July 26, 1920—June 7, 2019
John S. Tolleshaug, 98, passed away June 7, 2019, in Salem, OR. John was born July 26, 1920, in Rainier, OR, to Michal and Katherine Tolleshaug. John is survived by his son Michal Tolleshaug, of Longview, WA; daughters Ann (Craig) Spingath, of Marysville, WA, and Joni (Morry) McClintock, of Salem, OR; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Nell Tolleshaug and brothers Norman and Bob Tolleshaug.
John was born in Rainier, OR, graduated from Rainier High School and later graduated from Oregon State College in 1942. There, he participated in the ROTC program and soon, after WWII began, entered the army as a second lieutenant. He was part of that greatest generation, present on the beaches of Normandy (Utah) during the great D-day invasion. He functioned as a forward scout for the Forth Infantry Division, completing his tour of duty as a first lieutenant. He met and eventually married Nell, a cadet nurse at Barnes General Hospital in Vancouver, WA, while convalescing from his war wounds. They married and settled in Rainier, where he worked in the Rainier Creamery, the family business. It was in Rainier where they started a family. John remained loyal to the family business his entire working career, which eventually moved from Rainier to Longview and became known as Standard Dairy. John was involved and committed to the Kelso Presbyterian Church, Rotary and the VFW. John and Nell were married for 70 years before she passed away in 2016. He was a faithful, kind, giving and caring man; highly respected right up to the day of his passing. The day did not exist where he was willing to pass up a good hand of pinochle. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family. He said he lived a good life, with a great family. He had no regrets.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Steele Chapel Longview Memorial Park.