John Bakke, age 91, of Minneapolis, passed away on Sept. 30, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents; stillborn baby; son, Steve; and spouse, Lois. John and Lois were married 64 years before her passing in 2012.
After serving in the Army, John worked in personnel for Durkee Atwood, the city of Rochester and IBM. He retired from IBM in 1990.
John was active in the Rochester community and involved with Salvation Army, Rotary, Samaritan Bethany, Rochester Covenant Church and others. John left Rochester in 2016 to be closer to his daughter.
Faith, family and friends were important to him. He enjoyed talking with people and learning about their lives. He had a sense of humor. He was a reflective person. John enjoyed travel, fishing, reading and music.
John is survived by his daughter, Mary Ellen Himple of Chanhassen, Minn.; six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, Door 2. Lunch following the service. Private interment at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Memorials to Rochester Covenant Church or donor's choice. Cards may be sent to Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, at 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. www.Washburn-McReavy.com.