November 20, 2013 in Obituaries

Obituary: Baldwin, John R.

Age 75
 


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BALDWIN, John R. (Age 76) Dad lost his battle with cancer to be with the Lord on November 16, 2013 with his family by his side. John was born December 28, 1937 in Liberty, New York to Charles and Marjorie Baldwin and was raised in Livingston Manor, New York. He proudly joined the Air Force shortly after high school. He was stationed at Châteauroux-DĂŠols Air Base where he met his wife Jeannine. Together they were married for 53 years and have seven children: sons Eddie (Carmen), Eric, Michael (Colleen), Charles (Suzy), John, Christopher (Theresa), and daughter Claudine (CB Wentling) and daughter-in-law Susan; sixteen grandchildren, Alec, Hannah, Brianna, Satara, James, Scott (Jessica), Stephanie, Christine, Jonah, Matthew, Taylor, Christian, Michael, Mitchell, Hunter, and Preston, and numerous nieces and nephews. John lived a remarkable life and always to its fullest. He worked in the airline industry after having an Honorable discharge from the Air Force. Moving to Washington State, he worked for Rosauers and made many friends throughout his twenty-plus years of service and was a Washington State referee for high school and college basketball and volleyball. John was also a true conservative, holding true to his convictions at all times. He was an avid gardener who loved to grow vegetables for family and friends and took meticulous care of his yard and garden. Dad was a remarkable man! He was always on the go staying busy and extremely active. Dad loved to fly fish with his wife Jeannine and his kids with the crew at Backdoor Outfitters. We fished for the last fifteen years in Montana and he became an excellent fisherman. Even without catching fish he had a good time just being on the river with his family. Dad fished with his illness all the way up to September . Dad had a great sense of humor and was always playing practical jokes on people. He loved to tease his grandkids with his sense of humor. It was his way of showing affection to everyone. Dad devoted his life to helping others, always putting others before his own needs. He was a volunteer with Spokane Valley S.C.O.P.E (Sheriffs Community Oriented Policing Effort). Dad spent many hours helping the community to become a better place. His numerous awards validate his efforts. A devoted, loving and protective husband to his wife of 53 years, Jeannine will miss him and love him always. John is survived by his wife Jeannine and immediate family, Edward and Donna Marie Baldwin of California, and Stephen and Eleanor Baldwin of Texas. John was preceded in death by his father Charles Baldwin, mother Marjorie Baldwin, John’s twin brother Charles Baldwin II, sister Barbara Skiba and her husband Michael Skiba. We love you and will miss you, you will always be in our hearts and minds! Dad attended Valley Fourth Memorial church with his wife Jeannine. The family would like to thank Cancer Care, Sacred Heart Hospital doctors and nurses for all their love, support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SCOPE, Valley Fourth Church Mission, or Cancer Care Northwest. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die” ~Thomas Campbell.


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