John Wilson of Sisters, age 76, passed away at Hospice House in Bend on Saturday, September 21.

John was born February 11, 1943, and raised in Ohio attending Uhrichsville High School and was president of his Senior class. After graduation, he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering science at Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) and his master’s in chemistry at Case Western Reserve University.

John met his wife, Lois, on a blind date set up by a mutual friend of theirs on December 30, 1965. They married later in the new year in Cleveland, Ohio.  After college, they moved

to Midland, Michigan,

where he worked for

Dow Corning as a silicone chemist. After 17 years, John took a job with WR Grace in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, where they lived for 15 years.  He was on the Quakertown School Board for 12 years and president of the school board for four of those years. 

He and his wife had two children, Christy and Steven. After their children graduated and moved away, John and Lois moved to Connecticut where John worked with STR and then to Vancouver, British Columbia, to work for Creo. Three years later, when Kodak bought Creo, John opted to retire. They settled into retirement first in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and then in 2014 they moved to Sisters. 

John loved hiking and canoeing. He was an amateur photographer and loved taking pictures of his family. John and Lois traveled to all 50 states along with several other countries. They had a menagerie of animals over the years, including dogs, cats, horses, and rabbits. John loved to take the dogs on long walks and train them to do tricks like climb a ladder to exit the swimming pool. He also loved to do experiments at home growing popcorn varieties, baking bread, or helping Lois with her fused and slumped glass art.

John was a loving husband and father. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Lois; children

Christy Goodnight and Steven Wilson; sisters Vivian and Maryanne; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild, along with nieces

and nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests contributions may be made to Partners in Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, OR 97701, online at www.partnersbend.org/get-involved/donate-to-bend-hospice/; or to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601, online at www.alz.org.