Dec. 18, 1922 - May 5, 2010
John Nelson Stirn was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Spokane, to Fred Turner Stirn and Marie Hofstedt Stirn. His parents drove from their ranch home near Reardan, Wash. to Spokane for his birth. He was raised on the farm that his grandfather, also named John Stirn, homesteaded. His father passed away in 1934 when John was 11 years old. His family moved to Spokane where he attended Adams Grade School and had a paper route. Before graduating from Lewis and Clark High School in 1941, he worked at Greenoughs Grocery Store delivering groceries. After graduation, he was employed at the Spokane and Eastern Bank until he was called into the service in 1943. After a life-threatening illness, he received a medical discharge. Returning to Spokane, he kept books for the Spokane Fish Co. while attending Kinman Business School and receiving an accounting degree. Then he was employed by Le Master and Daniels CPA firm in Spokane He married H. Lucille "Lu" Isaacs on Aug. 14, 1948. They moved to Walla Walla in June 1951. As an accountant, he worked and traveled for several business establishments until his retirement in 1989.
John was a member of the former downtown Lions Club, a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Club No. 287, a former member of the Walla Walla Country Club where he served 30 years as the club's secretary/treasurer. He was a 55-year member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and was the church treasurer for 32 years.
John was a great family man who loved being a grandfather. He and Lu were married for close to 62 years. He was predeceased by his parents, also by brother, Fred T. Stirn; sisters, Jane Shefveland, Eileen Nihoul and Mary Simmonson. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gregory N. Stirn and Mary Beth; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharron L. Keyes and Walter, Debra C. Barham and Scott; grandchildren Lindsey A. Pietz (Jake), John Stirn Keyes, Merrylou Stirn Keyes, Justin O. Barham, and Andrew B. Barham; great-grandchildren, Gunnar Pietz and Sawyer Pietz, as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla, with the Rev. Albert Gillin officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund to benefit the new alarm system or the Walla Walla Community Hospice, through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home at 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA 99362.