Johnnie "John" Shogren

Monday September 2, 2019

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Obituary for Johnnie "John" E. Shogren

Johnnie “John” E. Shogren, 81-year-old resident of the Brainerd Baxter Area passed away peacefully after a long battle with dementia on Monday, September 2. 2019 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Oak Street Chapel. Visitation will be Friday evening from 4-7 PM at the Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center in Brainerd, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Mission Cemetery.

John was born on September 13, 1937 in Brainerd, MN to John and Gertie Shogren of Merrifield, MN. John had thoroughly enjoyed life with a kind word and smile for everyone he met. He had retired early from Potlatch paper mill after 33 years of service. During that time, he also had his construction business, Shogren Construction. His passion was music and playing the guitar. This had been a huge part of his life. He started out playing with family then continued playing in a band with friends. After retirement, John and his wife, Virginia enjoyed playing for their own personal enjoyment at their homes in Minnesota and Texas with family and friends. They also shared their talents at many dances for other people to enjoy. John also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, vacations and their winter get-a-aways.

John is preceded into death by his parents; his first wife of 39 years, Donna; son, Steven; brother, Carl; brother-in-law, James “Jim” (Geraldine “Gerry”) Stevens; sisters-in-law, Barb Hahnert, Deloris (Abas “Charlie”) Korchari.

He is survived by his second wife, Virginia Jourdan; daughter, Kari (Kurt) Thein; grandchildren, Alec Thein, Kristen Thein; brothers, Donald “Don” (Cindy) Shogren, Oscar (Laura) Shogren, David Shogren; sister, Dianne (Eldred) Warren; sister-in-law, Arlene Shogren; brother-in-law, Jerry (Agnes) Stevens; many nieces & nephews; Virginia’s family: mother, Agnes Siggerud; sister, Carole Bixby; daughter, Genell (Tom) Jacob; grandchildren, Jenny Knapp, Jeremy (Sarah) Jacob; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Violet, Harrison; and several nieces.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. The family will be making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are with the Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center in Brainerd.

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    Saturday September 7, 2019 |
    Oak Street Chapel
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    Saturday September 7, 2019
    A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Oak Street Chapel. Visitation will be Friday evening from 4-7 PM at the Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center in Brainerd, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Mission Cemetery.

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Thinking about our dear friends on this difficult day, you are so lucky to have such a fun loving Dad. We had a lot of fun getting to know him through the years at the lake playing dice with him beating us staying on 300! Who does that! I can't tell you how many times he would say to me, i am so proud of my daughter and her family. Parents don't say it enough but he didn't hesitate. You were so lucky to have such a kind hearted Dad in your life sharing and making so many memories, I pray those special moments bring your family peace and comfort when you are missing him most. All our love is yours at this hard time. Huggs to you all Kari, Kurt Alec and Kristen. Love you, Annette and Dan
Comment | Posted at 09:19am via Condolence

Teresa Joyce Brown

Beverly Young
Jimmy and I enjoyed many years of friendship and music with Johnnie and family. My condolences to the family.
Comment | Posted at 12:09pm via Condolence

Nancy Craig

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. it was fun to hear John and Virginia play it back home days in Williams Minnesota. God's peace
Comment | Posted at 03:22pm via Condolence

Nancy Craig

Play music at our Back Home Days in Williams,MN.
Posted at 03:26pm

Mary mcghee

Sorry for your loss Oscar and Laura it is a bittersweet because he’s with God and is free now will see you at theEnd of September love and miss you may God bless your Family
Comment | Posted at 11:56am via Condolence

Wes Blomberg

My condolences to your family. John was a good man and he will be missed greatly. I hope you find peace and can one day look back the many memories you have with him
Comment | Posted at 07:11pm via Condolence

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