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John Pantenburg Obituary Photo from Ames Tribune. This photo was probably taken at least 10 years ago.


John Pantenburg graduated from Ames High School in 1974, Ames, Iowa.


John Pantenburg Obituary


October 12, 1955 - August 3, 2015


John Pantenburg of Portland died the afternoon of August 3, 2015 due to complications of lung cancer . He was 59.


Born in Ames, Iowa on October 12, 1955, John was the youngest son of Richard and Dorothy and was raised by his mother and loving step-father, Frank. He graduated from Ames High in 1974 where he formed many lifelong friendships, reuniting with many of these friends just last October at an impromptu class reunion.


In his 20's, John moved to Colorado where he worked as a salesman. A natural people-person, John's amiable personality put those around him at ease, customers and new friends alike. In the mid 1990s, John followed his work to Portland, Oregon. Here, he explored his new city on his beloved bicycle, making friends along the way. John met some of his closest friends, though, during his time at Mattress World. These close-knit coworkers, including Andy Layne and many others, quickly became a second family to him. They supported each other through life's challenges and enjoyed the good times together, even attending a baseball game in Seattle earlier this year.


An avid sports fan, John loved the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Royals, and—after many years in the Pacific Northwest—even the Mariners. His favorite athletes, however, were his great niece Kristin and great nephew, Kellen. For as long as he was able, John was a fixture at the kids' futsal, soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball games. Always encouraging, after each game he asked, have fun? This simple gesture embodied John's easy-going nature and love for his family.


John will be lovingly missed by his mother, Dorothy Ward of Ames, Iowa; his brothers James (Kathy) of Ames, Iowa and Thomas (Kathie) of Littleton, Colorado; his nieces Danelle (Aaron) Isenhart of Beaverton, Oregon and Leah (Marc) McClure of Colorado Springs, Colorado; his nephew Brett (Samantha) Pantenburg of Woodbury, Minnesota; and five great-grand nieces and nephews: Kristin and Kellen Isenhart, Anthony and Christian McClure, and Caitlynn Pantenburg.


He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Pantenburg and step-father Ora Frank Ward. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to Providence Hospice , who took wonderful care of John in his final days. Per John's request, there will be no formal memorial service, though friends are invited to celebrate John's life in ways meaningful to them.


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