John A. Treptow (1946 - 2014)

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As the snow began to fall for the first time on Oct. 20, 2014, John Alan Treptow lost his battle with liver cancer. John, 68, lived in Anchorage for the past 38 years and worked as an attorney. During his years in Alaska, John worked for Atkinson, Conway and Ganon; Kessel, Young and Logan; Dorsey & Whitney L.L.P.; and finally for the State of Alaska, serving as a Senior Assistant Attorney General. John was born in Fairmont, Minn. A few years later, the family moved to Northbrook, Ill. Upon graduation from Glennbrook North High School, John was accepted at the Washington University in St. Louis. Here he obtained both his undergraduate bachelor's and law degrees. John was an immensely talented athlete. He was one of the top high school wrestlers in Illinois. John was a born leader. He served as president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. As an attorney, he received countless awards for his pro bono work in maritime, employment, healthcare and environmental law. Regardless of the outcome in the courtroom, John always treated his colleagues, staff and his opponents with the respect that they deserved. His presence in the courtroom demanded respect making him a worthy opponent in any situation. However, his selflessness, kindness and great sense of humor touched so many lives inside and outside the workplace. This became even more prevalent when John was at the hockey rink watching his three boys play hockey. The rink was where John was able to show he was more than just an attorney; he was a father and a mentor. John was a devoted husband, loving father and son. John loved his life in Alaska, where he met the love of his life, Barbara. The couple celebrated their 29th anniversary this past July. John was a sincere and compassionate individual, always going to great lengths to take exceptional care of his family and home. John especially loved his time with his two golden retrievers, Casey and Tanner. John is survived by his father, Charles; mother, Ruth; brother, Rick and wife, Barbara; and sons, Andrew, Matthew and Adam. John was a devoted husband, loving father and son. No words can truly express the sadness in our hearts when we lose someone who we love so dearly. John's family will host a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Captain Cook's Quarter Deck from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; remarks at 5:30 p.m. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 26, 2014