John was born in Fort Bragg, California, 16 minutes after his identical
twin brother, James. His family moved a lot, so as a child he lived in
Kearsarge, Michigan; Brewster, Massachusetts and finally ended up in Horicon,
Wisconsin. John graduated from Horicon High School in 2001 and went on to
college at the University of Minnesota. There he was a member of the University
of Minnesota Marching Band and various pep-bands playing the tuba.
John graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary
Science. Upon graduation he served an internship and started full time
employment at Patton-Schad Funeral Homes, in Sauk Center and Melrose,
Minnesota. After learning as much as he possibly could from some amazing
teachers, in 2006 he accepted a position at Mueller Mortuaries, in St. Paul and
White Bear Lake, Minnesota. In 2008 John moved his employment across St. Paul
to Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, St. Paul-Midway and Shoreview,
Minnesota. In 2014, John was invited to join the staff at O’Connell Family
Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Hudson, Wisconsin, where he worked
until 2023 when he joined Simonet Funeral Home.
John and his wife Jennifer, have a son, Alex, a daughter, Lauren, and a
pug named Oreo. When
away from work, John enjoys spending time with his family, listening to all
types of music, attempting home improvement projects and catching an occasional
Gopher football game. His NFL allegiance aligns with his late father’s Detroit
Lions. John continues to play the tuba whenever he can with the University of
Minnesota Alumni Band and the St. Croix Central Alumni Band and Joyful Brass
out of Hammond/Roberts, Wisconsin.