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Obituary: John Leo Worgren


January 31, 2020

John Leo Worgren, 57, of Cloquet, died Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in his home. He was born on December 17, 1962 in Cloquet to Raymond and Jeanette Worgren. John was raised at Big Lake and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1981. He attended Brainerd Vocational for small engines.

John worked at Northern Kawasaki as a mechanic in 1984 and North Star Auto Body and Paint as an auto body technician from 1984 - 1988. He worked at Carlton Saw as a knife sharpening technician from 1988 to 2002 when he opened his own business, Lakeside Sharpening at Big Lake, where he worked until his death.

John was a weightlifting champion in Cloquet High School in 1980. He was a member of Big Lake Covenant Church. He loved boating at Big Lake, deer hunting, riding his motorcycle, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and drag races at Brainerd International Raceway. John loved spending time with his nieces, nephews, and his dogs, Sidney and Chico.

John was preceded in death by uncles, Reynold and Jim Carlson; and aunts Florence Maki, Doris Carlson, Elaine Wallin, and Beverly Christenson.

He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Jeanette Worgren of Cloquet; a brother, Steve (Jennifer) of Cloquet; sisters, Debbie (Gary Weiss) Cooley of Duluth and Sheila Stonemark of Cloquet; special aunts, Nancy Gilberg, Lorraine “Rosie” Darker, Nancy Carlson, Leona Zacher and Arlene Nordin; and several nieces and nephews. Aunts Nancy Gilberg and Leona Zacher were John’s Godparents.

Visitation: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see


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