John M. “Jack” Hamre, 83, died March 7, 2020.

He was preceded in death by parents Alfred and Stella, sister Stella Ann and brothers-in-law Richard Huhta and Merlin Olson. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Laura; children Jacqueline (Robert), Keith (Lynne) and Lauren (Theresa); seven grandchildren; nine great-­grandchildren; and siblings James (Corrine), Elaine and Paul (Carol).

Jack was a teacher and elementary librarian in the Duluth school system from 1967 to 1994. He then enjoyed being a winter Texan for 18 years. His retirement activities included reading, playing with his grandchildren and then his great-grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a great wit. He always enjoyed being with his family. He was a loving, kind, witty and helpful person who acted from a deep faith and kind heart.

A celebration of his life was held March 14 at Como Park Lutheran Church.

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