OBITUARY: John William Stanhope Oct. 2, 1919–Aug. 26, 2014

JOHN WILLIAM STANHOPE Oct. 2, 1919–Aug. 26, 2014

John William Stanhope passed away peacefully on August 26, 2014, after a brief illness, he was 94 year old. He was born in Cedar, Kansas to John and Elise Stanhope, on October 2, 1919.

John met the love of his life, Natalie in 1939 and were married on December 24, 1942. They were married for 70 ½ years until she passed away on July 12, 2012.

John was a Pearl Harbor Survivor during WWII, and was a Chief Machinist Mate on the U.S.S. Tennessee Battleship. He served in the Navy for 6 years and then moved to Ellsworth, Kansas. In 1951, he got a job at Zia Company working at the Power Plant in Los Alamos, where he worked for 35 years until his retirement.

He had a house built in the White Rock area in 1967 and lived there until moving to Albuquerque in 1995 to be closer to family. Upon his retirement, he purchased a 30 ft. RV and traveled to Canada, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, California, Missouri, Arizona, and yearly trips to Kansas and camping in the Jemez Mountains. He also enjoyed trips back to Hawaii with his daughter Sondra and husband Dave to see Pearl Harbor and the other Islands, a cruise to Jamaica and traveling Alaska with his daughter Cathy. 

John loved the Jemez Mountains, and remembered when State Road 4 was just an old dirt road until it was paved in the early 1960’s. John and his brother Chet would drive that old dirt road to Fenton Lake to fish. John loved the Old Baca Ranch, and enjoyed a private tour with lunch at the ranch. He loved horses, and worked with race horses and grey hounds for only 25 cents a day when he was 16 years old. His last horseback ride was on his daughter Cathy’s horse – Charlie – when he was 77 years old. 

The family spent a lot of time in the Jemez Mountains having picnics and family gatherings at his daughter Cathy’s homestead. John loved his family very much and was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He loved sports and enjoyed going to this own children’s, grandchildren’s, and great grandchildren’s baseball games, including the Isotope games in Albuquerque.

John is preceded in death by his wife Natalie; his parents John and Elise; his brother’s Claude, Warren and Chet; sister’s Mildred, Nellie and Vera. John is survived by his son Craig (wife Wanda); daughters Sondra (husband Dave Mollohan); and daughter Cathy Renee; grandchildren David, Laura, Travis and Brandon (finance Christina); great grandchildren Kami, Kaitlin, and Michael; special relatives – Jim & Vanetta Anderson, Steve & Trinh Keirns, Larry & Carol Stanhope, Myrna, Ron & Bonnie Stanhope, Cher & Steve Pendarvis, and Naomi & Gwen in California, Joan McCall – Cynthia, Kent, and Lynnette; and his special dog Sweetie.

John gave a benefit talk about Pearl Harbor at the American Legion Hall in Jemez Springs on September 28, 2013. He wanted people to listen to his stories about Pearl Harbor, the first attack on American soil. He was interviewed several times by the Albuquerque Journal and local news stations. He fought for our Freedom and lived to tell his story. Three years ago, he was interviewed and his story was approved by a Senator from California to be in the Library of Congress but will take another 6 months to finish because the CD was lost in the transaction.

A memorial will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations made under to the American Legion Hall Post #75 – John Stanhope, P.O. Box 214, Jemez Springs, NM 87025. He wanted these donations to help go toward a new building for the veterans. May you rest in peace John – you were the best dad, grandpa, and great grandpa and lived a great long life. God Bless!