John Henry Babcock

BABCOCK, John Henry Foster John Henry Foster Babcock returned to God on February 18, 2010 at the age of 109 1/2. He was born July 23, 1900 on a farm near Kingston, Ontario in Canada, one of ten siblings, all of whom he outlived. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, son J.F. "Jack" Babcock (Kay) Spokane, daughter, Sandra (Dick) Strong, Hamilton, MT. His great-great niece, Toni Scott and her son, Hunter, stepsons, Eric (Barbara) and Marc (Sue) Farden. Jack's sixteen grandchildren and his nine great-grandchildren will deeply feel his loss, as well as Jack's many friends and acquaintances. Jack served in the Canadian Army from 1916 to 1919, and was the last living Canadian veteran of World War I. He served in the United States Army 1921 to 1924 and was introduced to the West Coast by being stationed at Fort Lewis and Vancouver Barracks in Washington. He settled in Oakland, California where he met his first wife, Elsie with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. They moved to Spokane in 1932 and Jack established himself in the heating and plumbing business. After Elsie's death, Jack met his second wife, Dorothy, with whom he has been married for 33 years. A memorial service will be held in Jack's honor at Messiah Lutheran Church on February 27, 2010 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt, Spokane, WA 99205 or Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99210 is suggested for those wishing to honor Jack's memory.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2010