John William Winterholler

Oct. 10, 1938 – Aug. 30, 2011

John William Winterholler died Aug. 30, 2011, at Pacific Living Center in Salem, Ore. He was 72. Private family services will be held.

John Winterholler

John was born in Lovell on Oct. 10, 1938, to Gottlieb and Katherine Lohrenz Winterholler. At the age of 9 he left for the Tacoma, Wash., area. He attended school in Federal Way, Wash., and graduated from high school there.

After high school, he attended Western Washington University where he graduated with a teaching certificate. He also participated in track and basketball at the university. He married Janet Coffey on Sept. 17, 1960, in Federal Way. He then started teaching for the Federal Way School District as an elementary teacher. He was also involved as an instructor in the Federal Way Ski School and outdoor education. After 30 years, he retired.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman with his best friend, Mike Mendenhall. Three years ago, due to illness, he moved in with his son, Bob, in Salem.

Surviving are his son, Bob, Salem, Ore., and Bob’s brother, Michael Westgard, McMinnville, Ore.; sisters Janice Roose, Yakima, Wash., and Carol Negro, Sheridan, Wyo. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Scott Winterholler and Derek John Winterholler.

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