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John Henry NAEF

17 noviembre , 193719 noviembre , 2020

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, John Naef, loving husband and father of two, unexpectedly passed away from a stroke at age 83.

John was born on November 17, 1937 in Philipsburg, MT to Asa and Eleanora (Steber) Naef. On June 27, 1959, he married the love of his life Judy Etta Fessler, with whom they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage together. They raised two daughters, Paula and Lisa.

Everyone knew John was a Marine because of his many collections of flags, hats, stickers, shirts, you name it. After marrying Judy, they moved their family to Washington State. He was a general contractor and drywall hanger until he retired at the early age of 59.

He had a great passion for golf and played as often as he could. He often talked about “Shooting his age” and his 5 “hole in ones” were one of his great accomplishments on the links.

He loved his grandkids, Mallerie, Dustin and Janessa along with his great grandkids, Mason and Lucas. It brought him joy when they called him Papa and Pappi.

John was a simple man and you could find him purchasing his wardrobe at the thrift store in PBurg, each summer, as he found they donated funds to the local hospital. His restaurant of choice was Burger King.

John was preceded in death by his father, Asa, his mother, Eleanora and his brother Ron. He is survived by his wife Judy, his two children, Paula Naef Marvin, Lisa Thurston (Glenn), 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, his sister Marie, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

John and Judy made annual trips to Montana visiting their hometown of Philipsburg. He was loved by young and old. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will not be a celebration of life at this time, the family will anticipate laying him to rest at the family plot in Philipsburg during the summer of 2021.

Rest in Peace Daddy, Pappi, Honey…God promised there are no frogs in heaven.


John Henry NAEF

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Steve and Patricia Siebens

noviembre 27, 2020

Judy, knowing John and being a small part of his life has been a blessing for both of us. We will always remember his sense of humor, love of family, devotion to this country, and can do attitude. One special memory took place at the “view house”. We were over for dinner and had decided to “try” golf. John took Steve out back and gave him a few suggestions as they drove golf balls down the hill. Fortunately, dinner was ready and there was no time for that long hike down and back up to retrieve the balls.

Al Kehren

noviembre 25, 2020

Judy, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family on John’s passing. He was a pleasure to play golf with and I will especially treasure our talks at the Nineteenth Hole. I never could convince him serving in the Army was better than being in the Marines. I am happy we were friends and I’ll really miss his laughter and humor. You and John had a very loving marriage and I hope this gives you some consolation in this most difficult time.

Cheryl Chilmonik

noviembre 25, 2020

Bob and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Meeting you and John on our nightly walks was very special. Hoping you and your family will be comforted by the beautiful and long-lasting memories you hold in your heart. Prayers and hugs go out to all of you.

Joni Hollyoak

noviembre 25, 2020

Judy - So sorry to hear of John's passing. My heart aches for you & the girls. I know there will be a large gap in your lives but also know you will be comforted by all the years of memories you shared with him.

Take care my Friend, Joni

Melissa Lathum

noviembre 24, 2020

I was so blessed to have John and Judy as neighbors for several years in Washington. John ALWAYS offered a warm smile and was a very kind man. The deep love he shared with his beloved Judy was lovely to see.

I am sad for John's loss, and my heart aches for dear Judy, but I am happy to have known such a special person...see you again John...Melissa Lathum

leAnn Klotz

noviembre 24, 2020

Judy, Paula & Lisa, So sorry for your loss. May God give you strength at this difficult time. RIP John. God Bless you All. LeAnn Rommel Klotz.

Claudia Harrell

noviembre 24, 2020

Judy, I always enjoyed time spent with you. I also enjoyed meeting John. He was a great husband for you and together you were a very special couple. Attending a Grief Share class really helped me when my mother and husband passed within 4 months of each other. When you are ready I hope you will be able to attend one. Hopefully we can meet up someday.

Jane Henderson

noviembre 24, 2020

Known Judy and John since the 70's, John was always kind to me and I loved his sense of humor. I will always remember John every day as I take my coffee cup off the top of my coffee pot, God bless the family, you girls were so fortunate to have had a Dad like him, and have so many wonderful memories, I was not that fortunate when my Dad died

Sue Shabo

noviembre 24, 2020

We did not have the privilege of knowing him, but knowing his daughter, Lisa, and hearing about him from Lisa and Glen assure us that he is someone we look forward to meeting in heaven!!! We send our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort for all of his family and friends.