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John Grassinger

September 17, 1932 — July 13, 2020

John Grassinger of Duluth, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 at age 87 with his family by his side, after a three-year battle with cancer.  He was born in Duluth, to Albert and Mary, on September 17, 1932.

John was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was a graduate from Denfeld High School.  He worked for the 148th Fighter Wing – Minnesota Air National Guard for 38 ½ years, where he was known as the penguin.

He enjoyed talking with new people, wood working, fishing, and most importantly spending time with his family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; and sisters, Mary, and Shirley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Delores; children, Nancy, Jodi (Craig) Brecke; grandchildren, Kurt, Sarah Pohl, Michelle and Adam Brecke, Derek and Sean Jones; great-grandchildren, Ara and Orion Pohl; brother, Bob; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family would like to thank all the Infusion Nurses at Essentia Oncology and RN’s Cody and Shawna in the CICU on his last days.

Memorials can be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555.

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