It’s with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of John Huebsch, whose family founded Common Hope. John, or Juan Antonio as he was fondly known in Guatemala, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 in the woods of Minnesota, a place he loved.
His sudden, unexpected death has hit our community of supporters very hard and fast. Many of you who knew John are mourning the loss of a very generous and kind-hearted man. Please know that we are mourning alongside you. John was taken from this earth too soon, but we try to forge on as he would’ve wanted us to.
Our Founder, Our Leader
John devoted his life to working with the poor. After receiving his college degree at St. John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota, he joined with some friends to establish a non-profit organization to serve the homeless in the U.S. It was after he made his first journey to Guatemala in 1985 to visit his parents that he decided to work with them to establish Common Hope in 1986. This initial four-month trip planted seeds that would become 20 years of dedicated service to those living in poverty in Guatemala. John served as the executive director of Common Hope from 1992 – 2006, and he divided much of his time between Guatemala and the U.S.
In 2006, after careful preparation, John stepped down as executive director to join the board of directors. He also spent much of his time pursuing his interest in spirituality and he provided guidance to several non-profit organizations and their leaders.
Services and Memorials
IN GUATEMALA: In keeping with Guatemalan customs, memorials for John began immediately after hearing the news of his passing. We have placed black shrouds at the gates of our Antigua site, inviting people to come in and share their condolences. An altar in remembrance of John has also been set up as a place for people to gather together and share memories. A memorial service also took place at our Antigua site for his father Dave and step-mom Bina, the Common Hope staff, and families who knew John. The gathering was held Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 pm GT in our amphitheater.
IN THE USA: John’s family and friends invite you to join us for:
A Celebration of Life for John “Juan Antonio” Huebsch
Friday, August 1, 2014
2:00 – 5:00 pm
At 3:00 pm there will be a reflection with friends and family members
Como Park Pavilion
1360 Lexington Pkwy. N.
St. Paul, MN 55108
John’s family is also planning a memorial in Perham, Minnesota for later in August.
Please Share With Us
The loss of this great man is a grief that we all share. We encourage you to add a comment on this blog in the field below with your memories of John. As a community, we can begin to heal by sharing the memories we hold so dear. All comments on this page will also be archived into a book for the Huebsch family.
John’s family has also requested for you to share photos of John in a Shutterfly album that has been set up in his honor. Feel free to upload as many photos as you’d like to share with us and the Huebsch family. You can upload to the album by visiting this website.