He grew up on a farm in Max, ND, the oldest of three children.
John served in the Army during the Korean War, attended trade school and moved to Cheney, Washington where he met and fell in love with Geri Mason.
They were married in 1959.
John is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Geri, his children Sue Leach (Bary), Ken (Kara), and Rob (Darla), eight grandchildren, brother, Lawrence of Kennewick, WA and sister, Eleanor Mehlhoff of Garrison, ND.
A Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney, WA on Thursday, June 20th at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to the charity of your preference.