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John D. Kaser
11/21/1929 — 06/04/2022
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John D. Kaser
John D. Kaser was born in Oak Park, Il 11/21/1929 to John J. Kaser and Myrtle C. (Anderson) Kaser. He attended elementary and high schools in Cicero, Il, Berwyn, Il and Lemont, Il. John attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Il and graduated with a major in chemistry and a minor in geology. John served 4 years in the Air Force, successfully completing the one year program in Russian language at Syracuse University, and served as a Russian language specialist in Germany and Libya. After leaving the Air Force he attended the University of Iowa, earning a PhD in chemical engineering. John then worked at the Hanford site in Richland, WA, primarily on radioactive waste processing. After retirement, John moved to Colville in 1992. During retirement, John volunteered as an English language tutor and as a master gardener.
During high school, John worked summers at a tree nursery, in a railroad section gang, and on a golf course mowing fairways and greens. While attending college, John worked one memorable summer as a lookout/smoke chaser near Clark Fork, ID, other summers as a construction laborer, apprentice steel worker and as a technician at the Argonne National Laboratory.
John’s pastimes included backpacking, hiking, hunting, fishing, gardening, investing and reading. His greatest love was enjoying Mother Nature, especially the Cascade mountains of Washington.
John is survived by his dear wife, Ina (Zimmerman) Kaser, children Laura (Kaser) Emmil, Ken Emmil, John C. Kaser, step daughters Jan Zimmerman and Dianne and Richard McDonald, and a sister, Jane Golden, of Peachtree City, GA. John also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
I found Vincent Paul Kelly’s bookmark in John’s room a few days ago. I remember Paul very well. John & Paul were great friends and we enjoyed Paul delightful sense of humor. I really appreciate your comments.
I am the daughter of Paul Kelly, one of John’s skiing and fishing friends. I remember John fondly. At some point, when I was an adult, I went with my dad and John on a couple of cross country ski trips to the Blue mountains. John always wanted to stop at the Swiss Chalet for pancakes- and so we did. Everyone in the party was grateful that John made this request.
For a few years after my dad died (2012) John and I exchanged Christmas cards. He had such a special place in my dad’s heart. What a great guy John was. I know you and your family will miss him.
John loved hiking, fishing, gardening and skiing. His greatest love was enjoying Mother Nature, especially the Cascade mountains and its wildflowers.
In lieu of flowers consider making a contribution to Friends of Badger Mountain in his memory.
Donations can be made to Friends of Badger Mountain (FoBM) in one of two ways:
By check mailed to: FoBM, PO Box 24, Richland, WA 99352
Online under Donate at: http://www.friendsofbadger.org
Make sure to note that the donation is for Dr John D. Kaser.
Only only had the privilege of knowing you a short couple of months but you will forever be in my heart John! I look forward to knowing you better later and sharing a bowl of strawberry ice cream! Till we meet again John. God speed!