John R. Shaver, 60

John R. Shaver, age 60, of Delano, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018, after a hard-fought and courageous battle with leukemia.

An open house gathering to celebrate his life will take place Sunday, Aug. 12 at the American Legion in Wayzata from 3 to 6 p.m.

John is survived by his parents, Richard and Eleanor Shaver; mother of his children, Maribeth Elsen; daughter, Cassandra (Joseph) Barten; son, Matthew Shaver; grandson, Vincent Barten; sister, Julie Zahrbock; brother, Scott (Cara) Shaver; beloved girlfriend, Nancy Brechlin; and extended family and many friends.

Loved ones will fondly remember John for all the moments he shined brightest: standing on top of the pitcher’s mound; teaching his son to throw a slider; strumming his guitar; exploring the North Shore with his family; reading mystery novels on the porch; telling funny stories with a perfect cadence; taking his best pup Zeke for a swim at the lake; talking sports and local gossip with his father; daily chit chats with his mother; and being a proud grandpa to Vincent.

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