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John W. Brotherton, 53

John "JB" Brotherton, 53, of Cottage Grove, died on Tuesday, May 6, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born Aug. 29, 1960, in Antioch, Ill., to Frank and Emma Jeanne (Zimmerman) Brotherton. He moved to Minnesota and started his own business, J.B. Irrigation, in 1982.

He was preceded in death by parents; and nephew, Michael Brotherton.

He is survived by his significant other, Karen Nell; daughter, Colleen Brotherton of Grand Junction, Colo.; two grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Brotherton of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother, Don (Dawn) of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters, Helen (Mike Rose) and Ellen Brotherton of Bloomington, business partner and best friend, Paul Hughes; special friends, Gary Johnson, Dan Ritter, Rene Graham, Leslie Brotherton, and many, many more.

Celebration of life for John will be 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at American Motorsports Bar and Grill, 7240 East Point Douglas Rd. S., Cottage Grove, 651-768-0303.