John Claude Cruikshank was born in Wausau, Wisc., to Wes and Jewell Cruikshank in 1950 and grew up in both Hermiston, Ore., and Fairbanks.
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John permanently settled down in Fairbanks after working with his brothers on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. After meeting his wife, he spent the next 20 years in Fairbanks being a family man, working for the Teamsters and running his Promotional Product Business where he became known as the "Pen Guy."
John was an avid reader, especially of old war books, and loved old movies and a good game of Scrabble. He loved traveling and enjoyed going places in Alaska and Hawaii with his family. When he wasn't out enjoying Alaska and Alaskans, he loved watching and following sports, from the NFL to the Goldpanners.
He is survived by his two daughters and son-in-law, Lacey Cruikshank and Jewell and Harrison Gottschling, of Fairbanks; brothers, Terry Cruikshank, Scott Cruikshank and Rory Cruikshank; sisters, Patricia Maclean, Susan Cruikshank and Lisa Bailey.
Those who knew John, know he always had a smile on his face and could make anyone laugh. He also would do anything to help someone in need.
Along with his jokes, he also was a caring, warm-hearted and generous man who touched the hearts and funny bones of many. His goofiness and warm heart will live on through his two daughters.
An aloha celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. April 6 in the downstairs area of the Elks Lodge. A Hawaiian-themed potluck will take place along with celebrating the life of John Claude.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 29, 2014