John Jeffrey AHO

December 17, 1959June 30, 2018

John Jeffrey Aho passed away on June 30, 2018 in Troutdale, Oregon. John was born on December 17, 1959 in Portland, Oregon.

John graduated from Gresham High School in 1978. He attended Oregon State University and later graduated from Clackamas Community College.

On July 27, 1985 he married Arlene Mott in Gresham, Oregon. John lived to the fullest and shared his life and love with Arlene. They enjoyed their many great relationships and activities with their extensive group of friends and relatives. John was a passionate and enthusiastic volunteer for the American Water Works Association where he planned and participated in many of their social events, business meetings, and conventions. He was especially enthusiastic about serving on their Scholarship Committee that enabled local students to fund a college education. In memory of his participation in AWWA, in 2008 John was awarded the PNWS AWWA Heart and Soul Award.

John combined his interest in fishing and desire to serve by donating his time and expertise at many of the area’s charity fishing tournaments and John and Arlene donated time to Children with Cancer camps. John had a special passion for fishing and hunting, and he especially loved his time on the Sandy River. He learned to love this fishing spot as a young child and continued to enjoy it as an adult; John fished all over the Pacific Northwest and he always returned to the Sandy. He was a part time fishing guide. John also loved cooking for friends and relatives, and he was never accused of running out of food or providing small portions.

John’s friends, family, and acquaintances knew him as a genuine and faithful man, and he always had time to help those around him. He is greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

John is survived by his loving wife Arlene, Troutdale, OR., sister Sheila Boogaard, Lincoln City, OR., and brother Bill Chisholm, Beaverton, OR.

Memorial service will be on Saturday, July 14th at 1 pm at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 NE Cleveland Ave. in Gresham.

In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate donations made to the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, or to Water For People.


  • Association of Northewst Steelheaders
  • Water For People


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Arlene Aho

July 17, 2018

Thank you all for the great memories and kind words everyone shared about John. My heart was filled with love to hear how much he touch all our lives. Although cut way to short, I'm so grateful for every second I was able to spend with him throughout our wonderful 38 years together. I'm so proud to be able to say he was my husband, best friend and soul mate and I will miss him beyond words every single day of my life.

God bless you all,
Arlene Aho

Margaret Tumminia

July 10, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow for you. . !! XO

Please remember that you are not alone... We are always here for you.!!

Best Wishes with a BIG HUG Margaret

Joyce DeLeon

July 10, 2018


I am so saddened to hear of John's passing!! My heart goes out to you!!

Hugs and peace to you Dear!!

Kevin Fritz

July 9, 2018

I met Johnny down at Hagars around 18 years ago. I was shocked as anyone who heard the sad news. I cant remember anyone quiet like him in a very long time who had such a disarming quality and a friendly personality that he seemed to carry almost effortlessly . Within minutes of meeting him we immediately both found some common ground and were friends instantaneously. I'm sure that's how it was for almost everyone that ever had a chance to met this man.His goodbyes when exiting a room were just as personal as his Hellos. Cheerful in all weathers . I'll miss the "rained out get together's, stories and laughter". With a heavy heart, my deepest condolences to family and friends.


July 9, 2018

I used to babysit John before and after school we lived right across the street he went to school with my daughters Kim and Jodi Rogers

Mark Krenz

July 9, 2018

I worked with John for many years at the City of Gresham . He was friendly, kind , loving , caring , sharing and always a very positive man trying to be problem solver rather than a burden for many of the s citizens of the City of Gresham . We both had started to talk to each other about retirement and the plans after working . I was sadden that John was gone so soon and when I heard about his passing and I could only can pray for his family , friends & know that he is in a better place now even though we all are hurting very much from this loss. This community and all of us will miss him very much !!!!!! Rest in Peace John

Mike Shane

July 7, 2018

The world is a better place because of Johnny, and we're all better people for having known him. He was the most comfortable person to hang out with. Nothing pretensious, always humble, very generous  and a great sense of humor. It didn't matter how much time that had passed between our visits, we always picked up right where we left off.  So many great memories of spending time with him and Arlene over the years, something that I will always hold close.  Rest in peace my friend.

Paul & Wendy Wythe

July 7, 2018

We first came over to Oregon from the UK in 1997 and bumped into John. Well, you don't just 'bump into' John, you rebound from his generosity. He was a giver not a taker and we had wonderful times together fishing and eating his excellent BBQs down by the riverside.
We returned to Oregon in 2002 which was when we first met Arlene......they both gave us so much of their time and we felt like we'd known them forever.
In 2014, John & Arlene visited us in, wine, laughter.....what fun!
And, on our most recent trip to Oregon in 2016, we were made extremely welcome at John & Arlene's home in Troutdale. They certainly knew how to entertain!
We consider ourselves privileged to have know John and our thoughts are with Arlene & family at this time.

Carrie McKowen

July 6, 2018

My first holiday season working with the Water Division, I had asked the team if we could sponsor a family that I knew going thru tough times. It was a family of 4 but the parents just wanted to be able to give their kids presents. They weren't concerned for themselves. The team agreed and we all pitched in a gift. However, it was John and Arlene who contributed what seemed like 10 gifts for these kids. When I asked Johnny why so many, he said that since he and Arlene didn't have children of their own, he had a soft spot for others' kids, especially those in need. I was touched by this.

Also, Johnny and I shared a love of Corvettes. Every time we talked about his and Arlene's silver Vette, he always referred it as "his wife's car" even though he drove it often during the summer. Rest in paradise Johnny. My deepest condolences to Arlene, family and friends.

David Rouse

July 6, 2018

Worked with John for many year's. Never saw him without a smile. He was a true inspiration for those in the water profession.
He will be truly missed.