucher, and 2 sisters; Caryl Djuric & Laurie Trail. Jack graduated from Punaho High School, Hawaii, in 1959. He received an appointment to the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1966 with a degree in Engineering and Mathematics. It was during his enlistment that Jack converted to Roman Catholicism from atheism. On June 8, 1966, he married Cordelia (Didi) Foote. He became a Naval Pilot, attaining rank of Lt. Commander, operating P-3's, Jets, and Piston Aircraft. In 1976 he became a commercial pilot for Western Airlines (later Delta Airlines); he flew B-727's, DC-9's, and B757/767's. After retiring from flying in 2002, he became an instructor for Delta. He worked as an instructor with both Delta and also as a B-787 instructor for Boeing. Jack enjoyed running, weight lifting, football, good cheese, and beer - not necessarily in that order. He always had on hand Elf cream soda or Summit for guests. Above all, Jack is remembered for being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and devout Catholic who went to daily Mass with his wife for the last 20 years, and was consecrated in Schoenstatt. In lieu of flowers; memorials preferred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105, Miles Christi Religious Order: 25300 Johns Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178, and Schoenstatt on the lake: 27762 Co Rd 27, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 11am, with a visitation one hour prior at St. John the Baptist church, 680 Mill St., Excelsior. There will be a wake Tuesday, May 23 from 5-8pm at Huber Funeral Home's Excelsior Chapel. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Excelsior Chapel (952) 474-9595 huberfunerals.com

Published on May 23, 2017

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