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John Paul Kowceun passed away at home in Kamiah, Idaho on Firday February 2, 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
John was born July 9, 1948 in Mankato, Minnesota to Nick Kowceun, Sr. and Esther (Hippauf) Kowceun. He was drafted into the Army in 1968. After basic training he went to Germany for a year and a half as a tank mechanic before being honorably discharged in 1970. John had many jobs over his lifetime from shining shoes as a youngster to working in a foundry, hot mop, roofing, concrete work, plumbing, and working in a cannery in Alaska. He found his true passion in construction. John and his friend John Wasson had their own construction company and he worked for the NezPerce tribe for a time, building and remodeling tribal housing. He received and award for project of the year on one of the houses he remodeled.
John went to work for the Forest Service on the road crew. He loved that job. He would say "How could you not love it? I get to work on a postcard every day!" John came to Kamiah in May of 1977 and knew he found his forever home. He loved the mountains and he spent as much time as possible exploring them. Many hours were spent around a campfire telling stories with family and friends. He missed the fishing of Minnesota but the mountains were his home.
John was an active member of the Kamiah Jaycees. He received many awards for his efforts of which he was very proud of.
John married Christine Larsen in 1978. they had two children. That marriage ended in divorce. He met the love of his life in 1987 and he and Earleen were inseparable. They married in April 1993.
John loved hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and huckleberry picking. He was an avid bowler, bowling on many leagues over the years. He was a Seahawks fan but the Minnesota Vikings were his true love. He loved spending time with family and friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
John is survived by his wife Earleen, his daughters Anna (Dallon) Rupp of New Plymouth, Idaho; Mariah (Scott) Moreno; Malta, MT. And a son Aaron Harris of Minnesota. His grandchildren Kaitlyn, Kerissa, Kendra, and Kassie Rupp of New Plymouth, Idaho and Silo and Scarlett Moreno of Malto, MT; and Tyler Portratz. His brother Nick (Carolyn) Kowceun of Mankato, MN; and his sister Jeanne (Jim) Shananhan of Raleigh, NC and many nieces and nephew, and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends.
A memorial service was held on February 10th at 11:00 am at Trenarys Funeral Home in Kahiah, Idaho.
Published on February 19, 2018
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