We thank God for the life of John Morgan Dashner, a loving and humble father and grandfather to four generations, who joined our Heavenly Father and Ruthie, the love of his life, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He passed with family at his side five days after his 95th birthday.
John was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Mima Viola and Charles Benedict Dashner on May 3, 1923. He was the youngest of four children, including his sister Martha Elizabeth (Beights), brother Charles Benedict (C. B.), and brother James Wood Dashner. He was raised by his devoted mother in Poplar Bluff, Missouri during the Depression, eating a lot of beans but enjoying playing baseball, climbing trees, and swimming “buck naked” in the creek.
His first job was delivering telegrams as a Western Union Boy. After a sheet metal course with the NYA, he worked on Liberty Ships at Kaiser Shipyards in Alameda, California. He joined the Army, landed in La Havre, France on the day of FDR’s death, and caught up with his company in Germany just in time for the European war to end. He liked to say that they gave up when they heard he was there.
Returning home, he met Ruth Vinson, “a pretty girl with a nice smile”, and four months later they married in Kansas City, Kansas, on May 16, 1946, the beginning of a wonderful 62-year union. They moved to Los Angeles in 1956. Church activities were central to the family’s life for many years. They raised 5 children: Sharon, Donna, Janet, Joyce, and David. John was an insurance salesman for Metropolitan Life for a short time, then enjoyed a nearly 30-year career as a Letter Carrier. As a father, his greatest hope was to have the love and respect of his children, which he had unconditionally.
John and Ruth retired to Boise, Idaho in 1986. Bowling, golfing, fishing, gardening, road trips and the daily crossword puzzle were some of his favorites. He cared for Ruth tenderly as her health failed until her death at 83 in 2008. After that his love radiated out to the rest of his family in his last decade: Family reunions, gin rummy games, Jackpot trips, breakfast at Rockies, Cracker Barrel night, and Sunday dinners. He read the Bible and prayed for his family every morning.
John was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, his mother, father, sister and brothers. He is survived by his five children, Sharon Heisey (Earl), Donna Sibley (Frank), Janet Tykowski (Frank), Joyce Smith (Bob), and David Dashner (Angela), 24 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
The family is very grateful to Sherri Robbins, his daytime caregiver for the last 2 years, who was very special to him. Also, we are indebted to Cady Hull and the rest of the team at St. Alphonsus Home Health and Hospice who closely supported both John and his family as they cared for him during his final hours.
Viewing is at Cloverdale Funeral Home on Thursday, May 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., followed by a remembrance service on Friday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. Interment for family only will follow at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in John’s memory to his favorite charity, the Idaho Food Bank.