John W. Landess Sr.

Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Longtime Sterling resident John William Landess Sr. died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 78.

Private family graveside services will be held today at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.

Mr. Landess was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Quitman, Mo. As a young man, he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps, then in the U.S. Cavalry and later the U.S. Air Force. He was a veteran, serving from 1941 through 1949, including service in the Pacific during World War II.

Later, he apprenticed and became a union brick mason and worked wherever post-war building was going on.

Mr. Landess came to Alaska in June of 1961 and homesteaded in 1962 in north Sterling, making the Kenai Peninsula his home. He worked as a brick mason in Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna and Adak.

He enjoyed reading, dogs and wildlife around his home.

Mr. Landess was preceded in death by his parents, Reed and Alma Landess, and his son, James W. Landess Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice Landess of Soldotna; sons and daughters-in-law John Jr. and Helen Landess of Hawaii, and Tom and Michelle Landess of Soldotna; daughter, Martha Landess of Soldotna; sisters Betty Egner of Sacramento, Calif., and Catherine Landess of Roswell, N.M.; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law Steve and Mary Landess and Jimmy Jr. and Christy Landess; and grandchildren Chris, John III, Matthew, Mark, Brandi, Ellen, Leslie and Melissa Landess and numerous great-grandchildren.

Peninsula Memorial Chapels is in charge of arrangements.

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