June 22, 1923 - March 19, 2011
John Daniel Levens, 87, died of natural causes on March 19, 2011.
The Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St. The funeral mass
will be held at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Father Tim Hays celebrating. Burial will immediately follow in the Catholic Section of Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the DeSales Booster Club through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.
John was born June 22, 1923, in Walla Walla to James Guy and Margaret (Baumgart) Levens. He attended St. Patrick's Grade School and graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1942.
In March of 1943, John joined the Army and served as a sergeant in the South Pacific Theatre until 1946. That same year, he married Margaret Wendt also of Walla Walla. John worked at Libby's Cannery
for 29 years and then for Walla Walla Public Schools until retirement.
John's life was centered on faith and family. A loving husband and father, he also was a devoted grandpa who joyfully supported his grandchildren in their athletic and extracurricular events. John liked stamp collecting and especially enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. He was a member of Assumption Church.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 2002; and a sister, Mary Croft of Seattle. Surviving are his three children: daughter, Barbara Stanton (Jim) of Milton Freewater, and sons, John Levens (Judi) of Healdsburg, Calif., and Michael Levens (Alane) of Walla Walla; along with his four grandchildren, Renae Bendix (Keith) and Amy Albee (Trevor) both from Salem, Ore., Sarah Hallead of Yakima,
and Joe Levens of Billings, Mont.; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Gannon Bendix, Ella and Crosby Albee, Abigail and Benjamin Hallead and Weston and Brylee Levens. John is also survived by his two brothers, James Levens of Everett and Robert Levens (Joan) of Tacoma.