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John Edward Fisherman

August 16, 1961 ~ October 23, 2020 (age 59)

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John “Painter” Edward Fisherman, age 59, of Cass Lake, Minnesota journeyed to the spirit world from the Cass Lake IHS Hospital on Friday, October 23rd, 2020. 

John was born on August 16th, 1961 in Cass Lake, MN, the son of Donald and Nancy (Whitebird) Fisherman.  He grew up and attended school in Cass Lake.  After school, John enlisted in the United States Army in 1979.  John was stationed in Korea for a year and was honorably discharged in 1986.  John also worked at Evergreen and as a PCA.  He enjoyed going to the casino and traveling around with his special friend, Teresa Kangus.  John enjoyed his daily walks to pickup the daily newspaper, the mail and to check on the 50 Cents Crew, stopping to visit all his friends along the way.  He was well liked by everyone and would enjoy a drink with his friends, now and then.  John thought the world of his nephew Adrian “Boogie” Smith and would spend time with him as often as he could.  John will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Family that John is reunited with are his father, Donald Fisherman; sister, Lisa Fisherman; brothers, Donald “Skel” Fisherman and Eugene “Ribs” Whitebird; grandparents, Sarah and William Whitebird; Uncle, Everett Whitebird, Sr.; nephew, Darian Fisherman, Sr. and many more relatives.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his mother, Nancy Whitebird of Cass Lake; sisters, Linda Fisherman of Cass Lake and Pearl Battle of Minneapolis; brothers, Scott (Simone) Whitebird, Sr. of Cass Lake and Lloyd Fisherman of Sugar Point; special nephew, Adrian “Boogie” Smith; special friend, Teresa Kangus, numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

The wake for John will begin at 3:00 p.m., Monday, October 26th and continue until his 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, October 28th all to be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN.  Father Matthew Cobb will officiate.  Pallbearers for John will be Scott Whitebird, Jr., Eric Fairbanks, Darian Fisherman, Jr., Donald Wind, Kyle Spiegelberg and Daryl Fisherman.  His honorary pallbearers are Walter Gross, LeRoy “Puff” Whitebird, Jr., Derek Harper, Jim Littlewolf, Gary Johnson, Connie Littlewolf, Teresa Kangus, Robert “Jappy” Headbird, Adrian Smith and the 50 Cents Crew.  Interment will be in the Prince of Peace Cemetery at Cass Lake, MN immediately following his Wednesday services.

John’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.  Online condolences for the family may be left at

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October 26, 2020

3:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Building
Cass Lake
Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633

Funeral Service
October 28, 2020

11:00 AM
Veterans Memorial Building
Cass Lake
Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633

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