January 30, 1923 ~ July 31, 2007
John, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at home. Johannes 'John' was born on January 30, 1923 to Thomas and Alida(Waning) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His family immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1930. He graduated from the University of Utah and later received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He was a WWII veteran. John married the love of his life, Lois Jean 'Chris' Cross on June 12, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. He loved and cherished her for fifty seven wonderful years. Together they raised four sons and five daughters.
John worked as a research chemist for Eastman Kodak. He had a zest for learning throughout his life. He and Chris loved hiking and playing tennis. John was a devoted and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS) and held many callings throughout his life, most recently as a patriach. He and Chris also served as temple workers at the Palmyra Temple. He is survived by his wife, Chris; his children, Deirdre(Robert)Bachman, Michael(Deborah), Blaine(Kaye), Robin(Jim)Forsberg, Reed(Amy), Claire Van Den Berghe, Amy(David)Odione, Kyle(Lee), Nona(Byron)Holdiman; 29 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Tom(Lila) and Harold(Rebecca);sister, Hendrika(Wayne)Nelson.
Family and friends are welcome to call Sunday, August 5 from 4-8PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Rd., Rochester, NY 14626. Services will be held Monday, August 6 at 11:00AM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1250 English Road. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Alzheimers Research or to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund in his memory