What a great write up for a great man. Always smiling ambassador John!
Michelle and family! We are so sorry you have lost your wonderful loving Dad and Grand Dad!! We send the love of our BOISE family! He was quite an amazing man! Love and prayers, Aunt Pam and Uncle Dick Pavelek
My mother is a resident at Providence-Benedictine Orchard House, was a friend of John's, and I came to know him through my weekly visits there. The thing that struck me, and everyone else, was John's good cheer, the way he would try to involve everyone in fun activities. He always had a smile on his face. He brought my mom the Wall Street Journal, he edited a newsletter for the floor and was often seen cruising the hallways looking for stories to "report" on. He is greatly missed by the other residents; I will miss looking for his smiling face when I visit. John, you've been a blessing and joy to everyone who knew you!
Our family is saddened by John's passing. He was a true gentleman. His commitment to providing athletic experiences, namely softball, for young women was outstanding and benefitted the entire Salem community. We thank him for his service and the positive impact he had on our daughters. The family of Coralie and Ozzie Rose
One would think that since it has been so many years since I met John Simmons and his daughters, I would hardly remember him. But that's not true. I remember him at Willamette, I remember him as father to my students and I remember him working for the Blazers. He had a smile and warmth that was unforgettable. My condolences to the entire family.
I miss you John. I know you always had the best interest in mind , of all your friends at the Orchard House. We will carry on but you are so missed. Thank you for sharing your life with us!
I have known John since we were in Sunday School together in Centralia. He was a fine athlete, an outstanding student and always a pleasure to be around.
Judy Greeley Hendrickson
I am sorry to hear of John's passing. He lived an interesting and full life. I saw him after I moved back to Centralia, and he and I shared a grin when I remembered the "We Three King" singing as John, his dad, and another male family member walked down the aisle at the Centralia First Methodist Church singing this at annual Christmas Choir events.
Best thoughts to Lyn and all of the family.
John and I were friends from first grade at Edison School in Centralia when we walked down the hall, hand in hand. In third grade, he always got the right answer first during Math games. john was a kind and friendly member of the Class of 57. His wonderful smile was the frosting on the cake. John will surely be missed by many folks. My sincere sympathy to John's sister Lyn and all his family.
I too remember John from the Methodist Church many years ago. He was a big presence in the life of our Centralia High School class of 1957. It is good to remember "the good times"!! Our love to his family.
John was a great friend, I do remember one night that John told his dad that he and I were going to a movie in Olympia, where in fact he came to my house (we lived 2 blocks apart on Washington Ave in Centralia) to play in our penny-ante poker game, where winning or losing 50 cents was a big deal. On the following Monday, Johns dad Gene and my dad sat next to each other at Violas Café (100 block of N Tower Ave), and Gene asked my dad if Louie and John had enjoyed the movie. Well my Dad, not knowing what was going on (the poker game was on our dining room table) spilled the beans that no, John was at our house playing poker with some of our other high school buddies. Needless to say, it hit the fan. I have told this story dozens of times with everybody getting a good laugh out of it
I have many memories of John, because my family and his were very close when we were young. We vacationed together at Rockaway Beach in Oregon every summer. One very proud moment for me was when John shot a basket during a heated basketball game from halfway down the court and sunk it in the last second of the game. We won by two points. I always admired him.
I met John while visiting a friend (jim Hodges) at the Orchard house two years ago .we enjoyed talking sports along with Starbucks coffee which he loved.Wonderful example of what a man should be. Your friend, John Scharer.
Jan and I will miss John and his incredible knowledge. of Sports and Willamette University. We're sorry we were not notified of his passing. God Bless you John, Jim and Jan Boutin
What a wonderful legacy to leave for your family. It is a privileged to have known him.
Rosemarie Pavy, Class of 1959
I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. He was always smiling, so friendly and made a person feel like they had known him for years. It was always great seeing him with the headphones and mic during the Blazer games. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.