ROBERT JAMES JOHN, SR.Robert James John, Sr., 93, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in his home with the love of his life by his side.
Robert James John, Sr., 93, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in his home with the love of his life by his side.
Bob was born Oct. 2, 1918 to William and Myrtle (Doyle) John.
He graduated from Denfeld High School in 1936 and attended the Duluth Teachers College. He traveled worldwide while serving in the Merchant Marines during World War ll.
He married Ilah M. Brodin on Feb. 16, 1941 and together they shared 71 wonderful years.
Bob was a member of Glen Avon Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where he served on many boards and committees and proudly sang in the choir. Bob was employed for 42 years at DM&IR Railroad, working his way up to Manager of Personnel and retiring in 1982. His frequent comment, even after many years of retirement was "I can honestly say there was never a day I didn't enjoy going to work." Bob was an active member and often the chairperson of several organizations including Glen Avon Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, AAD Temple Shrine, Eastern Star, Presbytery of the Northern Waters, Gitchi Gummi Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America and was Post Commander of the Mark Christian American Legion Post. Bob loved music and played several instruments. He especially enjoyed attending the DSSO concerts with his wife. Another joy in his life was spending time with his family. He also had a passion for playing golf and bowling.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Melvin and Grace who died as small children and his brothers, William Jr., Lloyd and Ralph and a great grandson Joey Eschweiler.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ilah; sons Robert Jr. (Jane) of Marquette, Mich., Willard (Jan) of Circle Pines, Donald (Mary), Richard (Lynda) and daughters Linda (Gary) Simonsen and Pam (William Dale) Koivisto all of Duluth; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren with another due in July; brother Richard and sister Doris Tarnowski both of Duluth; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Monday, May 21, 2012 in Glen Avon Presbyterian Church 2105 Woodland Ave. with Rev. Robyn Weaver officiating. Entombment will be at Sunrise Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to Glen Avon Presbyterian Church or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.
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