John Victor Asplund
1927 - 2020
{ "" }
Share John's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

January 30, 1927 ˜ September 12, 2020

John Victor Asplund passed away Sept. 12, 2020, in Chehalis, WA, after living a fulfilling 93 years. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Coos Bay (Marshfield), OR.
After graduating from Marshfield High School, John served in the Navy as a Seaman First Class (signal man) during the closing days of World War II. After the war, John attended Oregon State (College) University where he met his wife Catherine (Raffin) Asplund. They married in St. Helens, OR, in 1949.
After graduation, John began his career in Civil Engineering. He worked on many projects for Pacific Power and Light Company, including serving as Project Engineer for the Centralia Power Plant (Centralia, WA) and Jim Bridger Power Plant (Rock Springs, WY). Pacific Power and Light honored John by petitioning and receiving designation of John Asplund Creek in the state of Wyoming.
In his early years, John worked logging as a summer job and always sought experiences in nature. He loved spending time at the family cabin on 10 Mile Lake, hiking, fishing and swimming with friends.
John, with his wife and daughters, explored out-of-the-way places in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states. He loved adventure and would take the family on roads a car was never meant to travel to places such as 23 Skidoo, telling them about the adventure as it was happening.
In his mid-80’s, John hiked quite a bit with Silver Star in southern Washington state as a hike that should not be missed. The family recalls years spent at their property on Clear Lake and extending their travels to lands near Medford, OR, Green River, Rock Springs and Sheridan, WY.
After retirement, John and Catherine loved visiting family and began overseas adventures to places of historical interest as their destinations: Italy, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Moscow, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and sailing around Cape Horn with stops along the way in South America. John was an avid sailor enjoying time spent on local lakes and the Puget Sound.
He had many hobbies through the years. John was a ham radio operator, loved turning wood, building model ships, photography and was an avid reader and lifelong learner.
John taught his family many lessons by example: the value of dedication, doing your best at anything you undertake, and to adopt a life of constant learning. He was gracious and welcoming, and possessed a wonderful sense of humor.
John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Catherine (Raffin) Asplund; and three daughters, Christine (Chris) Langford of Chehalis, Mary (Morry) Stafford of University Place, WA, and Susan (Mark) Kershisnik of Loveland, CO; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Walter Asplund and Hazel Marie (Christensen) Asplund; and sister, Charlotte (Asplund) Palmateer.
A family memorial is planned for a later date.
Please share a memory @

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Columbian on Oct. 11, 2020.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
7 entries
October 14, 2020
The two years spent working for and with John at Jim Bridger were two of my best years at Pacific. John taught by example and was one of the finest men I have had the good fortune to work with. My wife and I fondly remember the good times skiing with John and Catherine.
Steven Schenk
October 12, 2020
John was my first manager after graduation and was a great teacher. I always appreciated his dedication to our profession and guiding young souls to achieve their greatness. May your rest in peace.
Mike Strickler
October 11, 2020
It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
The winds were fair
John was young
And he was at the rail
With shipmates once again.---rs
Roger B. Sheetz, USN
October 10, 2020
So sorry to hear that John passed away. I worked with him on many projects during my time with Pacific Power & Light. He was a terrific boss with a great personality, so funny, loved to gag you. He will be missed. My thoughts are with you and the family.
Joyce Atkins
October 7, 2020
Catherine, I’m so sad to know about John’s passing. I don’t know if you know that I lost Shirley on April 4th. Losing a lifelong mate at this point in our lives is extremely difficult, I’m sure you agree. My memories of all of us keep flooding my brain: our camping trips at Lomolo lake and in more recent times our trips to Lincoln City, precious memories that they are. I first knew John as a freshman at OSU. I would be pleased to chat with you by phone or email if you would send your number to my email listed here. With all my love, Terry.
Terry Hercher
October 4, 2020
Many great memories of John with Pacific Power and Light while working together on Power Projects. John was a man of integrity and high values. He will certainly be missed and remembered.
Gary Larsen
October 3, 2020
i will miss John!! He was such a gracious and fun person to talk to. We had several great talks about our family, and the different adventures there was.Love!!! Karen (Christensen) Ropar
Karen (Christensen) Ropar
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences