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John Howard Sandbo
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John Howard Sandbo

12/18/1931 – 09/30/2016


09/30/2021 (Burial)


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Section 1B Lot 111 Grave 1
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Sandbo, John Howard beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2016 in hospice, surrounded by family, following a stroke related to Alzheimer's Disease. He demonstrated in his last few days the dignity, grace, and serenity that marked his life. He was known by friends and work colleagues to be an earnest and gentle man, with a strong will and a matching ability to persuade. John was most appreciative of the order of the natural world. He brought his own brand of that order to his life, setting goals for daily exercise and nutritious food. He was the proverbial poster child for healthy aging, but for Alzheimer's Disease. John was devoted to those he loved, always ready to help family and friends w hatever the need. Born on December 18, 1931 to Olga (Bly) and Sylvester Sandbo, John was raised, with his sister, by his young widowed mother, who made sure John received an excellent education at West High School and at the University of Minnesota, from w here, after graduating in economics, he launched a business career. John admired his mother greatly for her ability to forge a career and provide for the family at a time not conducive to women in the work world. His interest in social and economic justice for women became a lifelong concern. John held executive positions at Sunbeam, Polaroid, and Tonka Corporation, before acquiring and leading a small engineering company, Dexon Manufacturing. As well as effective leadership, John brought humor and fun to h is work life. From university days on, he made close friends with whom he formed weekly tennis and squash games and both breakfast and lunch groups. He married Mary Helseth in 1956 and they raised three children; Mary passed away in 1991. In 1996, John mar ried Jean Thomson, who survives him. Retirement that same year gave John opportunities to continue running in marathons (he ran 27 in all); walk as many formally posted walking trails as he could in the U.K. and Europe, many with Jean; attend baseball game s, traveling to outdoor stadiums for the natural experience; and study history, particularly politics. His favorite volunteer activities were his leadership positions at Plymouth Church, where he felt useful. He loved his life. In addition to his wife Jean , John is survived by his sister Marilyn Stolee; son John Jr. and his wife Linda; daughters Jane and Mary; grandchildren Wyatt and Abby Erchak and Miles and Ian Sandbo, and by nieces Margaret and Anne Stolee. Brother-in-law Mike Stolee and nephew Paul Stol ee predeceased John. Other family members remembering John include those in the Thomson and Mason families and the Helseth family. John will be deeply missed by all his relatives and friends and by special friend and caregiver Oscar Trelstad. Sincere thank s for wonderful caregiving go to all the staff at Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis and to Doctors Tom Pettus, David Knopman, Mark Schmidt, and Andrew McGinn. A memorial service for John will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis, on Thursday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Memorials in gratitude for John's life may be directed to Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis; the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; Planned Parent hood of MN, ND, SD; or Giving Voice Initiative. In the past year, John sang weekly in a Giving Voice chorus created to uplift Alzheimer's patients and their loved ones, and this gave John new voice.

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