John J. Nohava


Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2003

Soldotna resident John J. Nohava died Friday, May 16, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 87.

Graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Lucille.

Mr. Nohava was born May 3, 1916, in Nebraska. As a teen-ager, he took a train to Hollywood to become an actor and made his way into two movies. He served his country during World War II, stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He later worked as a carpenter.

"He loved to tinker in his garage while listening to polka music. He was a man with a beautiful smile and a twinkle in his eye for all that knew and loved him. He carried a special place in his heart for all the children in his life. Three wonderful women took care of him, daughters, Terri Woodward and Mikey Nohava and granddaughter, Mindi Woodward. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten by all those who loved him," his family said.

Mr. Nohava was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille.

His is survived by his daughters, Terri Woodward and her husband, Tim, of Soldotna, Mikey Nohava of Soldotna, Patty Thrush and her husband, Richard, and Jackie Rody and her husband, Terry; son, Johnny Nohava and his wife, Betty, of Iowa; brother, Chuck Nohava and his wife, Loretta, of Nebraska; grandchildren, Scott Woodward and his wife Mindi, David Woodward, Michael and Angie Woodward, and Kelly Johnson and her husband, Nathan, all of Soldotna; 13 other grandchildren who live out of state; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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