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October 20, 1999
Services for John Roland Nighswonger, 75, who died Oct. 12 at Seaside, Ore., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seaside Elks Lodge.
He was born Oct. 24, 1923 in Wichita, Kan. He was raised in Wichita and played high school football. He joined the Army Air Corps as a member of a B-17 ground crew in England during World War II, and married June Dukes on Sept. 20, 1944. He returned to Wichita after the service, and then on to North Bend, Portland, Canby and Cottage Grove, Ore., and also lived in Longview, Wash., for a short time. He was a sales manager for Montgomery Ward and a salesman for Massey-Ferguson. He also managed a bowling alley.
He later moved to Nevada and operated a locksmith business, then returned to Portland and worked for DMV as a manager for several years before retiring. He is a former resident of Pahrump.
His wife June preceded him in death in April. He married Eleanor Bybee on July 24 in Seaside.