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Jon Perry Dembroski

Jon Perry Dembroski, loving husband, gentle father, dear son and fun-loving brother, our brilliantly-talented Jon passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 16, after a long battle with lung cancer.

Jon Perry Dembroski, loving husband, gentle father, dear son and fun-loving brother, our brilliantly-talented Jon passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 16, after a long battle with lung cancer.

Jon was born in Superior on Nov. 7, 1957, to Perry and Kathleen (Cleary) Smith. He was raised by Kathleen and his adopted father Charles Dembroski Jr. He attended schools in Superior and taught himself the elements of music theory, loving music with all his heart. Jon played in various bands in the area and as a young man moved to Indianapolis where he continued his music career; he wrote, sang, and played many genres of songs and eventually established a recording studio in his home where he helped other musicians develop their talents and record their music for publication. He himself published hundreds of songs and recorded many of them, some with his wife Brenda. He played keyboard for many community and private events in Indianapolis.

A member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibway, Jon was true to his Native American heritage, loving the land and all nature and preferring a simple life rather than a materialistic one.

Jon lost his adopted father, his birth father, and his brother Wayne in the last few years. He also lost his aunt Mary and his father-in-law Larry. His grandparents all predeceased him also.

Jon leaves behind his beautiful wife Brenda, his wonderful children Conner and Julia and their mother Kim.

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Also missing him terribly are his mother Kathleen Dembroski, his sister Donna Dembroski, brother Chuck Dembroski (Karen Erickson), Charlene (Paul) Lind, and his dear aunt Phyllis Cleary. He leaves also his many Dembroski uncles, aunts and cousins, as well as stepchildren Bill, Kathleen, and Lisa Stoltenberg, and his half-siblings Roger, Jeff, Kim and Michelle Smith, and many, many friends.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Fond du Lac Tribal Center, Cloquet, Minn. where his music will be shared among everyone who loved him.

Later this month, a Celebration of Life will be held in Indianapolis where Jon made his home for many years. The Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements there.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibway for assistance to members or their children who express an interest in music.

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