John was born on July 20, 1937 to John and Rose (Moody) Hegard in Winona, MN. He graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1956. John later went on to further his education through Winona Vocational School studying computers and accounting. He was united in marriage to Candace L. Brown on September 5, 1964 in Lewiston, MN. Together they were blessed with 2 daughters, Teresa and Mary. Although this union would later be dissolved, John would find another love with Dolores Crownhart. They were united in marriage in Red Wing, MN on March 24, 1990. Later their marriage was blessed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Winona, MN. John was employed at Herff Jones (Camera Art) in Lewiston where he worked until his retirement.
John lived most of his life in Lewiston, MN where he was a member of the Lewiston Lions Club, Lewiston Sportsman Club and served as a long-time member on the Lewiston City Council and Planning Commission. One thing John enjoyed a lot was taking photographs. John and his two daughters participated in many archery tournaments over the years where his daughters were national archery champions. This was something John was extremely proud of. When John and Dolores retired, they moved to the Sunshine State of Florida. Here they enjoyed golfing, visits from family and friends, and were members of the Port Charlotte Lions Club. John had a gentleness and thoughtful manner that he said he owed to his mother Rose. He had a touch of kindness in whatever he did.
John will forever remain in the hearts of his wife, Dolores Hegard; daughters, Teresa Hegard of St. Charles, MN and Mary (Tony) Foster of Kellogg, MN; step-children, Joe (Jan) Crownhart of Presque Isle, WI; Mary (John) Ulrich of Rhinelander, WI; Ray (Rudy) Crownhart of Liberty Lake, WA; David Crownhart of Ellsworth, WI; and Colleen Crownhart of Apple Valley, MN; grandchildren, Ashley, AJ, Ann, Roxanne, Dylan, Keaton, Alex, Kevin, Daniel, Bryan, Sarah, Rachel, Paulina, Dominic, Isaac, Isabelle, Emma, Casey, Cole, Carter, Michael, Moriah, Samantha and Matthew; great grandchildren, Owen, Noah, Luke, Joey, Kylie, Josie.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Lewiston, MN with Father Will Thompson officiating. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Dylan Braun, David Crownhart, Joe Crownhart, Ray Crownhart, Ron Johnson and John Uhlarik. Burial will follow lunch at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona. Visitors may call from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. before services at the church. Please leave a memory of John and view his video tribute at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.