John R. Stravens


John R. Stravens, passed away on January 11, 2022.

STRAVENS—John R. Stravens passed away in his home on January 11, 2022, from an age-related illness. He was born in Colfax, Wash., to Joseph Stravens and Florence Stravens (Cronin) on Sept. 21, 1928.

He was preceded in death by his wife June (Day) of 41 years, his daughter Julia Ann, his older brother and two younger sisters. He is survived by his son Paul Stravens and his partner Brenda Stonelake who held John’s hand to the end. He is also survived by younger brothers James Peter Stravens (Lorraine) of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Robert (Darlene) of Coeur d'Alene, RoseMarie (Vic) Botticelli of Florida, his grandchildren Alicia Marie (Nicole) Kazarinoff of Midvale, Utah, and Nolan Joseph Johnson of Montrose, Colo.

After graduating high school, John studied forestry at the University of Montana. When conflict escalated on the Korean Peninsula in 1949, he joined the United States Navy. He served as Quartermaster aboard the submarine, U.S.S Tiru, boat #416. When a truce was established, he chose not to reenlist and went on to dabble with mining near Kootenay Lake, B.C., Canada with a family friend.

From there, he went on to buy a dump truck and worked on a few road building projects. Then he found a position with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, which led to a 34 year career with the U.S. Geological Survey as a topographic engineer.

He met June in Fillmore, Utah, and they married in June 1962. Paul was born in 1964 and Julia Ann was born two years later. In 1978, the family moved to Florence, Ore., where they purchased their first home. Renting was the norm, as surveying for the USGS, leads to a life of packing up and moving to a new “project” every six months.

John retired from the USGS in 1987 and went on to work maintaining St. Mary’s Parish. He then truly retired, and in 2000, John and Paul spent February in Spain. John loved it so much, he nearly bought a home in Benalmadena Puebla, Andalusia, Spain.

John had the fortune of having a lifelong career that he loved and dying in his own home with  family present. He was loved. He is missed.

Mass Intentions will be Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Florence, Ore. A gravesite service will be held in June 2022 in Colfax, Wash.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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