John W. Ladd, age 54, of Sleepy Eye, died on Jan. 28, 2018, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

John W. Ladd, age 54, of Sleepy Eye, died on Jan. 28, 2018, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 2 from 4 to 8 pm at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. Service will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Pastor Grant Fischer. Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. The family prefers memorials.

John Watson Ladd was born April 8, 1963 in Sleepy Eye, the son of Watson and Mary (Remus) Ladd. John, lovingly known as "Huntz,” attended school at Sleepy Eye St. Mary's and later transferred to Sleepy Eye Public High School. He enjoyed being bat boy for his big brothers' baseball teams and subsequently played baseball and football himself. Later in life, he was an umpire for many, many baseball games. He coached for his son and his grandson's baseball teams as well. He worked several different jobs throughout his life settling in at Sleepy Eye Public School as a custodian where he remained for 22 years. Throughout his years at Public School, John advanced his responsibilities to include maintenance and boiler operator. John felt at home at the school. He enjoyed being around the students and all the staff members. He enjoyed working on cars and fixing things. Often, he was asked to help family and friends because they knew they could count on him. You only had to ask once and John was there to help. In his spare time, he loved to hunt with his son, grandson and nephews. Camping was also one of his favorite pastimes. He was the first to arrive at family reunions and the first to leave, saying that "if you are not on time, you might just miss me." John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye and enjoyed not only being an usher, but also his grandkids taxi driver for Sunday School.

John is survived by his wife, Barb Ladd of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Bobby Sue and her special friend, Anthony McDermott; daughter-in-law, Kami Johnson; grandchildren, Jacob and Kelsey Ladd, Jonathon Ladd and Tanner Maurer; brothers, George (Tricia) Ladd, Nelson (Cindy) Ladd, Jim (Sherry) Ladd; sisters, Mary (Kevin) Aaker, Sr. M. Shirley Ladd, Jacqueline (Patrick) Krzmarzick, Vickie Simon; sister-in-law, Gracia Bryant; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul Ring, Dorothy (Melvin) Hoffman, Nancy Wright, Jerry (Laurie) Ring; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathon Ladd; granddaughter, McKaila Ladd; parents, Watson and Mary Ladd; in-laws, Herb and Sylvia Ring; brothers: Mike Ladd and Pat Ladd; brothers-in-law: Bob Simon, Carl Ring and Mike Ring; and sister-in-law, Bobbie Ladd.