John Setser

John Setser John "Johnny" Setser was born January 3, 1925 at his mother's home in Tulare, California. He passed away February 12, 2013 at the age of 88. John's father Henderson Setser passed away when he was only three years old. John continued to live with his mother Martha through the depression until he was called into the military to serve his country. While he was a young school boy he met a beautiful girl named Lois who lived only one block away from him. The two became childhood sweethearts from the first grade on and attended Roosevelt School, Central Jr. High School and Union High School together. John and Lois were married before he left for military duty in Okinawa. Their first child was born nine months to the day after John returned home safe and well. John was an industrious worker all of his life. At the age of 12 he found an old Model A Ford, he etched the name "Elinore" above the windshield, and used it to throw his paper route paying a dollar a month on the car until it was paid off. He gave his whole life to his family and friends. John worked tirelessly as a truck driver and enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and horseshoes with all the families and friends. He truly loved flying his airplane, often taking trips with Lois just for fun to have a special lunch. Fishing and hunting with family and friends also brought a great deal of pleasure to John and he especially enjoyed going on hunting trips out of state. Eventually his deep love of animals and respect for life won out and John became an avid collector of Colt guns and even held his dealer's license for many years. John and his son were very active collectors and attended gun shows together for many years. John made friends wherever he went. He was always quick with an "unfunny" joke or "just a little joke there!" His family, his loved ones and the gang at Salle's Café will vastly miss him. Survivors include his daughter Glynda Pool and husband Larry of Tulare; one sister Hazel Belle of Fresno; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Setser; his son John G. Setser; two brothers and seven sisters. Visitation will be 12-8 pm, Monday, February 18, 2013 at Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 1 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013 also at the funeral chapel with burial at Tulare District Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Feb. 16, 2013