John-John Blotske

John-John Blotske, 49, of Underwood, died March 23, 2014, in Underwood. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church, Underwood, with Father Patrick Cunningham officiating and Father Frank Schuster concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held today, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Visitation will continue Friday for one hour before the services at the church.

John-John was born March 21, 1965, in Mandan, to John and Marion “Mary” (Riehl) Blotske. As a young child, he lived in Selfridge with his family before moving to Ballard, Wash., in 1968.

In 1970, his family moved to Underwood. John-John attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the Underwood Public School, graduating in 1983. He worked for Reuben Broneske Well Drilling for several years as a young adult.

John-John married Terilyn Baumann on Oct. 5, 1991, and fathered four children, Zackary, Cassidy, Courtney and Jordan. Much like his father and brothers, John-John was a well-known grain cleaner, along with a story-teller and jokester. He was an avid collector of gas station memorabilia and enjoyed old cars. He also took interest in airplanes and motorcycles. John-John loved a good card game with friends and having fun. He was interested in many things this world offered and would often comment “Hey, that’s pretty neat!”

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by: his wife, Teri, of Underwood; four children, Zack (Sara), of Dickinson, Cassidy, of Underwood, Courtney, of Bismarck, and Jordan, of Mandan; two grandchildren, Brinley and Shailynn; three brothers, Allen (JoAnn) Blotske, of Bismarck, Dale (Marcia) Blotske, of Underwood, and Joe (Laura) Blotske, of Underwood; one sister, Val (Curtis) Kinn, of Underwood; his mother-in-law, Lynn Baumann, of Valley City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and a son-in-law, Neil Drake.

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