John Edward LetourneauJohn Edward Letourneau, 80, of Duluth, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 40 years to the day after his beloved wife, Diane.
John Edward Letourneau, 80, of Duluth, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 40 years to the day after his beloved wife, Diane.
John was born June 26, 1933, in Duluth, to Arthur and Alice Letourneau, the fifth of nine children. On Oct. 1, 1955, John married Diane Rosemary Tarnowski, the love of his life, in Duluth. They raised four children together until her untimely death in 1973.
John grew up in the shadows of the ski jumps at Chester Bowl and took up ski jumping at an early age and actively competed locally and around the country thru his late teens. On Sunday, Feb. 22, 1948, the First National Junior Ski Jumping Tournament in history was held at Chester Bowl in Duluth with 2,500 spectators on hand. John took 1st place in the class B division, he was only 14.
John was a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for 10 years. He worked 20 years for the D.M.&I.R. Railroad and 15 years for Como Oil Co. In the early 1980's he formed various construction and service companies that operated in and around Duluth for the next 25 years.
John had many accomplishments over his lifetime but none meant more to him than his children. John grieved the loss of Diane every single day over the last 40 years but is now with her once again.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane; parents Arthur and Alice Letourneau; brothers Arthur Letourneau Jr,, Donald Letourneau and Phillip Letourneau; and his sister, Mary Joan Armstrong.
John is survived by his children, Natalie (Ryan) Sjoberg, Edward (Carolyn) Letourneau, Robert Letourneau and John Letourneau Jr., all of Duluth; brother Mike (Denise) Letourneau of Duluth; and sisters Kathleen (Peter) Tobias of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Dorothy Hughes and Phyllis (Robert) Galarneault, both of Minneapolis.
The family wishes to thank the following for all the years of excellent care John received: St. Luke’s hospital, St. Luke’s hospice, Dr. Kurt Kamper, Dr. Sandy Popham and Fresenius Medical Care - Duluth Dialysis.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Dougherty Funeral Home Chapel, and 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, Dec. 19, in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Duluth.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., Duluth, (218) 727-3555. www.doughertyfuneralduluth.com
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