May 28, 1930 - January 8, 2021
Sacramento, California - John Joseph Gewerth Jr. ( J. J.) was born in Chicago, IL on May 28, 1930. He entered into rest at the age of 90 on January 8, 2021 in Sacramento, CA surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his soul mate Neva Huit(1993), father John Joseph Gewerth Sr (1979), mother Josephine Milne Gewerth (2001), sister Rosemary Gewerth (1964). His sister Arlene Wodize would join him on his journey on January 11, 2021. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Debi) Huit of Sacramento CA and Terrence (Tammy) Huit of Omaha NE. He had seven grandchildren Joshua Ruiz, Joshua Huit, Jordan Ruiz, Alena Huit, Max Huit, Taylor Huit and Jacob Huit. He had twelve great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
John aka. U.J. (Uncle John) is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews of Chicago, IL Dawn OI'Halleran, Michael McAuley, James Mc Auley, Andrew Wodzisz, Daniel Wodzisz, John Wodzisz, and Rosemary Huhta. He is also survived by fourteen great and four great great nieces and nephews. John was a kind and caring person. He was great listener and always thought before he spoke. If he saw someone in need of help he would always offer his assistance. Whether it be running errands, giving a ride, or rolling bandages for a for a friend. Anything he could do to help he did. He liked to snow ski and did so until he was into his eighties. He liked sports and music and most of all learning. He loved documentaries.
John was a S/SGT for the United States Marine Corp. He served in the Korean war. He graduated from The University of Utah with degree in Geology and worked for the Army Corp of Engineers as a geologist for many years until he retired in 1993. After retirement John traveled to Europe and Alaska. Every year he would attend The University of Utah's "Big Game" with his college friends, drive to Chicago to visit family and the Bears, and drive to Arizona to watch baseball spring training.
There will not be a day that goes by that he will not be missed. He was truly one of a kind.
We love you J.J.
John will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Cemetery on February 1, 2021 beginning with a Rosary at 12:00 pm, followed by Mass at 1:00pm, and burial at 2:00pm.
In light of COVID-19 we ask attendees to be mindful of others by social distancing and wearing a mask. Even though we cannot exchange hugs we can still see each other, share memories of JJ, and say our final goodbyes to a wonderful man.
The family asks that you do not feel obligated to attend. Your safety and health would be first and foremost important to JJ and the family understands if you choose to not attend.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 24, 2021.