John D. Petrin of Mora died on Saturday, April 18 at Kanabec Hospital in Mora. He was 73 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm. on Thursday, April 23, at Grace Lutheran church in Mora. VISITATION will be held on Wednesday, from 5-7 pm. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hr. prior to the service on Thursday at the church. INTERMENT will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mora, MN
John DeWayne Petrin was born in Aitkin, Minnesota on August 11, 1935 to John and Grace (Giesler) Petrin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended Onamia School and graduated in 1953. January 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged January 1957.
He was united in marriage to June Tatro on July 18, 1959 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. They made their home in Mora.
Growing up he helped with his parent’s milk route. During high school he worked at the Coop Station in Onamia. After the Army he worked at International Harvester in Minneapolis, an insulation company in Minneapolis, Dahlman’s in Braham, and then at EPC (then known as United Technology); where he retired from after 30 years. He earned his Tool and Die Makers Certificate while working at EPC (Amoco).
He loved his children and grandchildren, and always enjoyed their visits. Jesse would stop in often and play a game of SkipBo with Grandpa and Grandma. Jacob spent time with him when Grandpa couldn’t be left alone, and cared for him. Jeremy would call him about Nascar racing or with a “sick” joke.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard work and traveling with his wife and children, playing SkipBo, and watching Nascar racing. He was an avid reader and TV watcher.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, June; son Tim of St. Cloud; daughter Tracy Fore of Mora; grandsons Jeremy (Shirley) Fore of Staples; Jacob and Jesse Fore of Mora; great grandson Bryce Fore and step-great granddaughter Haylee Dicky of Staples; special niece Joyce Schmitt of Holdingford; sister Arlene Virnig of Hillman; plus many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services held on Thursday, April 23rd at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Douglas Larson and Rev. Brenda Wicklund officiated. Music provided by Betty Smith, Jacki Peterson and Mike Nelson. Pallbearers: Lee Forshier, Bob Richardson, John Reineccius, Marshall McGrew, Gary Seefeld and Ted Bankers. Honorary pallbearers are John’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Full Military Honors provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201.