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Greenwood Memorial Park & Funeral Home

350 Monroe Ave Ne, Renton, WA

OBITUARY

John George Kamla

25 January, 193028 September, 2019
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On Saturday, September 28, 2019, John George Kamla passed from this world to join his parents, sister, and many friends who have gone before him. He will watch over those left behind, including his sister Janet, daughter Jeannie and sons Tom and Dan (wife Kim) as well as grandchildren Kristina, Colin, Hailey, and Logan.

John was very social always choosing activities where he could share experiences with others. He loved to dance, spinning all the pretty ladies around the dance floor. He also enjoyed traveling, cycling, camping, bowling and cross country skiing.

His passion for airplanes and flying encompassed his 20 years of service in the Air Force (Lt. Colonel), career of 34 years as a Draftsman Engineer for Boeing, as well as his life-long hobby of model airplane design, building and free flight competitions.

John was affectionately known as “The Hugger" due to his practice of sharing kindness by giving free hugs on every major holiday and often times on an ordinary day. The world has lost a Hugger. Help fill the void and give a hug every day.

Dad was a big supporter of the Union Gospel Mission Seattle. In lieu of flowers, please help continue this giving by making a donation at https://www.ugm.org/

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 26 October , 2019

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Julie Kamla-Hudson

February 9, 2020

Cousin Johnny would drive out to Bothell to spend the day with my Auntie Anne & I gathering & sharing family tree information back in early 2000's. Johnny shared his information from his trips to Germany & I was busy taking notes. Auntie Anne passed away in 2003 and sadly that is when lunches stopped. Johnny & I emailed once in awhile over the years but lost touch when I went back to work.
Johnny was a wonderful loving funny man ... wished I had spent more time with him.

Wayne Galligan

October 24, 2019

Uncle Johnnys visit to Texas in 2000. And of course... we went out and flew airplanes while he visited. I built two of his award winning model the P-30 "Marie" and the first one flew near perfect on its maiden flight. A tribute to him and the woman he named it after.
I can only imagine some of the things I could have learned from him had he been closer. He was a very talented man and so is his sister my mom Janet.
L-R Uncle Johnny, My sister Kathy Galligan-Johnson, her son Mike Johnson, Wayne Galligan and my son Ryan.

Kathy (Galligan) Johnson

October 24, 2019

I would like to express my deapest sympathy for the family. I met Uncle Johnny when our family vacationed in Seattle. I had the opportunity to camp by the ocean with Uncle Johnny and my cousins. I was taught how to catch, cook and eat Smelt fish. Quite an experience for an Iowan child’s first time at an ocean. Uncle Johnny had an infectious smile. I was fortunate to see Uncle Johnny in August prior to his passing, while my mother (his sister Janet) and I were traveling.

Janet Galligan

October 21, 2019

Did lots of things with Johnny when young. Built kites, taught me to change a bike tire etc. Enjoyed hiis visits to our Winter home in Tx. Wish I could have played a few more cribbage games with him.

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