John Robert “Bocko” Wilmoth
June 14, 1933 ~ July 25, 2014
John Robert “Bocko” Wilmoth, 81, entered into rest unexpectedly Friday, July 25, 2014, surrounded by the family he loved. John was born at home June 14, 1933, in Pyatt, Marion County, AR. As a young man, John moved with his family to Yakima, WA, where he attended Yakima High, playing football. John served his country in the National Guard, based at the Yakima Firing Center. John married Ruth Ann Lester (Deceased) in Yakima, WA and had three children, Karey Ellen, John Timothy and Lisa Erin. John was a hard and resourceful worker. He pursued a variety of careers in Yakima, and accepted a transfer opportunity to Spokane, WA. While in Spokane, John’s career shifted to the HVAC business, where he began working at Thermal Supply as an outside salesperson, later becoming the Spokane branch manager. Short stints at Hadco Supply and I.M. Thrifty gave him the knowledge and background he needed to venture into business ownership, moving to Wenatchee, WA and purchasing Wenatchee Refrigeration. Wenatchee is where John met and married Donna Lavonne Parker, who was always at his side, loving and supporting him through success and tribulations.
John’s early passions were hunting and fishing, joining his dad, brothers, son, uncles, nephews and cousins on many weekend excursions. Along with these passions, camping and boating were a big part of his and his family’s enjoyment. Weekend trips were opportunities to relax with family and friends, fish, water ski, teach skills and make lasting memories. While fishing remained his primary passion, John discovered golf, where he became a member of Wenatchee Golf and Country Club with Donna. While seeking to perfect his game, and his swing, many dear and close friends were made. Many golfing trips to warmer climates, as well as around the Pacific Northwest, were shared with these dearest of friends and many stories have been and will continue to be shared. After ‘Retiring’, John kept up his life’s passion for fun and hard work, continuing to work with local businesses repairing and installing HVAC equipment, as well as tinkering and fixing anything he could put his hands on. John was always looking for a ‘deal’. He believed anything could be fixed and he relished the challenge. John continued to work on his golf until he could no longer hold a club, but kept his passion for fishing with friends. He will surely miss and be missed by his “Coffee Buddies”.
John is survived by wife, Donna of Wenatchee, WA; daughters, Karey Ellen, and Lisa Lamm and husband, Terry; and son, John Wilmoth and wife, Cindy, all of Spokane, WA; step-sons, Mike Abbott and wife, Terry of Wenatchee, WA, and Kelly Abbott and wife, Gina of Spokane, WA; brother, Roy Wilmoth and wife, Audra of Seattle, WA; sisters, Janet Capps and husband, Ron, and Linda Beedy, all of Yakima, WA; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, “Maggie”. John was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Fern Wilmoth; brother, James Wilmoth; sisters, Deane Keller and Betty Koelling; and step-daughter, Julie Abbott.
John was truly “One of a Kind” as a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor and friend. He will be missed by all.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at the Wenatchee Senior Center, 1312 Maple Street, Wenatchee, WA on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. The family encourages all to attend and remember John. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society in John’s name.