John E. Isaacson


John E. Isaacson, 91, passed away on January 9, 2013, at Roo-lan Care Center in Olympia. He was born on September 22, 1921, in Cedarville, Washington, to Emil & Esther (Golman) Isaacson.

John grew up in the Cedarville area with one sibling, David Isaacson, who preceded him in death. John graduated from Oakville High School in 1939. His first job was at Boeing as a riveter on B-29’s. He met and married Maxine (Valentine). They were married 59-1/2 years, until her death in 2004. After their marriage John bought a dairy farm in Cedarville and farmed until 1965. He also worked several years at Weyerhaeuser in Cosmopolis retiring in 1984. He served on the Oakville School Board.

He was an active member of the Elma Alliance Church and served in many positions. John will be remembered for his faithfulness in reading God’s Word, prayer and support of missions. He was a man who lived what he believed. He loved sharing stories and had a wealth of knowledge. He and Maxine were volunteers at the Elma Food Bank for many years. John had hobbies building whatever someone needed. John and Maxine traveled to wherever their children and grandchildren lived including Alaska, Canada, Idaho, California and the Philippines. One of the special things in John and Maxine’s life together was sharing their anniversary with three other couples for over twenty years traveling somewhere new each year. They also shared a love of holiday celebrations with family and friends. John lived at Beehive Retirement Center for over 5 years enjoying many new friendships, especially playing Bingo.

John is survived by 3 daughters, Carolyn (Bruce) Traub of Fresno, Calif.; Gloria (Bill) Grandorff of Oakville, Wash.; Ruth Ann (Mike) Biggerstaff of Lacey, Wash.; a son, John (Connie) Isaacson of Boise, Idaho.; and a nephew, Paul Isaacson of Olympia. He was proud of having twelve grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

A graveside memorial is planned for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Masonic Cemetery in Elma.