John Temple

August 29, 1943 - December 17, 2016

Visitation: Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m., with the family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 20 at Canton Lutheran Church.

john-temple       John Temple, age 73, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 20 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m., with the family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          John was born on August 29, 1943 in Viborg, SD to John and Dora (Osterloo) Temple.  John began his education by riding his horse to Middleton Country School near Davis.  He graduated from Hurley High School in 1961 and began working for Egger Steel in Sioux Falls.  He married Shirley Loger on October 16, 1965 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.  The couple lived in Minneapolis for 6 years before moving to Canton in 1971.

          Through the years, John worked for Soderstroms, Dakota Fertilizer, helped Leonard and Greg Abbott farm, and spent 25 years at BidWell in Canton.  John loved fishing, hunting, and camping in Gettysburg at their cabin.  He also enjoyed running Grandpa Mart, providing fishing gear for his grandchildren.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.   John also enjoyed making friends and his family would like to thank all those who helped create lasting memories in John’s life.

          John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley; daughters, Marsha Rock, Salem, VA and Lisa (Jerry) Winter, Brandon, SD; sisters, JoAnn Ganschow, Wakonda, SD and Jeri (Don) Kuper, Tea, SD; grandsons, Timothy Rock, Nathan Winter, and Wyatt Winter; great-granddaughter, Riley Rock; along with numerous other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd and Roy; and sister, Elva Weeldreyer.


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  1. Kurt Tommeraasen on December 17, 2016 said:

    I am very sorry for the loss of John. I have you on my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Wilma Romereim on December 17, 2016 said:

    Shirley, You have my deepest condolences. It is hard to loss the one you love. Prayers for you and your family.

  3. Chris Pick on December 17, 2016 said:

    Our deepest sympathy to John’s family. You are in our prayers.

  4. Richard Bartels Tracy Montgomery on December 17, 2016 said:

    Our deepest condolences he will be missed immensely l

  5. Marilyn Rohrer on December 17, 2016 said:

    Larry and I are so sad to hear of John’s death. He was a big presents in the Canton Community and a wonderful husband and father and grandfather. Shirley, my heart breaks for you. I’ll be thinking of you and your family during this time when we celebrate our Savior’s birth.

  6. Patsy Veldkamp Layman on December 18, 2016 said:

    Dear Family, Kind and loving thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss. Keep those special memories of John alive as you go though this time with support of friends and each other. Shirley, I have some nice memories of working with you and, of course, John was included in them too. 🙂 Love, Patti Layman

  7. Steve & Patty on December 18, 2016 said:

    John was a very good man. He will be deeply missed. Sorry for your guyses loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.God bless you. Steve and Patty

  8. Rose Kampmann on December 19, 2016 said:

    Sorry so to hear John’s passing. He will be very missed, prayers out to the the family. Stay strong and lover ypu all!

  9. Melany (Jenks) Sackmann on December 20, 2016 said:

    Shirley- We are saddened to hear of John’s passing. We will always have great memories of John from our wedding and him being a part of the “party table” at our dance. Just thinking back to that day makes us smile. Although we didn’t know him well, we do know that he was a great man and would do anything for his family and friends.

    We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    With love, Daryl and Melany Sackmann

  10. Signe Espinoza on January 10, 2017 said:

    Shirley and family

    I am so sorry for your loss of John. God received another angel and know he is smiling down at you all. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. My God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and peace.

    Signe Bunkers-Espinoza -O’Connor