John was born in Duluth, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth branch.
In World War II, John was an Army medical corpsman on Saipan. After the war, John joined the Air Force and flew as an electronic warfare officer in an RB50. During the Cold War, he was an EWO in the B-52B and B-52G and served on stand-board Crew 850 in the Wing 5th Air Force. Followed by a four-year tour at the Pentagon – three years as an engineer and the fourth year as executive officer operational requirement and development plans division, strategic and defense forces, followed by a year in Vietnam as an advisor to the director of operations 7th Air Force. On July 1, 1969, John retired from the Air Force with 20 years of service.
John went on to build and sell three insurance agencies between 1970 and 1992. After retirement John enjoyed playing golf at the Green Valley Country Club and served as a Rotary International district governor – and later represented the Rotary International president at district conferences in Norway and Sweden.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane Klefstad of Fairfield.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Rockville Presbyterian Church, 4177 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Calif.
Condolences can be made at www.oakparkhillschapel.com.
Arrangements under the care of Magleby’s Oak Park Hills Chapel, Walnut Creek, Calif. 925-934-6500.