John passed away suddenly on May 28, working on his property at Bow Hill. In spite of declining health, he remained active working, meeting friends for coffee and attending church.
John was a lifelong resident and small business owner of Island and Skagit counties. He had numerous friends, many were with him throughout his life.
He is survived by his sister Linda Leslie of Oak Harbor; former wife and mother of his children, JoAnne Thomas; sons Russell (Sherry) and Jeff; daughter Sandra (Al); grandchildren Eva Wheeler, Katharine Zeilstra, Kyle Zeilstra; and great-grandchildren, Austin Wheeler, Logan Wheeler and Molly Zeilstra.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 17 at Wallin Funeral Home.