February 24, 1917 - April 11, 2018
John was born in Fairbanks, Alaska to John and Elise Baecher. He passed away at the age of 101 in Salem, Oregon with his three daughters by his side.
John grew up in Portland, Oregon and Aberdeen and Woodland, Washington where he graduated from high school in 1934. Following high school, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for a year. After the death of his mother in 1935 and at her request that he attend college, he entered Washington State College. He majored in poultry husbandry and was employed as a poultry specialist until retiring in 1983. Throughout his career he worked for feed companies monitoring flocks under contract to poultry farmers throughout Oregon and Washington.
While working around the Salem area, John met and married Rose Halada in 1940. In 1942 he joined the US Navy and served as a Signalman 1st Class in the South Pacific during WWII. Following the war, he and Rose moved to Springfield, Oregon where they lived for 17 years and raised three daughters. The family moved to Salem in 1963 where he remained in the same house until his death.
Throughout his life, John was an avid fly fisherman, birdwatcher and gardener who shared his knowledge and love of the outdoors with friends and family. In 1955/56 John and his brother Bob built a vacation cabin on lakeside property in Central Oregon. Four generations of family and many friends have enjoyed the cabin, the lake and surrounding forest year-round for more than 60 years.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Rose and brother, Robert. He is survived by daughters Linda, Cheryl and Jean; granddaughters, Abigail, Elisa and Ariella and great grandchildren, Lilah and Solomon.
At John's request, no funeral services will be held; a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Nature Conservancy of Oregon by clicking https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oregon/index.htm .