John W. Ladd, age 54, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on January 28, 2018, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN, on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Pastor Grant Fischer. Online condolences may be left at www.sturmfh.com Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.
The family would prefer memorials in lieu of flowers.
John Watson Ladd was born on April 8, 1963 in Sleepy Eye, MN the son of Watson & Mary (Remus) Ladd. John, lovingly known as “Huntz” attended school at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and later transferred to Sleepy Eye Public High School. He enjoyed being bat boy for his big brothers’ baseball teams and subsequently played baseball and football himself. Later in life, he was an umpire for many, many baseball games. He coached for his son and his grandson’s baseball teams as well. He worked several different jobs throughout his life settling in at Sleepy Eye Public School as a custodian where he remained for 22 years. Throughout his years at Public School, John advanced his responsibilities to include maintenance and boiler operator. John felt at home at the school. He enjoyed being around the students and all the staff members. He enjoyed working on cars and fixing things. Often, he was asked to help family and friends because they knew they could count on him. You only had to ask once and John was there to help. In his spare time, he loved to hunt with his son, grandson and nephews. Camping was also one of his favorite pastimes. He was the first to arrive at family reunions and the first to leave, saying that “if you are not on time, you might just miss me”. John was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye and enjoyed not only being an usher but also his grandkids taxi driver for Sunday School.
He is survived by his wife, Barb Ladd of Sleepy Eye, daughter, Bobby Sue & her special friend, Anthony McDermott, daughter-in-law, Kami Johnson, grandchildren, Jacob & Kelsey Ladd, Jonathon Ladd and Tanner Maurer, brothers, George (Tricia) Ladd, Nelson (Cindy) Ladd, Jim (Sherry) Ladd, sisters, Mary (Kevin) Aaker, Sr. M. Shirley Ladd, Jacqueline (Patrick) Krzmarzick, Vickie Simon, sister-in-law, Gracia Bryant, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Paul Ring, Dorothy (Melvin) Hoffman, Nancy Wright, Jerry (Laurie) Ring and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathon Ladd, granddaughter, McKaila Ladd, parents, Watson & Mary Ladd, in-laws, Herb & Sylvia Ring, brothers Mike Ladd & Pat Ladd, brother-in-laws, Bob Simon, Carl Ring, and Mike Ring and sister-in-law, Bobbie Ladd.