1/15/23 - 1/31/08
John was born 1/15/23 in Vodizza, Italy. He immigrated to Chicago when he was 12, and became an outstanding athlete at Bowen High School. He was All-Chicago in both baseball and football, and signed with the Chicago White Sox upon graduation. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the Army and served during World War II. While based at Fort Warren, Wyo., he met and married Dorothy Roseberry of Laramie.
Following the War, he had the opportunity to return to professional baseball, his contract having been purchased by the Chicago Cubs, but instead he decided to further his education, and entered the University of Wyoming. He was an All-Conference baseball catcher for four years, and as a football offensive and defensive lineman, became the first University of Wyoming football player to be named to an All-America team. He is a member of the University of Wyoming Athletic Hall of Fame, and a member of the University's All-Century football team.
After graduating with a degree in Education, John's career was in High School coaching and counseling, working in Greybull, Wyo.; Adrian, Mich.; and finally at Billings Senior High School. He truly found his calling working with High School boys. He touched and influenced the lives of many of them, receiving cards, letters and phone calls from some for more than 50 years.
After coaching, John was Dean of Boys at Billings Senior High, then Athletic Director of School District #2. He retired in 1987. He was an NCAA basketball official, a member of the Montana Officials Hall of Fame, and a baseball umpire. He became very active in golf, serving several years as President of the Yellowstone County Senior Golf Association, and as Marshall at the Highlands Country Club.
John passed away New Years Eve, following a long fight with Alzheimer's. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; three sons, Lew, Daniel, and Milo; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m., Monday Jan. 5, at the Funeral Gallery, 29 8th Street West, in Billings. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in John's memory to:
Alzheimer's Research, Alzheimer Association - Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N, Billings, MT 59101