Former Juneau resident Elvan Guy John, 86, died Aug. 18, 2005, at Synergy Adult Family Home in Bellevue, Wash., following a stroke.
He was the son of Angus Guy John and Olive Mae Inks. He was born Sept. 29, 1918 in Wenatchee, Wash., the day before his father was killed in action in France during World War I. When he was four years old, his mother married Gilbert A. Graham.
He grew up in Wenatchee and married Mary Elenore Davis on Dec. 15, 1940. They lived in Seattle, Olympia and Wenatchee, Wash., until 1947, when they moved to Alaska. He was employed by the Federal Aviation Agency. They remained in Alaska for 30 years. After retirement in 1980, they returned to Wenatchee.
He was active in church ministry. He grew up in the Wenatchee Church of the Brethren and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Douglas.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary E. John, and his brother, Donald M. Graham.
He is survived by three children, Carol Wright and her husband, Jim, of Anchorage and Kirkland, Wash., Kathy McEwen and her husband, Duane, of Lynden, Wash., and Chris John and his wife, Janet, of Ketchikan; his brother-in-law, Arthur C. Davis of Seattle; and nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service for family and close friends was held Aug. 24, 2005, at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee, Wash.