John was born in Midland, SD. He spent his childhood in Montana in various towns.
After graduating high school he enlisted in the Navy and served four years during the
Korean War. After his discharge he moved to Glasgow, MT to work on the Air Base
Which is where he met his one and only wife whom he married on his 23rd birthday.
They welcomed their daughter Mary in 1957, son John in 1958, daughter Suzanne in 1963,
and daughter Stacie in 1969. All the children were born in different towns in Montana as
John followed construction jobs. He worked on Minute Man Missile sites in Montana
And North Dakota. He and the family moved to Washington to work on Central Ferry Dam.
He landed in Spokane and operated tower crane to construct Shriners Hospital, Sea First Bank,
Riverpark Square parking garage, Spokesman Review building, Cavanagh’s at the Park,
Spokane Arena, and more. For two years he operated overhead crane working on Chief Joseph
Dam in Bridgeport, WA. He loved his job and in 1999 retired happy with what he accomplished.
He and his wife, Doris, traveled to St. Croix, Miami, and Montana to visit relatives, landscaped
A beautiful yard, and watched his grandchildren grown up. His whole life centered around his family.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Son John (Nelson) Sherwood of Miami, FL. Daughter Stacie (Aaron) Crites of Spokane,
WA. Grandchildren Heather, Trevor, Scott, and Justin- all of Spokane. And great-grandson Justin of
Spokane. He is preceded in death by daughters Mary and Suzanne.