In memory of
John Victor Asplund
In memory of
John Victor Asplund
JOHN VICTOR ASPLUND January 30, 1927 ˜ September 12, 2020 John Victor Asplund passed away Sept. 12, 2020, in Chehalis, WA, after living a fulfilling 93 years. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Coos Bay (Marshfield), OR. After graduating from Marshfield High School, John served in the Navy as a Seaman First Class (signal man) during the closing days of World War II. After the war, John attended Oregon State (College) University where he met his wife Catherine (Raffin) Asplund. They married in St. Helens, OR, in 1949. After graduation, John began his career in Civil Engineering. He worked on many projects for Pacific Power and Light Company, including serving as Project Engineer for the Centralia Power Plant (Centralia, WA) and Jim Bridger Power Plant (Rock Springs, WY). Pacific Power and Light honored John by petitioning and receiving designation of John Asplund Creek in the state of Wyoming. In his early years, John worked logging as a summer job and always sought experiences in nature. He loved spending time at the family cabin on 10 Mile Lake, hiking, fishing and swimming with friends. John, with his wife and daughters, explored out-of-the-way places in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states. He loved adventure and would take the family on roads a car was never meant to travel to places such as 23 Skidoo, telling them about the adventure as it was happening. In his mid-80’s, John hiked quite a bit with Silver Star in southern Washington state as a hike that should not be missed. The family recalls years spent at their property on Clear Lake and extending their travels to lands near Medford, OR, Green River, Rock Springs and Sheridan, WY. After retirement, John and Catherine loved visiting family and began overseas adventures to places of historical interest as their destinations: Italy, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Moscow, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and sailing around Cape Horn with stops along the way in South America. John was an avid sailor enjoying time spent on local lakes and the Puget Sound. He had many hobbies through the years. John was a ham radio operator, loved turning wood, building model ships, photography and was an avid reader and lifelong learner. John taught his family many lessons by example: the value of dedication, doing your best at anything you undertake, and to adopt a life of constant learning. He was gracious and welcoming, and possessed a wonderful sense of humor. John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Catherine (Raffin) Asplund; and three daughters, Christine (Chris) Langford of Chehalis, Mary (Morry) Stafford of University Place, WA, and Susan (Mark) Kershisnik of Loveland, CO; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Walter Asplund and Hazel Marie (Christensen) Asplund; and sister, Charlotte (Asplund) Palmateer. A family memorial is planned for a later date. Please share a memory @ www.columbian.com/obits
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In memory of
John Victor Asplund
JOHN VICTOR ASPLUND January 30, 1927 ˜ September 12, 2020 John Victor Asplund passed away Sept. 12, 2020, in Chehalis, WA, after living a fulfilling 93 years. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Coos Bay (Marshfield), OR. After graduating from Marshfield High School, John served in the Navy as a Seaman First Class (signal man) during the closing days of World War II. After the war, John attended Oregon State (College) University where he met his wife Catherine (Raffin) Asplund. They married in St. Helens, OR, in 1949. After graduation, John began his career in Civil Engineering. He worked on many projects for Pacific Power and Light Company, including serving as Project Engineer for the Centralia Power Plant (Centralia, WA) and Jim Bridger Power Plant (Rock Springs, WY). Pacific Power and Light honored John by petitioning and receiving designation of John Asplund Creek in the state of Wyoming. In his early years, John worked logging as a summer job and always sought experiences in nature. He loved spending time at the family cabin on 10 Mile Lake, hiking, fishing and swimming with friends. John, with his wife and daughters, explored out-of-the-way places in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states. He loved adventure and would take the family on roads a car was never meant to travel to places such as 23 Skidoo, telling them about the adventure as it was happening. In his mid-80’s, John hiked quite a bit with Silver Star in southern Washington state as a hike that should not be missed. The family recalls years spent at their property on Clear Lake and extending their travels to lands near Medford, OR, Green River, Rock Springs and Sheridan, WY. After retirement, John and Catherine loved visiting family and began overseas adventures to places of historical interest as their destinations: Italy, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Moscow, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and sailing around Cape Horn with stops along the way in South America. John was an avid sailor enjoying time spent on local lakes and the Puget Sound. He had many hobbies through the years. John was a ham radio operator, loved turning wood, building model ships, photography and was an avid reader and lifelong learner. John taught his family many lessons by example: the value of dedication, doing your best at anything you undertake, and to adopt a life of constant learning. He was gracious and welcoming, and possessed a wonderful sense of humor. John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Catherine (Raffin) Asplund; and three daughters, Christine (Chris) Langford of Chehalis, Mary (Morry) Stafford of University Place, WA, and Susan (Mark) Kershisnik of Loveland, CO; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Walter Asplund and Hazel Marie (Christensen) Asplund; and sister, Charlotte (Asplund) Palmateer. A family memorial is planned for a later date. Please share a memory @ www.columbian.com/obits
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