John Bongaarts, 82

John Phillip Bongaarts, age 82, of Delano, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m Wednesday. Dec. 1, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Delano.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 with a 3:30 p.m. rosary service and an 8 p.m. prayer service in St. Martha Hall of St. Peter’s Campus.

Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. in St. Martha Hall prior to the Mass.

Mass of Christian burial will be live-streamed on the Iten Funeral Home YouTube page.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

He was born Jan. 14, 1939, to Phillip A. and Josephine (Gehlen) Bongaarts in Glencoe. He was an only son, surrounded by five sisters on the family farm. He attended Kimball High School where he played clarinet and was crowned prom king his senior year.

In his early years, he worked at Univac as a technician and sold Conklin products on the side.

John and Donna met on a blind date, married in 1964, and lived in south Minneapolis.

He started Wheels Westward in 1976, and moved the family to Delano. He was an active member in Delano’s business community, and is still known as the go-to for people needing RV repairs.

John was a loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. John enjoyed spending time with family, and was a thoughtful, friendly spirit who always had time for conversation.

He looked forward to his yearly fishing trips to Trout Lake, family camping trips, and loved to play 500 and read.

John was an active member of St. Peter’s Church and Cursillo; his faith was an important part of his life.

After Donna passed away, John met Judy and they married in 2012. As a couple, they enjoyed trips to Florida, Arizona, and Branson, MO. They spent many nights with friends and family playing their favorite game, Pegs and Jokers.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Donna (Erickson); stepson, Kenneth Waddell; step-son-in-law Joe Kvasnicka; parents, Phillip and Josephine Bongaarts; sisters, Phillis (Francis) Bruns, Beatrice (Robert) Kurkowski, Bernice (Joe) Masberg, and Mary Jo (Francis) Logeais.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Waddell; children, Rebecca (Dan) Saad, Phillip (Kristi), Karen (Shannon) Dullum, Sheri Bongaarts; stepdaughters, Kim Curtis, Kelly Higgins, Kari Kvasnicka; 11 grandchildren; sevent step grandchildren; and sister, Janice (Jim) Dircks.

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