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John D. Kaser
11/21/1929 — 06/04/2022
Celebration of life
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.
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!