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John Waldschmidt, Jr.

February 8, 1931 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

John Waldschmidt, Jr. Obituary

John Waldschmidt, Jr., a respected union finish carpenter, devoted family man, and avid fisherman, passed away on December 1, 2023, at the age of 92.  Born on February 8, 1931, in Hays, Kansas, to John Waldschmidt and Hermina Younger. John was the eldest of six siblings, Bernard (deceased), Bernita, Leveda (deceased), Donnie (deceased), and Janeth.

John attended high school in Salina, Kansas, where he met his future wife, Virginia Prater. The high school sweethearts married in 1950 and were blessed with three children: Debra (Bouldin), Richard, and David. John dedicated 40 years to his craft as a union finish carpenter. In 1963, he moved his family to Arizona, where he contributed his skills to the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant until his retirement in 1986.

An ardent fisherman, John had a memorable experience at Bartlet Lake, where his intuition saved his camper trailer from a flash flood. His love for fishing also took him to Second Estuary in Rocky Point, where he enjoyed driving across sandy beaches to reach the perfect fishing spot. His passion for bowling almost saw him score a perfect 300, reaching multiple 299 games.

John was known for his self-reliance, cutting his own firewood and maintaining his lawn until his last days. He was celebrated for being a good provider, a great father, and an amazing grandfather. His life was characterized by compassion, hard work, conviction, and frugality.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Virginia; his father, John; mother, Hermina; brother, Bernard; sister, Leveda; and brother, Donnie. He leaves behind a loving family, including his sisters, Bernita and Janeth; daughter, Debra; sons, Richard (wife, Lisa) and David (wife, Patti); grandchildren, Laura (husband, Damian), Jennifer, Sharona, Kyle, Jolene, Jaime (husband, Leigh) and Ashley, along with great-grandchildren, Christopher, Aaron, Zeleen, Elizabeth, Zoey, and Remi. His legacy also includes innumerable friends and individuals whose lives he touched.

John will be interred alongside his beloved wife at All Souls Cemetery in Cottonwood, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you embrace your loved ones or donate in John’s memory to Maggie’s Hospice Palliative Care Services, which took such great care of him and the family during his final days.

John Waldschmidt, Jr. will be deeply missed and forever remembered for his strength, love, and the profound impact he had on all who knew him.





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