|John Wolbeck, 56|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - John Wolbeck, 56, of Thief River Falls, died suddenly on Sunday, May 8, at his mother’s home near Mahnomen.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, May 13, 2005 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, in Thief River Falls, with Father Tim McGee officiating. Casket bearers included Randy Ayers, Bill Fogarty, Jerry Hesse, Travis Spencer, Lovette Spencer, Justin Spencer, Tom Wolbeck, Ricky Buschette, Brian Lehrer, Ray Stenmoen, and Kevin Kinsmen. The Knights of Columbus, the “card club” and his grandson Bradan were honorary bearers. Interment, led by Fr. Rick Lambert, was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaulieu.
John Edmund Wolbeck was born July 23, 1948 to Edmund and Alma (Toczek) Wolbeck in Detroit Lakes. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Mahnomen. John attended school in Mahnomen where he graduated with the class of 1966. After graduation, he attended college in Moorhead. Two years later, John moved to Thief River Falls, where he studied Aviation Mechanics.
In 1970, he was united in marriage to Suzzane Schaak. Upon completion of school, John began his employment with the Pennington County Highway Department as a mechanic and hauling gravel. He continued to work with the county for 23 years where he attained the position of Senior Engineering Technician.
In the early 1990’s, John began his career as a semi-trailer owner-operator. He purchased his own truck and transported fertilizer into Canada for several years. He spent five years employed by Transystems until recently when he purchased a new truck and began driving throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin hauling lumber.
John was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls and was active in the Knights of Columbus there. Over the years, he had been involved with the Sons of the American Legion, the Eagles and the Masons. He enjoyed motorcycles and was looking forward to riding the Honda he had just bought. John treasured his family. He greatly enjoyed spending time visiting with them and always looked forward to their annual winter card parties. His bond with his grandson, Bradan, was truly priceless. The memories of the two of them 4-wheeling, playing in the sandbox, and simply being together will be cherished always.
He is survived by his mother, Alma McMillan of Mahnomen; two daughters, Heather Wolbeck of Thief River Falls and Alison Wolbeck of Moorhead; a grandson; a sister, Marie (Ken) Lingle of Levittown, Pa.; and many other relatives and friends.
John was preceded in death by his father, Edmund, and step-father, Henry “Hank” McMillan.