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John Francis Korby

November 30, 1980 ~ December 23, 2016 (age 36)

John Frances Korby, 36, of Cloquet, MN died Friday, December 23, 2016 in Cloquet.

John was born November 30, 1980 in Cloquet to James and Gail Korby.  He grew up in Cloquet and graduated from Albrook High School in 1999.  He worked at the Black Bear Casino and had various construction jobs.  John liked to bead, spend time with his children, play softball, and participate in pool tournaments.  He is fondly remembered as a loving dad, and a jokester who loved to kid around.

John is survived by his children, Rainna Korby, Rateah Korby, John Korby, Jr., Jordyn Korby, Shaylee Diver, and Mason Korby; his parents, James, Sr. and Gail Korby; his grandfather, Francis Desjarlait; brothers, James Korby, Jr. and Michael Topping; sisters, April Korby, and Angel Topping; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by many family members.

A traditional wake will begin Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Head Start gymnasium in Cloquet and will continue until the traditional service at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016 led by Larry “Amik” Smallwood and assistant Charlie Smith.  Burial will be in the Sawyer Cemetery in Sawyer, MN.  Arrangements are being handled by Souder-Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service of Cloquet, MN.   (

 Service Information

December 27, 2016

7:00 PM
Fond du Lac Head Start gymnasium
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

Funeral Service
December 28, 2016

10:00 AM
Fond du Lac Head Start gymnasium
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

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