John J. Exner, 51, Fargo passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020 in Downer’s Grove, Illinois from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. John was born June 27, 1969 in Fremont, Nebraska to Terry Wheelock and Charlotte (Gemar) Roney where he was baptized in the Christian faith. He attended school in Lamoure and Oakes, ND. He spent a lot of time involved in the construction industry and recently started working as an over the road heavy haul truck driver. He met Jennifer Erickson in 2008 and on June 18, 2016 Jen and John were married. They made their home in Fargo. John enjoyed spending time with family. John’s passion was the outdoors, he loved to go primitive and load up his canoe and go down the river camping and fishing. John loved woodworking, and always made sure to finish any job he started, he had a passion for art including sketching portraits, nature, and wildlife. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, Fargo, ND; father, Terry Wheelock, Omaha, NE; step-father, Chuck Roney, Oakes, ND; children, Cassandra Exner, Rapid City, SD, Joshua (Jamiee) Exner, Rapid City, SD; sister, Tina (Tim) Deitemeyer, Fargo, ND; step-daughters, Justice Erickson, West Fargo, ND, Shiann Erickson, Fargo, ND; step-siblings, Jana (Dave) Hankey, Park River, ND, Brian Roney, Cottage Grove, MN, Brad (Brenda) Roney, Argyle, TX, Jill (Darin) Karlgaard, Litchville, ND; 2 grandchildren, Kiyann and Bryson, and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother, Charlotte, and adoptive father, Dennis Exner. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m., followed by a funeral at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Fargo. Masks are recommended. John’s service will also be live streamed on Boulger Funeral Home’s website at Please click on John’s name and the live stream will be viewable at the bottom of the page. John's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the John from high school. 🙏🏻 May peace be over all of his family.

  2. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you always. Cherish the memories and talk about them often. May God Guide You All Thru This Difficult Time. GOD BLESS YOU ALL🙏🙏🙏

  3. Terry and family I am so sorry to hear if your loss . I never knew John but I know his family and he will be deeply missed. My prayers go out to you all at this time. God be with you…

  4. Dear Terry and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May god give you the strength to get thru this time in your lives. ❤️

  5. I am very saddened to hear about John. So many fun memories of him when he lived in Oakes. He was a gentle and free spirited guy, a good friend. Tina and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all and praying for peace.

  6. Prayers for you, Tina and Terry and family. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a good man, and we will remember him fondly.

  7. So sorry for your loss. I will always remember John as part of our family. May God provide you with peace and comfort at this time while remembering John at this time.

  8. Will miss you so much John. Had a great time with you and family at Josch and Jamie’s wedding last summer. Rest in peace and God Bless . Prayers going out for healing for whole family . Miss you ex brother in law John.

  9. My thoughts and prayers for the family as you go through this difficult time. Remember the good times as life is short. Pray for the hurt and sadness to diminish and replace with happiness as new life is born.

  10. Was a Beautiful service for a man with a beautiful soul….. RIP John!
    Fly High with the Eagles John, Fly High!!

  11. John was fantastic to grow up with when I lived in Oakes..The People from Oakes are a rare find and a very special group.. Pete Farr

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