John Edward Rheuby

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Soldotna resident, Mr. John Edward Rheuby, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at the Kenai Bible Chapel in Old Town Kenai. Rev. Vance Wonser will officiate.

Mr. Rheuby was born Dec. 13, 1924, to Effie and Floyd Rheuby in Apperson, Okla. He went to school through the eighth grade. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He moved and became a resident of Alaska in 1954. Before making Soldotna his final home, he lived in Wasilla. He was a member of Plasters and Cement Masons Local 867 in Anchorage. He retired as a cement worker in 1984. He was a member of the Kenai Bible Chapel in Kenai.

"John was faithful in caring for his 1st wife Mildred until her death in 1983. He then married Zola Coon in 1984 and was happily married until her death in 2000. He served in The Pacific during WWII, which left a deep impression in his life. He worked as a cement mason in several states. He settled in Alaska in 1954. In 1968 he was employed at the Atomic Energy Site in Amchitka. He was active in the Kenai Bible Chapel until he entered an assisted living facility in 2009. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009," his family said.

Mr. Rheub was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Fred Rheuby; wife, Mildred; wife, Zola; stepsons, Robert Loescher and Rodney Loescher; and stepdaughter, Hazel Jennings.

He is survived by his stepdaughters, Betty Obendorf of Soldotna and Alta Dallons of Penn Valley, Calif.; stepsons, Orville Loescher of Chugiak, and Jim Coon of Oregon.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kenai Bible Chapel, P.O. Box 176 Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.



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