With great sadness in our hearts the Genaw Family announces the passing of their dear Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, and Grandparent. On Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the age of 72, John Raymond Genaw passed after a short battle with cancer. He was born February 28, 1941 in Ypsilanti, Mich. to John Sr. and Madeline Genaw, who have preceded him in death.
When John was seven years old, his parents and three brothers moved to the small town of Gold Hill, Ore. where he lived much of his life on Maple Lane. He attended school at both Hanby in Gold Hill and Crater High in Central Point, Ore. After graduating he joined the U.S. Army, serving one year before returning to marry his beautiful wife, Karen L. Emmerich, who remained the love of his life. They were married May 13, 1961 in Gold Hill, Ore. and this May would have been their 53rd wedding anniversary. After the wedding, they moved to El Paso, Texas where John completed his service in the Army.
After an Honorable Discharge from the Army, they returned to the family property in Oregon, and together they built their own home on Maple Lane comfortably situated between two of his brothers' homes. There, they raised their two children, Kelli Williams (husband, Kim) and Joel Genaw (wife, Frances).
Over the years, John worked for several lumber mills, such as Double-D Lumber Co., Steve Wilson Lumber Co., and most recently retiring from Western Valley Cutstock in White City, Ore. where he worked as a millwright.
Of primary importance to John during his life, was his belief as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He loved dedicating his time teaching people about Jehovah God and the many blessings God's Kingdom will be bringing soon to the Earth. He was serving as a Christian Elder in the West Valley Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, in Central Point, Ore.
John is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Kelli and Joel; his brothers, Richard (Dorothy) of Raymond, Wash., Roger (Nedra) of Central Point, Ore., and Reginald of Tillamook, Ore.; and three grand-children, Ashley Williams-Barrett (Steven Barrett), Madison Williams, and Laney Genaw; along with two great-grandsons, Mason and Ryder.
A memorial for John will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 489 Cheney Loop, off Haskell St., in Central Point, Oregon.