John Edward Monasmith was born Jan. 2, 1936, at Haxtun, Colorado, to Marion and Ruth (Pribbeno) Monasmith.
As a young man, John grew up and attended school in the Lamar and Champion, Nebraska, area. He graduated from Chase County High School, Imperial, in 1955.
John began working in the oil fields after graduation and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1959. He was discharged in 1961 and returned to southwest Nebraska to begin his long life career as a semi-tractor owner operator.
In the early 1980s John drove his truck to Alaska, where he resided for several years. He traveled the haul road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay in the days before it was known as the “Ice Road” on the History Channel television show.
He returned to Nebraska and resided in Wauneta for many years. He recently had moved to Arapahoe because of his health and to be near his sister, Fern.
John enjoyed drinking coffee and visiting with friends and relatives. He loved to watch and follow Nebraska football and the Colorado Rockies and was an avid raccoon hunter in his early days.
He was a former member of the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Wauneta American Legion Post #304 and the Imperial Andrew Kinder VFW Post #4688 .
John passed away Thursday morning, July 26, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Arapaho. He was 82 years of age.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Ruth; brother Don Monasmith; and brother-in-law Dean McCoy.
Survivors include daughter Callene Monasmith and wife, Mo Haddock, of Anchorage, Alaska; sons Mike Monasmith of Sacramento, California, Matt (Kimberly) Monasmith of Ada, Oklahoma, Mark (Marcella) Monasmith of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandson Sawyer Monasmith of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters Joan (Boyd) Mathews of Imperial, Fern McCoy of Arapahoe; and sister-in-law Amy Monasmith of Imperial.
Funeral services for John Monasmith were held Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. MT at the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta with Pastor David McCarthy officiating. Inurnment graveside services will be held at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Lamar, with full military honors at a later date.
Visitation was held Tuesday, July 31, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Wauneta
Memorials have been suggested to the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion Post #304 of Wauneta.
Online condolences maybe left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.