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John Henry Bobolink, age 56, of Minneapolis, MN, journeyed to the spirit world on Tuesday February 27, 2024. John was born on February 2, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John and Patricia Bobolink. He went to college at Augsburg, Metro State, and the University of Minnesota earning a master’s degree in educational leadership. John was a loving husband, amazing father and a proud grandfather. John was the Director of the Saint Paul Public Schools Indian Education Program where he has spent the last 20+ years. He was a strong advocate for native American youth and their education.

John made many friends over the years and cherished their friendship, wisdom, laughs, and light they brought to his life. John loved his family most and enjoyed spending quality time with them with a cup of coffee always in his hand. John liked watching all the Star Wars movies and the new Star Wars TV shows. He also enjoyed playing family games like Apples to Apples and How Well Do You Know Your Family? He liked yelling, “THEY CHEATIN” while playing his backgammon game and he enjoyed his sugar free candy and wild berry pie.

John loved going to powwows and spending time with his Native American community.

John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Patricia Bobolink.

John is survived by his wife, Colleen Bobolink; children, Breanne, John (Jeselina), Krista, and Mason Bobolink; granddaughter, Evelynn Bobolink all of Minneapolis; sister, Susan (Dennis)
Bobolink of Minneapolis; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Officiating will be Jerry Dearly. Special Music will be “Hoka Maza Oka” and “Imniza Ska”.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be St. Paul Indian Education Program Staff, Norman Benson and Jerry Dearly

Casket Bearers will be John Bobolink, Bo Johnson, Dennis Gilbert JR. Dominic Goodbuffalo, Michael Yzaquirre, Scott Perkins, Mason Bobolink and Anthony Yzaquirre.

Private Interment: Mokahum Cemetery in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Janette Fairbanks

    RIP John. Our community will miss you

  2. Tara Yzaguirre

    You were more than just an uncle a great friend and the best teacher I know. You could always make me laugh you will be missed.

  3. Gina Carlson

    Prayers to John’s family , friends and the community! 🦅🙏🏽
    R.I.P John.

  4. Gretchen and Iris

    My condolences to John’s friends and family. I remember John’s welcoming-warm manner. He was always laughing and smiling.

  5. Amy Kristine Means-Smith

    Sending Prayers to the Boblink Family & Friends, during this time.

    I will remember John’s sign, “vacationing in poenemah”.

    All the south side love, from a IUB camper. Amy Feetbig aka Fevig.

    That was John’s humor, my last name Feeetbig :} you surely will be missed.

  6. Susan Kieger

    Hugs & prayers to all 💜.
    John always had a smile, so kind, helpful, & made you laugh!
    We will miss you John.

  7. Karen E. England

    So sorry for your loss! I send condolences from John’s High School classmates at Minnehaha Academy Class of 1986. John was a great friend to everyone who knew him and a leader on the basketball court, and off of it. Always smiling! Keep smiling!

  8. John Cooke

    We are saddened to hear of John’s death. We regret not knowing about the celebration of his life. We had the honor of being a part of his father’s celebration of life. Our daughter Christy was a classmate of his in grade school. Condolences to his family from the John Cooke family.

  9. Jim Rikkers

    Sad to hear this news. Lots of laughs and great memories playing basketball and baseball together with him at Minnehaha. Prayers and condolences to John’s family and friends.

  10. Daniel Denekamp

    To the family of John Bobolink my deepest condolences. While it has been many years, John was a great friend and we shared many fun times together at Minnehaha Academy, Augsburg College, and trips to Duluth skiing Spirit Mountain. I will miss you John.


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