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John Richard Smilowski, 72

John Richard Smilowski was born in Chicago, IL on April 20, 1947 to Chester and Beverly (Grasky) Smilowski. After his schooling John entered the United States Army where he learned many skills including how to drive truck. After his time in the Army, John worked various jobs before accepting a job with Standard Oil as a truck driver. His heart however was always in Minnesota. As a young boy he would spend his summers on his uncle’s farm in Sax, MN. Later in life he would tell people how grateful he was too his Uncle, Bernie Baker for giving him the opportunity to stay with him and introducing him to what would become lifelong friends in this area. He would call his brother back in Chicago and tell him about the fun he was having and all the people he met. John decided he was going to spend the rest of his life in this area.  He was grateful every day of his life for making that decision. John loved fishing and being in the outdoors. He will be dearly missed by many.

John is survived by his nieces and nephews, Richard J. Smilowski, Malissa Smilowski, Steven Smilowski, Joseph Smilowski, Raquel Smilowski, Amanda Smilowski; siblings, Jerome (Guadalupe) Smilowski, Cheryl Smilowski, Richard A. Smilowski.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services for John R. Smilowski of Baudette, MN will be held at a later date.

John passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the age of 72.


  1. June Rakoczy on March 27, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Miss your 8;31 am phone calls . Rest in peace my friend.

    • laura davis on June 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      I am trying to reach Rick or Cheryl. Do you know how/what happened?? I am Laura, friend from Chicago that has been up many times visiting. Known John since 1988, worked at Amoco with him for 10 years. I am heartbroken!!

  2. Susie Dickey on July 24, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Just heard the news, my heart is saddened. I’ve known Johnny since I was a young girl visiting my grandparents on their farm up near Baudette. Been fishing with him, and eaten many a fine pizza from his brick oven. Johnny was one of my grandfather’s best friends. Johnny was a dear friend and neighbor. God rest his soul.

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