John Patrick Keimig

At the young age of 28, John Patrick Keimig went home to be with the Lord on June 14, 2018. With his beloved family holding his hands, John passed away peacefully at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On May 29, 1990, John was born to Steven and Wendy (Senftner) Keimig. His sisters, Tamara and Candice, were surprised but excited to have a baby brother. Growing up in Prior Lake, and attending Prior Lake High School, John had a passion for sports and spent his time playing basketball, baseball and football. His love for football was unmatched, and even when he could not participate in the games due to illness, he played an essential role as the High School team manager.

John and his father shared a special bond over their love of football, and they participated in countless fantasy football leagues over the years. John had an intense love for both the Baltimore Raven’s and Minnesota Vikings and one of John’s favorite moments was when the Raven’s won the Super Bowl in 2012 (yes, there were tears of joy).

An intelligent man, John graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Kinesiology before starting his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The physical therapists he encountered through his own treatments drove him to pursue medicine, so he could help others the way he was helped. He enjoyed living in Chicago, meeting new friends and learning more about medicine.

When John wasn’t studying, he was working out at the gym, playing sand volleyball or video games. But more than anything, he loved making people laugh. He had a great sense of humor and quick wit. He loved attending stand-up comedy and participated in a few stand-up comedy sessions himself. He loved making people laugh, whether on stage or just with a group of friends. John was not shy and enjoyed deep conversation with others and had a special gift to emotionally connect with people.

One of his favorite places in the world was the family cabin in the Black Hills. Every year, he and his family drove the 10-12 hour trek to South Dakota where they went hiking, four wheeling and played games.

In 2006, John was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and spent 13 years going through countless treatment regiments, even traveling as far as D.C. and LA for the latest clinical trials. Most importantly, John never gave up. More than anything, he wanted to live. No matter how much pain he was in, he was willing to try anything to stay on earth with his loved ones and make the world a better place. John was always positive and worried more about his family than himself.

Through the good and bad times, John found great comfort and support from his beloved family and devoted friends. His mother cared for him for years and became one of his closest friends. John also was blessed with the ultimate compassion, care and love of a soul mate, Kali Dingman. Meeting in college, they spent six years being each other’s best friend. They loved going for walks, talking for hours on the phone, and being silly with each other (there were numerous inside jokes and they vowed to never grow up.) They complimented each other perfectly and looked forward to building a future together as a family.

Most important to John was his faith in God and Jesus Christ. John had a close relationship with Jesus and was a great faithful servant of God. This strong faith allowed John not to be afraid when God called him home.

John’s favorite quote was from Lord of The Rings where Samwise Gamgee gives Frodo a pep talk just when times seem the most dark. It ends, “There’s still some good left in this world Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” John lived this quote through and through.

John will be forever loved and missed by parents, Steve and Wendy; sisters, Tamara (Shannon) Morsching and their children Kian, Niah; Candice (fiancé James Penfield) Keimig; girlfriend and soulmate, Kali Dingman; grandparents, Jeanne Senftner, John and Clary Keimig; many other relatives and friends.

There to greet John home in heaven was his beloved grandpa, Patrick Senftner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 2 pm, with a time of gathering starting at 11:30 am, all at St. Michael Catholic Church, 16311 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake, MN. Father Tom Walker will preside, with cousins, Anthony Schlader, Andrew Schlader, Aaron Schlader and longtime childhood friend, Nate Wright, acting as urn bearers. John will be laid to rest at a private family burial at St Michael Catholic Cemetery.

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  1. Thoughts and prayers to all of you !

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family.

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless you and your Family

  4. It takes a special kind of person to come into your life and immediately become a part of the family. John was a little brother to me. The last few days have been a serious struggle for me. Yesterday was the first time since Johns death that I was able to get out and do anything. My heart is broken. For me I am having a hard time getting up and trying to figure out if all this is worth it. But it’s always Johns voice in my head that reminds me that the struggle is what makes the good times better. He has been an inspiration to me, especially over the last year and a half with my person struggles. I don’t know if I could keep fighting my depression and stay sober without ever have had the chance to know him. The world is lucky to have had the time we did with him. My heart goes out to Wendy, Steve, Tammy, Candice and all of his family and friends.

  5. We are so very saddened by this news about John. Heavy hearts. So many wonderful memories of “Johnny money” playing basketball with our son Brandyn Six. John was a great kid to coach as well as a fine young man. God Bless and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Our love, Kevin and Lisa Six

  6. Cindy & Rich Gregory

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. John will be missed, he touched the life our own family and will be missed dearly.

  7. Robert and Joyce Keimig

    Steve Wendy and family we want you to know you have our deepest Sympathy and prayers may God hold you in his care all our love to you all

  8. Steve, Wendy and family.
    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    His compassion and inner strength were amazing.
    We know that he will be forever missed by all who had the privilege to have met him.
    With sad hearts and deepest sympathy,
    Todd & Julie Kack

  9. Dan and Judy Verschelde

    To Little John’s Family —
    God always takes the best from us, John was that the greatest kid any parent could wish for. As we are being selfish we know that John is no longer suffering he is at peace. We enjoyed it when John and Steve stayed at our house during deer hunting.

    Blessed be John’s memories!

    Lots of love,
    Neff Dog and Judy

  10. Nona Verschelde

    Steve, Wendy and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We were so blessed to have known John and always enjoyed when you all stayed at our house… many memories were made. Let all of the memories be of comfort to you now and in the days and time ahead. His remarkable spirit and infectious smile will never be forgotten. God’s Peace be with all of you.
    Love, Donny Jo & Nona

  11. I was deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. While we only met once in person , I got to know John through the wonderful stories that Kali shared. This is an unimaginable loss — my heart goes out to Kali and John’s family and friends.

  12. Marvin Sr and Karen Keimig

    Steve,Wendy and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

  13. Bruce and Cheryl Larson

    We are so sorry for your loss. John was such a special person! We got to know John when our girls came to Wendy’s daycare. They always loved it when he was around to spend time with them. We were blessed to become close friends of your family and pray that good memories will carry you through.

  14. D. danes Banks

    Wendy & Steve,
    I think of my own children, imagine your situation, and it’s so very difficult to imagine. You have had a 28 year gift from God, and blessed with a beautiful, wonderful family. You are never alone in your sorrow and you will get through the pain by being together.
    My thoughts and positive energy will be with you on Thursday.
    -diane

  15. Steve,Wendy and families, thinking and praying for you at this sorrowful time,

  16. Angela (Keimig) Buskerud

    steve Wendy and family, may God wrap his arms around you and your families during this most difficult time. So very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.

  17. Uncle Bob and Joyce Keimig

    Steve Wendy and Family. Our Deepest Sympathy and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. May God Bless you and keep you in his care. love all of you .

  18. Mary Pietruszewski

    Dear Wendy, Steve and Family: We are so sorry for your loss! Our prayers and love are with you during this time. God bless the Keimig family! Mary and Pete Pietruszewski (Joe Schlader’s sister)/Bemidji, MN

  19. Annie Schwartzwald (Keimig) Joe and Cathy’s youngest

    Steve, Wendy and family. I was so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. He sounds like an amazing person. I am sorry I never met him. My prayers go out to you all!

  20. Carol (Albachten) Carlson

    Steve and Wendy,
    Sending you my heartfelt condolences. I am sorry to hear about your sons passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  21. Andy and Alissa Guse

    Steve, Wendy, Tami, Candice, and the rest of the Keimeg family,
    We were so sorry to hear the news about John. We will keep your family in our prayers!

  22. Jamie and Shari Harris

    Steve and Wendy,
    We are thinking of you and wishing you moments of comfort and peace as you remember John today, and all the days ahead. God bless you and your family.
    With you in sorrow,
    Jamie and Shari

  23. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. I feel very blessed to have met you all & to have taken care of John. God bless you all & Big hugs.

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