John Patrick Vosburgh

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Friday May 03, 2019

11:00 AM

New Creation World Outreach Church

1124 North River Drive, North Mankato, MN, USA

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John Patrick Vosburgh passed peacefully in the night while being surrounded by those who loved him, after a long time battle of health issues related to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Despite his chronic illness, he never stopped living life to it's fullest. He had a heart for adventure and never set limits to what he could do. He also had a heart for God, family, and friends. Even through the worst you would often find him putting a smile on and giving encouragement to those around him. To many, he was the strongest yet kindest man you would meet.
John spent many years traveling. In 1985 one of those adventures took him from Minnesota to Alaska, where he lived for 20 years raising a family.
John was preceded in death by father Richard Sr., brother Richard Jr., and newphew Rick Vosburgh.
He is survived by his mother Marion Vosburgh, his siblings MaryJane Ommen, Margaret (Billie) & Marty Lee, Patricia & Kevin Bores & sister in law, Carol Vosburgh. Also, his step-son Paxton Hofmeyer & grandchild Kerstie, Daughter Breeanna, her husband Jesse Bateman & their four children Elizabeth, Ethan, Autumn & Josiah.
Published on April 27, 2019
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Bernadette Herzog
May 20, 2019
My sincere condolences and prayers for John and his family. Such a wonderful person. He will be missed.
Kevin Kennedy
May 12, 2019
John, All though it's been a few years since we've talked, Your name comes up all the time, and I laugh every time, and I always will. Why you, Pat or I didn't get killed up on the iron range is beyond me. Between that saw mill and the little fork flying circus None of us should have walked away. Olaf slinking out of his place with stuff falling off the back of his truck. I don't care who you are, that was funny stuff right there. You be missed old friend. Say hi to Shawn and I'll see you in due time.
Breeanna Bateman
May 06, 2019
Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the support and love we have felt from our friends, family, and church family. Thank you for honoring the greatest man I have ever known, and who I had the privilege of calling my father.

He was an incredible man who set a high bar on what strength and perseverance looks like. A few times in my lifetime, he had almost lost the battle to the complexities of his form of RA. He would share later on, that as that Vail between our world and the heavenly realm became thin, he felt amazing peace and beauty, both times he described it as being familiar and feeling like home. However, in both accounts, as he was starting to slip into the next realm he
...was pulled back, with a sense that he can't go yet "he needs to prepare his tribe."

A few weeks ago, when we found out that his time here was growing short, he shared with me that he knows he is going home, and he knows what is waiting and was not afraid. While he was sad for the heartache he was going to leave behind, and milestones he would miss with watching his grandkids grow… he was ready to go home. He knew his work was done.

The last few weeks I especially have had time to reflect on what his legacy is, and what it means to me.

He was not just strong and tenacious, he was an overcomer. He taught us how important perspective is. He taught us that it's ok to hurt and cry, but don't get stuck there and keep pressing on. Find reasons to smile… there are so many of them.

He was not just an old outdoorsy hippie. He taught us adventures are what you cherish throughout your entire life. He once shared with me, that when you are laying on what you think is your death bed, reflecting on your life, it's not the type of house you have, or the bills you payed, or the car you always wanted…. It's the memories of the adventures you had in this world you will reflect upon. A few days before his passing, he added that the only adventures that really mean anything are the ones you share with those you love.

He was not someone who just identified as a Christian. He was someone who had a deep relationship with God. Earnest prayer was something he knew well, and knew that what God looks at is the heart, and understood the power of the Holy Spirit. On the afternoon before he passed, he asked those in the room to join him in prayer, and while the words were at times difficult to understand, he still was heard speaking to God as an old friend with reverence.

To overcome all his challenges he had in this life, he always had to keep perspective on each situation. He always pressed forward, and not once would give up.

As I look at our children and his grandchildren I see so much of him in them.

Ethan: you have your grandpa's heart for others, and courage to go threw fire without it breaking your spirit.

Autumn: you have your grandpa's tenacity and see value in everything around you. To every project you work on, to every creature on this Earth.

Little Josiah: While you are just four, your grandpa's fighting spirit and humor is already so clear.

He did see through readying his tribe before his passing. The inheritance he left for us was much more valuable than any amount of money or worldly possession. He left us with depth, how to face this time on earth with strength, heart, and joy.
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Noveline Hasbargen
May 01, 2019
John was a wonderful man and friend to so many. His bright-eyed cheer, clever wit, fun humor, adventurous and good-hearted way made for lasting friendships. I hold happy memories of hiking and camping out in the Arizona desert and mountains with John and friends years ago. Those were great times. I am so glad to have known him. Wishes for peace and comfort for family and friends.
Noveline Hasbargen
May 01, 2019
John was a wonderful man and friend to so many. His bright-eyed cheer, clever wit, fun humor, adventurous and good-hearted way made for lasting friendships. I hold happy memories of hiking and camping out in the Arizona desert and mountains with John and friends years ago. Those were great times. I am so glad to have known him. Wishes for peace and comfort for family and friends.
Celeste Gibson
May 01, 2019
John! You wild man! You were the most fun-loving adventurer ever. You were a fun person to be with because your enthusiasm was contagious. Your smile and your spirit carried you through, even to the point of becoming a modern medical miracle. Little did you know that you carried others along with you. You are an inspiration still. Be at peace, brother.
Patricia Bores
Apr 30, 2019
John was a truly remarkable man! He offered a guiding light for many during his time on earth and now continues to offer it to is in heaven. Through many trials in his life he kept God, family and friends close. He was a loving, caring brother to me! May the Holy Spirit comfort us as we lay him to rest and may the Lord guide John’s Spirit to ever lasting peace! Amen!
Eric Lawson
Apr 30, 2019
John's spirit is tremendous, and will long survive him in his family and friends, and in their families and friends. Our travels together, to Colorado in 1970, later to western South Dakota, and in and around Mankato, remain among my happiest memories. When and where ever I sit by a fire, he is there too, and always the best company.
Mary Jane Ommen
Apr 30, 2019
Rest in peace dear "little brother"...you will be so missed by so many who loved you BIG!
John and Deb Olson
Apr 29, 2019
Great man! Will surely be missed!
Kim Black
Apr 28, 2019
So sorry for your loss. John was a great friend. He would of done anything to help ya out. He will be sadly missed.
Dale and Sherry (Jesse's aunt and uncle in Iowa)
Apr 28, 2019
Bree and Family,
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
At times like these words cannot express what the heart feels, so just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Julie Wesche Foerster
Apr 27, 2019
Very sorry for your loss Breanna 😢
Kaye Holmen
Apr 27, 2019
Bree, praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.
Amy Louwagie
Apr 27, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Breeanna Bateman
Apr 27, 2019