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“When I came to the Twin Cities Plant John was one of the first person's I met here also love playing ball with John and Karen you will be missed...Read More »
1 of 69 | Posted by: Butch McDonald - Mille lacs Lake, MN

“I had the pleasure of knowing john, Karen and several of their friends. John was a rare bird, in the he was such a genuine "nice guy" (99 % of the...Read More »
2 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Too Young = Too Soon = A GOOD GUY TO WORK AROUND ALWAYS FUN AND INTERESTIHG TO TALK TO - - - DALLAS THE RATTTLER =FORD MOTOR ”
3 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“You were a great union brother in the fight at the work place. You will be missed deeply. Our deepest sympathy and rest in peace! Ron and Liz...Read More »
4 of 69 | Posted by: Ronald Caliri - Eagan, MN

“Karen and family: Our sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. I worked with John lots of years and so sorry to hear of his passing. Ron...Read More »
5 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Karen, If you need anything call. Sorry such a sudden loss. I love you. Donna Wahlstrom ”
6 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“This news saddens our family. I was in my late teens when I started hunting, John and his family where there for my first SD pheasant season. He...Read More »
7 of 69 | Posted by: Jesse Klaudt - Bismarck, ND

“Sorry to hear of John's passing . He was a very good man. ”
8 of 69 | Posted by: Daniel and Ann LaBelle - Harris, MN

“Karen and Family,John was a joy to be around. I value the memories and past hunts with Karen and John. I'm praying for you! ”
9 of 69 | Posted by: Scott Bursch - MN

“John, you were loved and respected by so many people, you will be sadly missed, RIP. Karen and all the Blackbird family, our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
10 of 69 | Posted by: Mike & Mary Nitti - Isle, MN

“Karen and Family, My deepest sympathies to you at this time of such great loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 69 | Posted by: Gary Witherspoon - Houston, TX

“My deepest sympathies. Very sad! Great loss. Praying for strength for Karen and family. I have such great memories of John and Karen! ”
12 of 69 | Posted by: Carmel Laney - Center city, MN

“Sorry for your lost ♡ Karen - He was such a very nice guye .... ”
13 of 69 | Posted by: Thomas and Petra Schoettler - FL

“Sorry for your lost ♡ ”
14 of 69 | Posted by: Thomas and Petra Schoettler - FL

“Karen and family, sorry to hear of John's passing. He was the reason for my involvement in the new Master Amateure organization. We are all blessed...Read More »
15 of 69 | Posted by: Bob Owens - Duluth, MN

“Jim, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was such a great man. May he rest in peace!DeDe ”
16 of 69 | Posted by: DeAnn Player - Woodbury, MN

“Sometimes we have the privilege in life to meet someone so well liked and respected, with class and character and we are all better off for having...Read More »
17 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Karen and family,You are in our thoughts and prayers through this most difficult time. Our deepest sympathies. John was a great man and will be...Read More »
18 of 69 | Posted by: Lance and Lori Olson - Columbus, MN

“We are thinking of the Blackbird family at this very sad time and mourning John's passing with all of you.With fond memories,Aunt Loreen Blackbird...Read More »
19 of 69 | Posted by: Loreen Blackbird Isaacs - Kingman, AZ

“To Karen and the Blackbird family condolences to you all. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
20 of 69 | Posted by: Craig Kessler - Minnetonka, MN

“Thank you John for all the good memories and training tips the laughs and stories gunning for us at the VHDF tests on the retriever grounds the...Read More »
21 of 69 | Posted by: Ed Erickson - Isle, MN - Friend

“He touched my life through his compassion during the master Hunt tests he judged when I ran Saxon. He gave me a lifetime memory when he selected us...Read More »
22 of 69 | Posted by: bonnie wright - ALTOONA, WI

“Jimmy so sorry to hear about your dad. May he RIP. Keeping you and family in our thoughts and prayers. Julie Pothen ”
23 of 69 | Posted by: Julie Pothen - Greenwood Village, CO

“Dear KarenI am so very sorry. I was very shocked when I was told. I will always treasure the memories of hunting out at the farm.Our prayers are...Read More »
24 of 69 | Posted by: A friend


25 of 69 | Posted by: R C

“John was a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle. He made such a difference in my life, and that of my children. We will always be proud that John chose...Read More »
26 of 69 | Posted by: Diane Kortus - Land O' Lakes, FL

“R I P dear sweet gentle man - so sorry Karen - you are in my thoughts and prayers ”
27 of 69 | Posted by: Jodi Wooding - Ellsworth, WI

“OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOURon and Carol Davis ”
28 of 69 | Posted by: Ron Davis - Lucas, TX

“We want to express our deepest sympathy to Karen and family. John leaves behind not only family and friends but a lasting imprint on the hunt test...Read More »
29 of 69 | Posted by: Tim and Judy Melham - Buffalo, MN

“Karen: May the love of family and friends surround you during this time of sadness. John was a wonderful person, a man you were glad to know. ”
30 of 69 | Posted by: Tom Dorn - Lakeville, MN

“So sorry to hear this. I met John and Karen during winter retriever training in GA. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
31 of 69 | Posted by: Elaine VanBriggle

“John you will be surely miss by all and a friend. we meet on the retriever ground you would help the MNVHDF club in our trials. ”
32 of 69 | Posted by: Tammy Mauricio - Brooklyn Center, MN

“John and Karen were the only people I knew in Minnesota when I moved here in 1986 (we met at Black Lake).They helped me find a place to live and...Read More »
33 of 69 | Posted by: Jay Humsey - Woodbury, MN

“Thanks John for being such a great Union man, great friend. Godspeed. Tom and Barb Laney ”
34 of 69 | Posted by: Tom Laney - COLFAX, WI

“John was a friend and mentor for me. Someone I have always looked up to who willing helped whenever asked. He always greeted me with a hug. My...Read More »
35 of 69 | Posted by: Lin Gelbmann - St. Paul, MN

“John will be forever missed by the entire retriever community that both he and Karen were a huge part of.Our deepest condolences to Karen and all of...Read More »
36 of 69 | Posted by: Randy & Mary Spangler - Mondovi, WI

“Our hearts are greatly saddened by the loss of dear John. A wonderful friend to all people and dogs alike.And a wonderful Ambassador to the Retriever...Read More »
37 of 69 | Posted by: Jerry and Judy Drum - Chilcoot, CA

“Karen and family, we are deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. He touched many lives and...Read More »
38 of 69 | Posted by: Bill and Joyce Barten

“John was a very special man and will be deeply missed by everyone he met and mentored.God bless you Karen and your family, you are in our thoughts...Read More »
39 of 69 | Posted by: Bruce Williams - Jordan, MN

“My heartfelt sympathy for the lost of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle. May cherishing memories of times spent with him soothe...Read More »
40 of 69 | Posted by: Judith

“Karen and Family I am so sorry for your loss ..John was a great guy ”
41 of 69 | Posted by: DOROTHY SOKOLOWSKI - SSP, MN

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Blackbird family. We lost a man that made many friends and was a huge advocate of the hunt test program. His...Read More »
42 of 69 | Posted by: Keith & Luann Kiesow - Neenah, WI

“Dear Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have been so blessed to have known John and spent time with the both of you. He...Read More »
43 of 69 | Posted by: Marta Duhon - Cuero, TX


44 of 69 | Posted by: Jace Tramontin

“John was a great man. My condolences to Karen and family. ”
45 of 69 | Posted by: Bob Haapala - Virginia, MN

“With my deepest condolences, may our thoughts and prayers be with you and your family. ”
46 of 69 | Posted by: Larry & Holly Blasbalg - RI

“Karen and Family:I want to let you know that I love you and John and am SO sorry for the loss to you and yours and the game he loved so much....Read More »
47 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“I have not been in the hunt test/dog world long, but I am truly blessed to have known John. He treated me as a lifelong friend the very first time we...Read More »
48 of 69 | Posted by: Paul Brady

“What a privilege and joy it was to call John my friend . Not surprising the first time I met John and the last time we were together was at dog...Read More »
49 of 69 | Posted by: Marion Woolie - Houston, TX

“I will always cherish the wonderful support that you gave to me and I will miss your great smile. Karen I am so sorry for your loss you had a special...Read More »
50 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“The Hunt Test world lost a great friend. Rest in Peace, John. ”
51 of 69 | Posted by: Dora Heffelfinger - Bear, DE

“We are so saddened to hear of John's passing. He was one of a kind, a man who was a friend to everyone. We were certainly happy that we could count...Read More »
52 of 69 | Posted by: Roger & Diane Wallner - Cohasset, MN

“The retriever sports will miss John's great talent & enthusiasm.Don DeZurikNew London, WI ”
53 of 69 | Posted by: - ID

“John saw you last week.you said you were doing good.See you one week gone the next thats terrible.To Karen and family.John will be missed.be strong...Read More »
54 of 69 | Posted by: Jerry Kortus - west st. paul, MN

“I'm so sorry for your loss Karen and family! I pray for his eternal rest with our Lord in Heaven and for your comfort and strength in this difficult...Read More »
55 of 69 | Posted by: Gary Mausolf - Tustin, MI

“My sincere condolences and thoughts are with the entire Blackbird family. John came to judge for the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California...Read More »
56 of 69 | Posted by: Lauren Bullock - Santa Ana,, CA

“So sad to learn of John's sudden passing-----I had the good fortune of buying an outstanding dog from him and Karen, and have been greatly blessed...Read More »
57 of 69 | Posted by: Bill Martin - St. Louis, MO

“Sympathy and Prayers from MaryAnnLeo Formerly from Arcade Dental Office. ”
58 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“To Karen and John's family... I can not express how saddened I am to hear of John's passing. It was a privilege to know him and call him my friend....Read More »
59 of 69 | Posted by: Robert Rascoe - Winston Salem, NC

“His tireless work to improve the hunt test game created open doors for many of us to walk through and enjoy it with our dogs. I am forever grateful! ”
60 of 69 | Posted by: Gail Kuklinski

“Thank you John for all that you gave to this world! It was truly our honor to have known you! You're dogs in heaven will be delighted to see you...Read More »
61 of 69 | Posted by: Nathan and Stephany Schmitz - MN

“Rest in peace, John.I feel blessed for having known you and feel honored to call you "friend".May God hold and help Karen and family in this time of...Read More »
62 of 69 | Posted by: Doug Asfaly - Andover, MN

“We remember John as a happy soul with a heart filled with love for Karen, his dogs, and his friends. We will surely miss him and all he stood for. ...Read More »
63 of 69 | Posted by: Terry Elliott - Battle Ground, WA

“Thoughts and prayer for Karen and family. John, I bet all your 4 footed pals that have passed greeted you. ”
64 of 69 | Posted by: Elaine Goodner - Portland, TX

“My condolences to the Blackbird family. John was very passionate about the retriever sports and a huge advocate of it as well. His passion, work...Read More »
65 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“The Retriever World has lost a tremendous advocate. He will be missed by many. GUNS UP John! ”
66 of 69 | Posted by: Mike Verdon

“Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my dear friend is no longer on this earth. As so many other have and will say, he was a mentor,...Read More »
67 of 69 | Posted by: Gordie Schlichting - Cold Spring, MN

“KAREN U HAVE OUR PRAYERS IN YOUR LOSS MAXINE & ELDON HUBER ”
68 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“We have lost a mentor and friend. Words cannot express my thanks or my sorrow. His integrity and our memories will last forever. You will always live...Read More »
69 of 69 | Posted by: Jace & Denise Tramontin - Iron, MN


John passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

John was a resident of Mora, Minnesota at the time of passing.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Wednesday, September 13 th , at the Church of St. Patrick, 3535 72 nd St., Inver Grove Heights. Visitation 4-8 PM Tuesday at Roberts Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights. Interment St. Patrick's Church Cemetery.

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