John Stephen Preston, 96, of Grandin, North Dakota died August 27, 2021, with his wife of 74 years by his side.

John (Jack) Preston was born on September 2, 1924, in Bloomfield Township, North Dakota to Josephine Louise (Lula Waters) and Arthur McKinley Preston. John graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1943.

John married Margaret Rohman on April 9, 1947, at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro, ND. 

John was a lifelong member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

John is survived by his wife Margaret and their children; George (Jackie) Preston, Linda (Ronald) Ramirez, Frances (Jim) Bassett, Richard (Arlette) Preston, Kristie (Terry) Sauvageau, Dallas (Dana) Preston, John M. Preston, and his brother Duane Preston.

Grandpa Jack was loved by twenty-one grandchildren; Amber, Wade and Hillary Preston; Aaron, Kevin and Paul Ramirez, and Alexis (Ramirez) Baldera; Jason, Peter and Brian Bassett, Rachelle (Bassett) Gustafson and Emily (Bassett) Kalina; Chelsea Preston; Annie (Sauvageau) Condley, Katie (Sauvageau) Bradshaw, Joseph Sauvageau, Carmen (Sauvageau) Wade, and Ruthie Sauvageau; Brett and Jason Hewatt, and Robby Preston.

Great-Grandpa Jack is survived by 34 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Arleen Ann, his brother DeVere and a great grandson Preston Dale Bassett. 

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 31 from 6:00-7:00 PM followed by a prayer service.  A Mass of Christian Burial, was held Wednesday, September 1, at 11:00 AM. Both services were held at St Rose of Lima Church, Hillsboro, ND. Burial followed the service at St Rose of Lima Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at