John Wientjes, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at the Heritage House in Pequot Lakes.
John was born May 22, 1927, to Henry and Mary (Elbers) Wientjes. They farmed in Butler and then in Corliss Townships.
John was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945.
On May 28, 1953, John was united in marriage to Janice Steinbach. They moved to North Minneapolis after their wedding and then to Maple Grove before retiring to Big Pine Lake in Perham. They then moved to a condo in the town of Perham, and in January 2012, to an assisted living facility in Park Rapids.
John worked as a bus driver for the City of Minneapolis from 1954 to 1959, and then retiring in 1984 from Super Valu in Hopkins with 30 years of service.
John loved living at the lake. He never missed a fishing opener or a deer hunting opener until 2012, and in 2011, at age 83, showed us all he still had it in him by getting his deer. He went on many Canada fishing trips as well as duck hunting excursions in the Park Rapids area with his son, Ron and extended family and friends.
He enjoyed coming to Park Rapids to help on the farm and spent many hours in the tractor helping with fieldwork after he retired.
He loved playing cards, Schmier, Whist, and Hearts with family and friends.
Surviving John is his son, Ron (Barb) of Lindstrom; daughter, Kathy May of Park Rapids; three grandchildren, Dan (Gwen) May of Park Rapids, Brandon May (fiancée Ally) of Fargo, N.D. and Ashley May of Moorhead; two great-grandchildren, Derek and Evan May of Park Rapids; and one sister-in-law, Delores Minten of Perham.
Preceding John in death are his parents; his wife, Janice on Jan. 17, 2013; siblings, Pete, Sonny, Ursula, Della, Mary, and Gertie; and son-in-law, Bill Minten.
Memorial Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham with Father Matthew Kuhn officiating.
Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Perham.
We are thankful Mom and Dad are together again and at peace.
Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham is in charge of arrangements. 218-346-5175. www.schoenebergerfuneralhome.com.