John W. Sjogren

March 15, 1928April 30, 2013

John Wallace Sjogren, age 85, of Mesaba Ave. and Punta Gorda, Florida. John was born March 15, 1928to Fred and Agnes Sjogren in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Fairfax High School of Los Angeles in January 1945. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict. John earned a BA Degree in business and economics from UMD. He worked for Minnesota Power in Accounting and Finance for 36 years, retiring in 1988. He married Joan Carlson of Duluth on August 30, 1957.

John is a member of Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, Lake Superior Masonic Lodge of which he was a Past Master, Scottish Rite Bodies of Duluth and the Aad Temple of the Shrine. He is also a member of Lakeview American Legion Post of which he was a past Commander and the Society of the Forty and Eight. He was a past member of Ridgeview Country Club and the Duluth Curling Club. He was a member of the University for Seniors where he was a class leader in several classes dealing with WWII and Presidential Biographies. He is also a member of the Punta Gorda Elks Club and the Punta Gorda American Legion.

John had been active for many years in youth hockey and baseball as a coach, manager and director. He was President of Little League, Senior League and the Spirit of Duluth Hockey Tournament.

John is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Barbara Johnson.

John is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Sally Tarnowski of Duluth; son, David (Jane) of Eagen, MN; two grandchildren, Katie and Ben Tarnowski; brother, Tom (Judy); sister-in-law, Beverly (Jim) Anderson, all of Duluth.

Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, 2105 Woodland Ave. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Shriners Hospitals or Glen Avon Presbyterian Church memorial fund. To leave a memory of John or words of support for the family please visit


  • Visitation Monday, May 6, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 6, 2013

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May 4, 2013

Jon was my neighbor and I will miss him, he was a fine gentleman.
Terry Kaldahl

Gaynelle Johnson

May 4, 2013

Joan and Family, I'm picturing John and Ted Widdes now having coffee and reminiscing about old times in the Eighth Street neighborhood, where I first met each of them while delivering the mail. Those were wonderful days.
I'm sorry for your loss and I hope your memories will sustain you in the days to come.

Lake Superior Masonic Lodge

May 3, 2013

Sorry to hear of the passing of a brother. We will be remembering W.B. John at our meeting Monday night. Please let me know if we can be of assistance in any way. Sincerely, Gary Hage, Secretary, P.M., Lake Superior Masonic Lodge #349, Duluth (218-341-4536(c).

May 3, 2013

I tried to think of what I could write but nothing quite captures Uncle John's gentle heart and his quiet dignity. I will always remember his smile and quick wit. He had rows of books - history enveloping every corner of his library. One could tell immediately his love of learning and history. American military, in particular. He even remembered that "Lorena" was a popular Civil War era name in the South when he first my name. He sang the lyrics to the song - never one disappoint his audience. In one fell swoop, I was a fan. I remember the soft timbre of his voice as he related his stories. I don't know how because he was not showy, but he truly had a way of capturing your attention, didn't he? Tom loved his stories and the sense of history that were woven into them.

I am grateful for the privilege of having met Uncle John.

Lori Sjogren

May 2, 2013

My brother John (Wally, as I called him for many years, a name which he abhorred) was many-faceted; kind, humorous, very intelligent and well-read, patriotic and rightly proud of the accomplishments of his and Joan's children -Sally and David.

He and I were not always close but on many occasions throughout eight decades we really were good friends and not just siblings. I, Judy and our children will miss you very, very much.

With love,


Pete VanDerSchaegen

May 2, 2013

Joan, Sally and Dave: We are very sorry for your loss. He was a good man and neighbor; as were you all.
Pete, Janeece, Buff and Jeremy

Bill Cortes

May 2, 2013

John was aspecial friend begining back in the old youth hockey days and on.
Shared many good times together and often would get to talk about one of our favorite subjects....the Civil War. John was a founding member of the Sunday poker club...a gathering of old hockey friends who'd gather together on Sunday afternoon, play penny ante pocker and laugh and solve the world's problems. John's passing will never diminsh the friendship we all shared and the memories of which he was such a wonderful part. Rest well Friend and Peace to Joan and the Sjogren family. Bill Cortes

Anne Fisk

May 2, 2013

I have so many good memories of John. He was so loved and will be greatly missed. Love, Anne