Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN

Rock-Ingebrand • Braham, MN

Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121



John McCallum, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his home.  He was 50 years old.

PUBLIC VISITATION will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and again 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

with the current health concerns, the family wishes to express their complete understanding of those who are hesitant to attend the services for John. Please be safe during this time and express condolences to the family via online comments, cards, and phone calls.

Due to covid-19 restrictions and the limited space at the church, the funeral service will be private and by invitation only.  The service will be streamed for remote viewing at https://youtu.be/Gnt-NK9uAc0

INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

MILITARY HONORS will be provided by the Ogilvie American Legion.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for John. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.

John William McCallum, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his home. He was 50 years old.

John was born on October 8, 1970 to parents Lyle and Anna May (Schmitz) McCallum. He grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota, attending St. John’s the Baptist Catholic School. In 1980, the McCallum family moved to Tempe, Arizona for a short time before moving back to New Brighton, Minnesota in 1981. John moved to Lewis Lake and attended Ogilvie High School, where he met his future wife Jennifer Burk, graduating in 1989. Following high school, John joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1989. When he returned from his service, he held various positions including landscaper, tree farmer and semi driver, but eventually made a career as a Union construction laborer.

John and Jennifer were married on August 22, 1992. Together they had 7 children, Steven, Natasha, Laura, Sophia, William, Genna and Amelia. John lived an adventurous and creative life – his zest and enthusiasm for it was indescribable. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, agate searching, fishing, Minnesota Vikings, lake life, fishing, boating, listening to music, fishing and spending quality time with his many friends and family. John found his favorite spot to relax and fish was at the Dam. He enjoyed many things in the great outdoors, including the beauty of a simple sunrise and sunset. Vigorously whipping the kids around on tubes behind the boat gave him great satisfaction. He also took pride and joy in the love for his Javelin. He went through transmissions and tires faster than they could change them.

John always made people laugh by using his imagination to joke around with friends, sometimes using props or whatever it took to get a good laugh. John was always that friend who laughed at your joke even when nobody else laughed; he truly had a great sense of humor. He was also the first guy to show up to lend a helping hand when anything was needed. He was endlessly generous and unquestionably supportive. If you met John, you met a lifelong friend! He made it his mission to make people smile whether it was creating a Party Barge where everyone gathered, or inventing and hosting the annual Pickle Fest. In the winter he would have a skating rink, barrel fires, an ice carousel, plowed ice roads for all to use and carved beautiful snow sculptures with his masterpiece being the Vikings Norseman, which landed him a spot on the Channel 9 news. John’s many talents included creating beautiful pieces of art using old barbed wire, rusty hinges, or anything he could repurpose for his projects. John’s many creations are displayed both inside and outside at many of his friends and family’s homes. John leaves behind a legacy of love for his “special needs” birds and animal friends (Woody Wood Pecker, Peggy, Extra Crispy and the infamous Dr. Ducktavious to name a few). When it came to going for drives, Doctor got the specially made pedestal on the passenger seat.

He spent his last days in the company of all of his friends and family doing his favorite things. John will be missed for his infectious energy, big smiles, heartfelt hugs and selfless personality. John shared his steadfast faith with everyone through his journey and was truly an inspiration to many. He knew this cross was given to him to bear, and he carried it with dignity and never once complained. John lived and loved to the fullest and he never stopped living, until he stopped living. He was a gracious, faithful and wonderful father, husband, son, brother and friend. We are all left with love and beautiful memories, he will be missed dearly. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate

John is preceded in death by his father Lyle, son Steven, and father-in-law Steven Burk.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer; children, Natasha, Laura (Jack) Renze, Sophia, William “Willy”, Genna, and Amelia; mother Anna May; siblings, Kathleen (Randy) Blomquist, David (Joy), Larry (Barb), Marilyn (Jeff) Brandt, Reverend Dougald, Paul (Joan), Richard, Rose (Bob) Schludt, Ed (Sandy), Sheila, and Joseph Matthew; mother-in-law Kathy Burk; father-in-law Dan Michael; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joey (Tonya) Burk, Jeremy Burk, Danny (Misti) Michael, Michelle (Quentin) Busitzky, and Bretta (Brandon) Schindele; as well as countless other relatives and friends.

16 thoughts on “JOHN McCALLUM”

  1. So so so very sorry for your Loss he was a great great man he will be missed thoughts and prayers with you and your family

  2. So sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed seeing John and family come in to the Paradise Theatre. My prayers are with you and your family. Norma Heggernes

  3. Jenny and family
    So sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man. I remember is riding the bus together. Fun times.
    Jenny if you need anything please let me know. Love you

  4. We only spent one weekend with John when he came paddle fishing with our uncle however he made an amazing impact on all of us! Such a kind man. We are grateful to have gotten to meet him and for the memories we made. Our thoughts and prayers.

    {The Tott’s}

  5. Our deepest sympathies…even though we have not been here on Knife Lake very long we had the pleasure of meeting John and getting to know him ..he was always smiling !!! Blessings to you Jen and the children!
    RIP John…Laura & Brian Briggs

  6. John was an incredible brother, always supporting me in my “big” life decisions and encouraging me to follow my heart. And he was there to help me when I needed it, like putting his carpentry skills to use – doing so with the perfection and speed that characterized John! I think of him when I enjoy the glass door he and Richard helped me put in my house in April 2019. Thank you, John! I miss you, but I’ll see you later!

    Pray for us, John!

  7. John was, and still is, a warm and kind, humorous soul who is always eager to help. He was amazingly creative and fun to be around. He touched many lives. He accepted the cross of ALS so graciously. He was a man of faith. John, you will be missed by many. We thank God for the gift of knowing you! We look forward to meeting you again in eternity. Until then, watch over and pray for us!

  8. It is very rare in life that you meet someone truly special. Someone that every time you see them they make you feel good and appreciated. A true rarity amongst humans that should be celebrated and honored. John had this nailed. I don’t believe he even had to work at it, it just came natural. John will be sorely missed but his life celebrated by all of us that are better people having known John.

    Condolences to Jennifer and all of John’s family.

  9. Anna, Losing a child has to be the hardest thing for a mother to bear, Mike and I are so sorry for you and your family has had to go through this loss. We know your heart aches and we pray your faith will guide you through this. Sheila, A big warm hug from us both. It looks like your brother touched so many lives with so many joyful moments. we are sorry for your loss.

  10. John was an amazing man! His smile and energy made everyone around him enjoy his company. He will definitely be missed by many. Prayers for Jenny and the family!

  11. What can we say. So sorry for your loss. John was an extraordinary man. He had great love for his family and friends. He was talented in so many ways and touched the hearts of so many. Denny knew him for many years. I only knew him for a short time, but in that time I found a friend who always gave me hugs and made me feel welcomed. He will surely be missed but never forgotten. RIP JOHN UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. Prayers to your family. If there is anything we can do, do not hesitate to let us know.

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