John, who adored his wife, family and friends, went to be with his Lord Jesus, whom he loved, on Feb. 15, 2018, following complications from emergency open heart surgery in Houston, TX. He joins many family members and friends who preceded him in death including his mother, Jean Gaines, his sister, Marian Harp, his brother Michael Bannister, niece Jodie Bannister and in-laws Logan and Cecile DuBeau.
John is survived by his loving wife, Judy S. Bannister of Joliet, MT; daughters Teri Bannister, Calif., Toni Bannister, Billings; granddaughter Tawni Bannister, NY and special foreign exchange son, Nico Segall, France; sister Irene Hinkley, FL, niece April Litsey and her family in Texas; Sister-in-law Susan Nybo from Billings and her family, brother-in-law Donald DuBeau from Whitefish and his family. Other cherished family and friends including John & Mary Clapper, TX and entire Clapper family; DuBeau, Hutchins, Montee, Clark, McBride and Hopple families; Susanne Laundry, Mass; Joliet neighbors & helpful friends, Brice & Shelley Turk; California friends Dave Ross & family, and Dean Freeman;
Ralph & Miriam Lathrop, Colo; Roy & Carol Mudrick, Alabama; Texas friends Eric Manning, who called John “dad”; Robert Ahbol; Craig & Marie Weber; Ed & Merrilyn Massey; Betty & Jay Crane and many other dear friends at Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission, TX.
John was born April 7, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio. After 20 years in the Navy, he continued his education at Chaminade University Hawaii, Cal State L.A. and Cal Poly Pomona, Calif. He worked for JC Penney in sales while in Hawaii where he was promoted and transferred to California as a Department Manager. After leaving JC Penney, John received his real estate license and was a Mortgage Banker in California for a number of years and then a commercial lender in Montana. After retirement, he utilized his work experience and he and Judy became retail business consultants in Canada and throughout the United States.
John had the gift of being a caring, helpful friend and making a difference in the lives of those he came in contact with all over the country.
Retirement allowed John time to enjoy golfing and traveling the USA and Canada with Judy in their RV. Also, maintaining and improving their Joliet, Montana property, referred to as their peaceful haven for outdoor entertaining.
John strived to live a life that honored the Lord, whose Word he read regularly.
We will greatly miss his presence here on earth.
An early summer celebration of John’s life will be held in Joliet at a date to be announced.