He was born in Kewanee, Illinois, in 1937 and was raised on a farm near Peterson, MN.
John is preceded in death by his mother, Aletha (Young); father, Lloyd; brothers, Richard, William; half-brother, James Garvalia.
He is survived by his partner, Greg Kobylinski; sister, Judith; brothers, Thomas (Jane), Edward (Deborah); sisters-in-law, Carol, Camille; as well as many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.
John graduated from the Minneapolis General Hospital School of Nursing. He worked at the hospital as a Registered Nurse and then became a Nurse Anesthetist. John worked with Dr. Claude Hitchcock and the Renal Transplant Program in its beginning stages at the hospital. The Hemodialysis Unit at the hospital was started in support of the Transplant Program. Dr. Fred Shapiro was the director and John was the manager of the Hemodialysis Program. John later became a Nurse Practitioner. He retired in 2011 after spending his entire career with the Nephrology Department at the hospital which later became the Hennepin County Medical Center. During his remaining years, he and Greg travelled extensively.
Service for John will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Kapala Glodek-Malone Funeral Home (7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope) Visitation starting at 11:00 am, Time of Sharing will be start at 12noon with lunch following.
Memorials may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation or to a charity of your choice.