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John Patrick Bickmann, age 75, of rural Howard Lake passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 1, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on October 11, 1945 in Watertown, Minnesota the son of Donald & Lucille (Campbell) Bickmann.

Uncle John grew up on his parent’s family farm.

John Graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1964.  He attended St. Cloud State University later for a short period of time.

After college he went and worked at Sterner Lighting and then Sonstegard Foods.

John was in fact, the jack of all trades!  He enjoyed history, learning, hunting, trapping, gardening and craftsmanship.  Over the last couple years, he took great pride in his very large and bountiful garden.

He had a tool for just about anything and most were custom made by him. John was a walking encyclopedia and arguably the smartest man most of us knew if you needed the most recent news update or weather forecast you asked John, he had a story for just about everything. The most important thing to John was family. He loved his siblings, nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces and neighbors.

John was ALWAYS willing to lend a hand with anything from cutting wood, cutting sod, farming, dirt work, landscaping, homework, gardening, holding a flash light, and even just someone to have a cold one with. John was there to listen to you and give you advice. He never wanted a nickel, all he wanted was your time and someone to talk to. We all will miss his quirky personality, bluntness, humbleness, unselfishness, and most of all his company.   His heart was made of gold!

He belonged to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

John is survived by two sisters and a brother: Colleen Bickman and Donald Bickmann both of Howard Lake and Mary Entinger of Glencoe; nieces and nephews: Chris Bickmann, Pat Bickmann, Jeff Bickmann, Jennifer Bickman, Paul Entinger, Tammy Entinger, Tonya Berg,  Jonathan Entinger and Brittney Entinger; several great nephews and great nieces including Michael Bickman and Lucille McNeill; his best friend: Mark Horstmann; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Donald and Lucille Bickmann, his grandparents Franz Bickmann and Frances Bickmann and  Paul and Marie Campbell and by aunts and uncles.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for John Bickmann will be held on Friday, October 8th at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.   Father Aaron Johanneck will be the Celebrant.

A visitation will be held on Friday, October 8th from 9:00 A.M. -10:30 A.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Michael Bickman

    Miss you uncle John. I miss seeing you everyday and getting to hear your stories. I wish you’d come back.

  2. Tom & Joyce Campbell

    Our deepest and most sincere condolences to all of John’s family during this time of sorrow and loss. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  3. Chris Bickmann

    Uncle John…. one of a kind! 🙂

  4. The Joe Mahon family

    Our sympathy to your family. My dad, Joe Mahon, sure enjoyed his many visits with John. He will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jennifer Bickman

    I miss hearing the weather report, and the who’s the daddy. You were the best uncle, a girl/lady could learn from.
    Miss you lots. Love you always!!!


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