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    - Deb Jack (Shupe)
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    - Patti Davis
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Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway
Richland, WA

JOHN TENBROOK KOBERG Einan's at Sunset John TenBrook Koberg, 62, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at his home in Richland, Washington. John was born January 5, 1955 in Richland to Donald Koberg and Joan (Rambo) Koberg. John grew up in Richland and graduated from Columbia High School in 1973. He attended college at Washington State University in Pullman and Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where he received his BS degree in Construction Management. During his years in college he was proud to have worked as a concrete inspector on construction of Columbia River dams and local Tri-Cities projects. John began his professional career working at the Hanford Site and worked there for more than 35 years. He began at J.A. Jones Construction, followed by Kaiser Engineering, Fluor, and most recently Lucas Engineering as a construction engineer, construction manager, and project manager. John took pride in every project he ever worked, and often told people that government projects did not have to cost "an arm and a leg" to provide high quality products and deliverables. While with Lucas Engineering, John managed government projects on the Hanford Site, commercial and residential projects around the state, and the projects department of Mission Support Alliance. He even helped set up FEMA housing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But he was most proud of managing construction of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in 2014, a project with a tight schedule and even tighter budget that was in dire need of strong leadership. Early in his career John married Karen Matheson. They met while attending Central Washington University, were married in Richland in 1983, and both lived and worked in Richland and at the Hanford Site for much of their careers. John and Karen were married for nine years, and had a son, Donald, the center of John's universe, in 1987. Don now works as a mechanical engineer in Seattle. John was man enough to let Don live his own life, but father enough to wish he could be spending all his time with his son. John was preceded in death by his father, Donald (Don) Koberg, much too early in life. He subsequently also lost his stepfather, Robert (Bob) Heineman, Sr., who cared deeply for him. John is survived by his mother, Joan (Koberg) Heineman of Richland, sister Katherine Koberg of Seattle, son Donald Koberg of Seattle, stepbrothers Rob and Tom Heineman of the Tri-Cities, stepsister, Virginia Heineman of Seattle, Uncle, John Rambo & Family, and his very special friend, Debbie Dempsey. John was a big man in many ways; he was "one to ride the river with." He would do anything for anyone in need, and would give freely even to anyone too proud to ask. He was a true friend to many, and took pride in demonstrating to his son what it meant to be a true friend to others. He enjoyed so many activities during his life that it is hard to remember them all. Most important to him were spending time with Debbie, his son, his mother, and his friends. He very much enjoyed coaching his son in Little League Baseball. John also took great pleasure in the building of his home, which he designed and managed the construction of himself. Many fond memories were had there, among them hosting annual barbecues for his family, his son and his son's friends during Water Follies weekend. Besides playing classic rock on his several guitars, one of John's favorite ways to pass the time would be sitting around a campfire especially at Tucannon or the Oregon coast with his family and closest friends. He also enjoyed fishing, windsurfing, snow skiing, hunting, and riding his motorcycles. A public visitation and viewing will be held at Events at Sunset on February 26th from 1:00 5:00 p.m. in Richland at 915 By Pass Hwy. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 11th at Events at Sunset at 2:00 p.m. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at a reception following the service. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at
Published in Tri-City Herald from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2017
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