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A Celebration of Life was held for John Werden, 44, of Richville on Nov. 23 at the Karvonen Funeral Home in New York Mills.

John Robert Werden was born on July 6, 1969 in St. Paul, Minn. His parents were the late Robert and Pam (Waller) Werden. John grew up in St. Paul. After high school John attended St. Paul VoTech where he obtained his license to become an electrician. He was a member of the Union Electrician Local 110 in St. Paul.

John enjoyed duck hunting, deer hunting, fishing and being at the lake with close friends. He loved his motorcycle trips to Texas, Daytona, Key West and Sturgis.

John passed away on Nov. 20 with the care of his close friends and Red River Valley Hospice Care. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Preceding John in death were his parents, Robert and Pam; and his grandparents.

John is survived by his loving dog, "Jaz"; daughter, Brittny Kay Novack; sister, Jennifer Werden; brother, Joseph (Terri) Werden; close friends, Kurt Peterson and Cindy Hewitt, Curt and Jess Zacharias and their family, Ed Caputa, Tim Donley and Red River Valley Hospice; other relatives and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred. A memorial fund is set up at Lil Evil Inkorportated and United Community Bank in Perham.

Arrangements were with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills. Tributes may be posted online at