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John Peter Dullea '58

Dear Classes of 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, and 1972:

This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of John Peter Dullea ('58) on Wednesday, Aug. 26th.

John was a member of the Class of 1958 and the brother of Patty (Dullea) Dwyer ('61), Michael Dullea ('65), Eileen (Dullea) Donahue ('66), Lorretta (Dullea) Sauvageau ('70), Julie (Dullea) Wagner ('72) and the late Margaret (Dullea) Fell ('52), Mary (Dullea) Marty ('53), Edward Dullea ('57) and Daniel Dullea ('67).



John Peter Dullea 80, was born June 17, 1940 in Jamestown ND at Trinity Hospital. He died August 26, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo,ND. A memorial service is planned for September 19th at Holy Family Church for members of his Church family in the Halstad area. Another will be held at 2PM on the same day in Moorhead MN, at St Francis Catholic Church, for family and friends, masks required of all attendees.

John first lived in Jamestown during the Winter time and Buchanan during Summer time on the family farm. When he was six they relocated to Georgetown, MN to a different family farm. He started school with his three older siblings in a country school 1 mile East and a mile North of the farmstead. In December 1948 a house was bought on Broadway in Fargo, ND. John then went to St Mary’s Cathedral School in Fargo, until January 1953.

A new School Holy Spirit opened as part of a new Parish, John went there, and graduated from 8th grade in 1954. The following Fall he started at Shanley High School and graduated from there in 1958. The next Fall he enrolled at St John’s University at Collegeville MN.

During all his Summers from about age 10 on he worked on and around farm.

It was thought he would spend his life there, but late in his college years he decided to enter the priesthood. He was ordained at St John The Baptist Church in Georgetown, MN in June of 1967. He served at numerous parishes in the Diocese. He officiated at numerous family functions. Around 1972 or so he was having second thoughts and left the ministry. During this time he met and married Ann Latendresse, in Galveston TX, John had been working the docks there. In 1973 they moved back to MN and onto the family farm. In 1976 family friction sent him off to work for a farmer at Ada, MN. That job dried up, and he worked for the John Deere dealership in Ada, it was here that he got his CDL, and the beginning of a long trucking career. He would haul big JOHN Deere equipment around, from there to Wylie Trucking, a large firm in Fargo, when one of their drivers could not finish their run,John would be put on a plane and go anywhere in the country to finish the run. John was invited back to the family farm around 1980. That lasted a few years but also ended in friction. That was the last of that employment. From then until, the Fall of 2018 he worked in transportation, next was hauling liquid fuel, as a tanker drive for Indian Head, this was a Teamster job, but they folded, he got a break and got on with Transport Inc, another Union job, from which he earned a pension. After this, he drove new buses from here to all sorts of places in the country for the new owners. From there to semi-retirement, he would work for the Halstad elevator in the Spring and Fall delivering fertilizer to the spreaders. He would still be doing it but health issues overtook him. He worked hard many years to provide for his family.

As a youth and while still at home he did all the kid things,he later enjoyed sports, football, basket ball, track, and later yet golf. He was an altar boy, was in Boy Scouts, and in the KC’s Squires. He dated a little and pretty much kept his wings level.

  • Later yet in his Halstad days he watched, followed and went to Vikings and Twins games. He got involved in fishing tournaments, he had a thing for the Shooting Star Casino at Mahnomen, and won many prizes there. He went to a lot of Church dinners, rarely missed a funeral, enjoyed being part of the hospitality program at Holy Family Church for many years, He was treasurer for Republican Caucus in his district. He would represent them at the Norman County Fair. He loved and went to a lot of auctions, was always bargain hunting. In his last year or so it was a lot of TV, golf, NASCAR, any Sports, the Grit Channel, and he would closely follow all local teams in all sports that he was interested in. He also stayed politically savvy, and watched Fox News when he could. He was big on talk radio.

John, like two of his other brothers was very thrifty, to a fault, but religiously very generous to his charities. He liked cattle, dogs, cats, hated horses. He played the stock markets as long as I can remember, in his late teens or early 20s. He was telling me of stock trades he was making within the last couple months.

He always wanted to farm, as part of his “100 year plan”, as he called it, was to have a vineyard, and or orchard at his beloved Halstad Place. He enjoyed his families and would spend time with them, whenever possible.

He and many of his siblings are famous for calling people, places, and things by something other than their true name. When people died, he would say they “ tipped over”. Now he has and we wish he hadn’t, and had actually lived out that 100 year plan.

He was proceeded in death by His parents Edward and Anna Dullea, Ann’s parents, his brothers Dan and Edward, his sisters Margaret Fell, and Mary Marty. His nieces Sarah Dullea Lyman, and Jesse Donahue, his nephews, Patrick Marty, and Thomas Norberg. Brothers in law, Fred Fell, Harold Marty, Dennis Dwyer, and Michael Anderson, Kieth Johnson.

He is survived by Ann, his 7 children Shawn, Stephen, Tommy, Maria, Amy, Beth,Coleen. His brother Michael, sisters, Patricia Dwyer, Eileen ( Charles Donahue), Loretta (Ivan Sauvageau) and Julie Wagner and John Wagner. Lots of cousins, nieces, and nephews.



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