WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- John G. Vortherms

    Funeral services for John G. Vortherms were held Thursday, January 9, 2014 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Yankton, SD.  Burial of Johnís cremated remains will take place at a later date at the Westbrook Cemetery, Westbrook, MN.  

    John G. Vortherms, 49, died January 6, 2014 at the Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton after a 6 year battle with cancer.  

    John Gerard Vortherms was born on August 13, 1964 at Westbrook, MN to Leo and Agnes (Klein) Vortherms.



    After graduating from Westbrook High School in 1983, he attended Southwest State Univeristy at Marshall, MN.  

    As a jack of all trades, John worked at various jobs finally as a yard manager at Fullerton, Yankton, SD and part-time bartender at Phinney's.

    He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

    John married Peggy Weisser on Septerber 5, 2009 and made their home in Yankton.   He enjoyed attending  their childrenís events and activities.

    He enjoyed golfing, hunting, playing poker and pool. He remained true to his favorite Minnesota sports teams, the Twins, the Vikings and the Gophers.  When needing to rest, he would tune in to the golf channel.  

    In January of 2008, John was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, which he heroically battled until his death.

    Survivors include his wife Peggy (Weisser), Yankton, SD; children:  Michael and Emily, Yankton, SD, and step-daughter, Allison (Brandon) King, Vermillion, SD; parents, Leo and Agnes, Westbrook, MN;  siblings:  Ruth, Le Sueur, MN, Joyce, Westbrook, MN,  Glen,  Phoenix, AZ, Mary (Darin Hertwig), Buffalo, MN; nieces, Kaitlin and Marissa, Phoenix AZ;  mother-in-law, Lorraine Weisser, Tyndall, SD; sisters-in-law, Ileen Weisser, Vermillion, SD and Marsha (Vince) Efta, Tyndall, SD; his faithful dog, Puggles and a large extended family and many beloved friends.

    Preceeding him in death were his maternal and paternal grandparents.