John Brantner

Posted: Friday, December 02, 2005

Former Juneau resident John Brantner, 97, died Oct. 5, 2005, at his Green Lake home in Seattle, in the care of his family.

Born on an Oregon homestead on April 5, 1908, he was an athlete in high school. He graduated from Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) in 1940. Employed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, he was posted to Alaska, where he met his future wife, Ruby, in Wrangell. She had recently arrived from South Dakota to teach school. During World War II, Brantner served with the U.S. Coast Guard operating a cutter in Icy Strait, eventually retiring from the Coast Guard Reserve as a commander in 1967. His professional career with the INS ended with his retirement in 1970 at the rank of inspector.

The Brantners lived in Juneau during the 1940s and '50s, where John worked with the Rev. Walter Soboleff to clean logs used in building the original Chapel by the Lake. He and Ruby were also founding members of the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau. Moving to Seattle in 1955, the Brantners were also founding members of the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Shoreline. They were married for 62 years.

Family members said, "John Brantner was an avid fly fisherman, consummate outdoorsman, Boy Scout leader and devoted gardener of roses. He is remembered especially for his affectionate good humor and wonderfully quick wit."

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; daughter, Betty Johanna (Ronni Gilboa) of Seattle; sons, Tom (Katherine Ulrich) of Martha's Lake, Wash., and Steve (Marijo) of Juneau; grandchildren, John and Maren Brantner of Juneau; numerous nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Oct. 9, 2005, at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. The family may be contacted at 7735 NE Second Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

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