He was born July 2, 1929, in Maquoketa, Iowa, and moved to St. Joseph as a child.
He is the son of Anna May (Barr) and John Kramer Musser. Upon his mother's death, John and his siblings were reared by their aunt and uncle in St. Joseph.
He and Charlene K. McMurry were united in marriage on Sept. 23, 1952, in St. Joseph, recently celebrating their 60th anniversary.
John began his 40-year career with the Burlington Northern railroad in 1951, retiring as Yardmaster.
In 1957 and 1958, John earned distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records, setting water-skiing records for distance and endurance.
John's biggest joy in life was his family, watching his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids compete in their athletics. Lovingly known as the "Fix-It Guy," he never met a project he would not tackle for family or friends. He and Charlene are members of Central Christian Church, and John is a veteran of the Army.
In addition to Charlene, he is survived by their four children: Barry and wife Lynn, Byron and wife Dee, Philip and wife Cathy, and Sandy and husband Jeff Greenfield. His grandchildren are Grover and wife Amy, Beau and wife Sarah, and Cy and wife Stefanie Musser; Brynne and Jayse Musser; Rachel, Luke, Seth, Jesse, Hannah, PJ and Caleb Musser; and John Greenfield. He also cherished his great-grandchildren Paige, Cade, Maggie, Lily and Jackson (due in March).
John also is survived by his sister, Ann Bally, and brother, Bob and his wife Mary Musser.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don Musser.
Visitation will begin after 12 noon on Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., with funeral services on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 1501 North Leonard Road. Mr. Musser will arrive at the church one hour before the services. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to AseraCare Hospice.