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John Valene

January 13, 1918 ~ August 21, 2018 (age 100)

Valene, John Age 100 of Deephaven, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday afternoon, August 21, 2018. John was born January 13, 1918, in Minneapolis to Louis and Ida (Cohn) Valene. He served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. John was a true entrepreneur and founded his first business in 1947 and was President and Owner of RPP, Inc. He was an avid horseman and always took pride in being physically fit - working out daily well into his 90's. Survivors include his children, Murray Valene (Geraldine) of New Orleans, LA, Valerie Valene (Michael Pukas) of Gypsum, CO, Scott Valene (Patrice) of Long Lake; 8 grandchildren, Kym Valene of New Orleans, Kari (Sean) Dart of Settle, Brandon Valene of Seattle, Courtney (Ari) Low of Wayzata; McKenna, Connor, Riley and Jack Valene, all of Long Lake; 5 great- grandchildren, Samantha and Jesse Dart, Ethan, Alexandra and Chase Low; nephew, Robert (Angilea) McNae of Orono. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally, his daughter Marjorie Valene Grossman, his brothers Jacob, Leo & Sam, & his sisters Rose, Helen & Mary. A special thank you to his care team: Missy, Diana, Alex and especially Barb Cummings-Ward. A gathering to honor John and celebrate his life will be held from 4:00PM - 7:00PM, Monday, August 27, 2018, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 55391. 

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