John Saeter Lohn

May 24, 1935 - February 8, 2019 (83 years old)

Salem, Oregon

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John Saeter Lohn was born in Fosston, Minnesota, on May 24th 1935, and passed away on February 8th, 2019. John served in the Army from 1953 -1957, serving as a tank commander, and drill sergeant. He considered his military service one of his greatest achievements. He believed that life would go better for most people if they just lived as the military do! He married in 1960, to Beverly Walker, and together they had three daughters, Michelle, Valerie, and Teresa. They lived in Littleton, Colorado, and raised their children together for fifteen years. John then lived in various places in the United States, working for the Federal Defense Unit. He eventually moved to Salem, Oregon, to be closer to his daughters and grand kids.

John loved trees, clouds, mountains, photography, stamp and coin collecting, and reading. He also was a history buff and especially enjoyed anything about World War I and II. He also was quite fond of cats, crosswords, expanding his understanding of the world, and loved a good, biting satire. His favorite sports to watch were football and soccer. In his younger days, he loved target and skeet shooting - he rarely missed a shot! He also loved fishing. Before he became too sick to travel, he enjoyed going to covered bridges in various parts of Oregon with his girlfriend Marie. He was extremely intelligent with a very high IQ, which he loved to remind us of as often as he could get away with!

When he knew he didn't have much time left, and he was asked if he had anything he wanted to say to anyone, he said he was good. He said he was surrounded by such a wonderful family, and felt very blessed and thankful. He was filled with admiration and gratitude, and had so much love. Upon watching a video of his youngest great-granddaughter Arlo, he remarked on her amazing eyes, and then said how beautiful she was. He said all of his family was beautiful, but with such a good-looking great-grandfather like him, what else would you expect? He had enormous pride in his descendants, reveling in the intelligence, internal and external beauty, and kindness he could see in us all. He cared so deeply, and wanted the best for us.

John is survived by three daughters, nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren with another one on the way, one sister, two ex-wives, a girlfriend and friends. He knows we all miss him terribly, but how much we feel the loss says everything. We love you so much.


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