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John Karl Wiltrout


1957 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
John Karl Wiltrout Obituary
JOHN KARL WILTROUT John Karl Wiltrout was born June 9, 1957 in Encino, CA and passed unexpectedly April 26, 2018 in Sebastopol CA. John had "the wonder years" childhood, growing up in Reseda, CA. John enjoyed ice hockey as a child and was part of the California state championship team when he was 12 years old. His family moved to Eureka in 1970, where John graduated from Eureka High in 1975. He attended College of the Redwoods. John enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors and nature. He especially loved fishing on the Trinity River. He claimed to practice "catch and release" as he rarely returned with fish, although he did win the salmon derby once. John began his work career as a donut maker for Modern Cake Shop at age 14 before school. He worked for his parents at the Coast to Coast Hardware store in Myrtletown during high school. Most of his life was spent in construction. He worked for Pierson's Building Center and Wyckoff's Plumbing before starting The Water Company. After moving to Petaluma, John used his skills remodeling houses, doing plumbing, electrical and tile work. John enjoyed creating--whether it was designing and constructing water systems, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tile work, gardening, cooking or photography. He had an eye for detail and demanded craftsmanship work from himself. Being color blind kept him out of the Navy and explains some fashion choices. He was an avid reader. John was always willing to help a friend. John is predeceased by his parents Merle and Juanita Wiltrout. He is survived by his children Rachael (Kyle Williams) of Rohnert Park CA and Ben--US Navy New London, CT (now discharged), his grandchildren Kiera and Uriah Williams and his wife Londa of Eureka. John also leaves his siblings Jane Caspary of Orangevale, CA, Kate Marquardt (Dale) of MN and Dave (Cheryl) of AZ. John is uncle to seven nieces and nephews. John's beloved brother in law Dennis Caspary has since passed away. A memorial Celebration of Life will be held June 23 at the Eureka Women's Club 1531 J St Eureka from 1-4 PM. Please join us and bring a memory to share. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 17 to June 22, 2018
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