John Riseland
Westford Funeral Home & Cremation
1301 Broadway
Bellingham, WA
John Riseland, age 78, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Hospice House in Bellingham. He was born January 11, 1940 in Bellingham to Julius and Mary Riseland. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Seattle, John attended Seattle U, before transferring to WWU to play basketball. He graduated from WWU with a degree in education. John married Brenda Lindsley on August 18, 1962, and together they raised their three wonderful daughters, Julie, Karen and Jenny. He was a school counselor at Edmonds High School and Meadowdale High School before moving to Bellingham where he finished his career at BHS as a counselor and a basketball coach. John and Brenda are active members of First Christian Church. He enjoyed golfing, creating stained glass pieces, reading, and family. John was known for his big personality, his excellent sense of humor, and his care and love for others. He was a true servant, and volunteered with numerous groups in the community. John was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Mary, and his brother Joe. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Brenda, daughters Julie (Scott) Hoerner of Post Falls, ID, Karen (Jim) Frazier of Chehalis, WA, and Jenny (Richard) Jim of Kauai, HI, grandchildren Griffen (Marlayna), Kendall, Tanner, Kevin, Jordan and Shalyn, great-grandson Arlo, brother Jerry (Wanda), and many relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, 495 East Bakerview Road in Bellingham at 2 PM on Tuesday, February 6th. Rev. Gary Shoemaker will be officiating. Memorials in John's name may be made to Interfaith Coalition Family Promise Program, or Western Washington University Athletics Wallie Lindsley Basketball Scholarships. You may share memories with the family at
Published by Bellingham Herald on Feb. 3, 2018.
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Brenda -
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in John's passing. He was such an upbeat, friendly, nice man. We will miss seeing him at WWU basketball games. Blessings to you - Doug and Jan Scholten
February 18, 2018

I just spoke with Lyle.

I have so many happy childhood memories shared with you and then John. There's to many things to list of how you both impacted my life in positive ways. Thank you ! I'm sorry for your loss but know you shared a great life.

God bless you

Jim Monroe
Jim Monroe
February 6, 2018
I am lifting Brenda and the girls in prayer for strength and comfort. I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I loved his heart for others and am inspired by his life of service. When I joined the Interfaith Coalition board, he was the program director. It was such a joy to work with him then and to see him at every Auction and Annual Meeting since. Always with a smile and a friendly word. Thank you, Riseland family, for sharing your special man with us. We are a better community for that.
Amy Cloud
February 6, 2018
I'm so sorry to all of the family. Brenda, you and John were among my favorite people as a student. My thoughts are with you as you go thru this. I wish I could be there to say my final goodbyes. May God hold you in comfort.
Inger-Lisa Bakke
February 6, 2018

So sorry to hear about John's passing. May the Lord give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. How I remember watching him play at WWC and seeing the two of you over the years since. Love to you, my student teacher and Parks Dept. boss.
Lyle Wilson
February 5, 2018
Sorry to hear this! He was great! Kids loved him! Thinking of you Brenda! Nancy and Jack Cooley
Nancy Cooley
February 5, 2018
Thinking of you Brenda in this time of grief....

Love ~ Maggie Barklind
February 5, 2018
A fine, a kind and a caring person will always be in the memories not only of family and friends but also of countless others whom John helped in countless ways. We, his cousins, have watched John doings for much of his life and are very proud of him. We send our sympathy to Brenda and family.
Terry & Robin Wahl
February 4, 2018
Thanks for making me the golfer I am today. Your coaching tips have been very helpful. You are and will be missed. I know you will hit them straight in Heaven and have a zero handicap. I am so sorry and know you are at peace. It has been fun having you in our Lake Padden Seniors Group. Many Thanks......
Jack Wayerski
February 3, 2018
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