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Celebration of Life
Richland, WA 99352
John Robert Stredwick, 74, of West Richland, Washington passed away unexpectedly on Monday December 18, 2023.
John was born at Lourdes Hospital in Pasco, WA April 10, 1949, but spent his early childhood living in Eltopia, WA with his parents Jack and Marjorie and 2 siblings Mike and Chris. Later his family moved to Pasco where he was given a horse named Izzy who foaled a colt named Snip. He was active in 4H and Franklin Co. Saddle Club creating many horse friends. As a teenager, he met Sandra Brenden, his future wife, while riding at junior rodeos or showing his horse at a local horse show.
After graduating from Pasco High School, he was admitted into the 5-year apprenticeship program through Local 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He was known as one of the best welders in the area. When WPPSS collapsed, he found work in eastern United States and even in Taiwan.
John is survived by wife of 49 years Sandra Stredwick and three of their four children: Kendra Simpson and her husband, Charles, Bryce Stredwick and his wife Tatiana, and Chad Stredwick. Kyle Robert died in 1984 at 16 months old. John is also survived by his 4 grandchildren: Claire, Kyle, Jack, and Corbin and his niece, Michelle Whitney and her husband Lance. John loved us and always said how proud he was of us all.
John enjoyed archery shoots and camping with his young family and supported them in their interests, education, and careers. He was a great craftsman building a gazebo in our yard where two of our children were married. He also built our cabin on our property in the Blues. He loved barbecuing piles of ribs, steaks, and burgers or smoking jerky for family gatherings. He was quite proud of his baked bean recipe. John had fun learning how to dance the cha-cha and the swing with Sandy and attended many dances. John retired at the age of 62 and became a rancher. After purchasing 5 acres from Sandra’s parents, he ran a beautiful horse boarding facility for 12 years until his death. There he kept his own horse Monty and enjoyed many rides with friends. He took part in two 7-day guided Red Rock Rides on mules through the Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon areas. Next, he dreamed of taking a long train ride to Banff National Park. He always had dreams for the future.
John was a colorful character. His kids would complain that wherever we went no matter how remote, he always was stopped by friends for a visit. His phrases were memorable though usually not complimentary, but we couldn’t help but smile at his wit. His philosophy was “If a little bit is good, then a lot is better.” And that is how he lived his life.
Dear Sandra, I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing. I was going through my cedar chest today and found photos of Kyle, John & Kendra and a letter from you right after Kyle passed. I was his primary nurse at Doernbecher and I have never forgotten you all. I vividly remember talking to John in the hallway at the hospital the day Kyle was diagnosed. So strange that I would find this when looking you up online today! My son (who’s 33 and a Beaverton PD detective) was just asking me if I ever kept in touch with my patients. I so wish I’d kept a journal of all the special people I’ve been blessed to take care of and the amazing families I’ve met, including yours. My prayers for you and your family. Terrie Boliek
John I miss you. You were my first introduction to boarding my horse when we moved tricities 3 years ago. We sold our ranch and I couldn’t part with my old mare. You made a good home for her. Thanks for the homemade jerky and the conversation.
Sandra, we were saddened to hear of John’s passing. We so enjoyed our time with you two at Bob and Pat Horne’s ballroom dance lessons and galas. John was a kind man and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Tim and Debbie Richman
Only fond memories of working with John. In my time at the Hanford site, our project team grew close, and John was a valuable part of that team. Great sense of humor as well as great common sense, practical sense. John was a trusted part of the team on whom we could rely. I recall holding a team project celebration at the beautiful home of John and Sandra on the Yakima River. I will miss John but will always have fond memories of him.
Rest in peace my friend!
Working with John at many Projects on the Hanford Site, you could always count on John to lighten the mood and bring a smile. He was a great mentor to many of us that were younger than him, and always willing to share with us the knowledge he had learned. Rest in Peace John. My condolences to the entire Stredwick Family.
Like so many, I was deeply saddened to learn of John’s passing. I first met John during construction of FFTF. We chased many Chukar together when we were able to scale steep hillsides. We chased jobs together when work was slow at home. Through thick and thin John was always a good friend. My sympathy to his family. Greg Barcello
Deepest sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss. I really liked working with John at Hanford (1998-2008). We worked on many projects together. In addition, I have fond memories of our family’s motorhome trips together! You’re in my thoughts. Let me know if I can help with anything.
So very sorry for the loss of John. May you find peace and comfort in your great memories. RIP John.
Sandra..I’m saddened to hear about Jhons passing . I first met Jhon as a welder back in the 100-N reator Days what a comical guy he was. Never a dull moment when working with jhon that’s for shur. I’m glad I ran into him at yokes. sounds like a little before his passing ..We had a nickname for Jhon .We called him the working man’s friend..
Goodbye John old friend I will miss you.
Rest in Peace John,
We were coworkers at first and then became good friends-you will be missed🙏
Rest in Peace John,
At first we were coworkers and then became good friends-you will be missed🙏
Peace be upon you. I enjoyed being a part of Stredwick stables while I lived in Tri Cities. Great memories thanks to John. RIP
I have so many memories of John. When I came to this area I landed on Stredwick Stables. On the white board he would write, leaving for w/e. Be kind. I said “what?” He meant be kind to his son taking care of our horses. My friend another boarder said to me “ I love him”he calls his child “honey”. I will never forget that: we had our differences and conversations but always remained friends. Rest in peace my friend!
Sandra and family what you shared was truly special. May fond memories give you peace and comfort. You are in my heart and thoughts.
Rest in peace my dear friend
You will be missed by all
Sandy, my heart goes out to you over the loss of your dear husband, John. I still remember when you first met John, back when we were just teenagers, and how excited you were to have met such a sweet guy, and he had a horse, too! I pray that your many happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.
RIP John, prays to your family.
John Stredwick was my friend. I always enjoyed visiting with him, hearing his stories, and learning of something that he’d either built or repaired. I really enjoyed the times to ride horses with him at my house and at his cabin, and to ride snowmobiles together a year or two ago. John loved his wife and family very much, I know this because he told me so. Thank you for your friendship John and all the silly stories……see you soon my friend.
I worked with John at Lower Granite dam when we were both apprentices.My father Bennie who was our superintendent thought the world of John because of his good character and his skilled craftsmanship.I am sure he will be missed deeply and my condolences to you all.
John was a good friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together as well as the sometimes colorful conversation. I will miss him.