John Henry Foss

June 28, 1934 ~ November 5, 2013

A much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, John Foss, 79, passed away at his home fighting a lung disease, Nov. 5, 2013. He was born June 28, 1934, in Wallace, ID, residing the last 36 years in Vancouver, WA.
John moved his family from Spokane, WA to work for Indian Health Services, Portland, OR as a social worker. He was a graduate of Eastern Washington College and received his Masters from the University of Washington.
John was a roofer, worked for the railroad, and DSHS.
After retiring, he went to work for FEMA with hurricane Katrina as one of his assignments.
John loved woodworking and building furniture. He was a member of the Elks Club of Spokane for 57 years.
He married Anne L. Janke, June 27, 1959 and was married 54 years.
John is survived by his wife, Anne; their children: Debbie Akers of Chewelah, WA, Steffanie (Mark) Anderson of Spokane Valley, WA, Michael and Gregory Foss of Vancouver, WA, sisters: Mary Graham Coffey of Solvang, CA, Alice Wilson of Hood River, OR and Genie Goodman of Great Falls, MT; grandchildren: Alissa (Mat) Helvik of Spokane, Kaylee Anderson of Spokane and Jerrid Anderson of Seattle; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Loretta Foss; sister, Joanne Janke; son-in-law, Perry Akers; and nephew, Peter Graham.
A Mass for John Foss will be held Nov. 20, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Spokane, WA at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Share House of Vancouver or a recipient of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 17, 2013