John Trubachik

John Steve Trubachik

Friday, June 11th, 1948 - Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
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John Steve Trubachik, Jr. passed away on October 1, 2019 at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. John was born on June 11, 1948 and was 71 years of age at the time of his passing.

John was born in Cleveland, Ohio to John Steve Trubachik, Sr. and Mary Theresa (Misun) Trubachik. He moved with his family to Oregon in 1953. John attended Park Street School (where he was a member of the 4H Club), and May Street School before the family moved to The Dalles, Oregon. There he attended The Dalles Junior High School and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1966.

John worked at Harvey Aluminum before joining the United States Air Force and after his honorable discharge in 1972, he returned to his position at Harvey Aluminum (later Martin Marietta, Northwest Aluminum) advancing to his final position of Industrial Millwright Lead Man before retiring. While with the company, he participated on their basketball and bowling teams.

He purchased land on the Eastside of Hood River for his home in the country and commuted to The Dalles during his career. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, 4-wheeling, and traveling. He especially enjoyed family hunting trips to Heppner. John hunted with family and friends for elk, deer, antelope, turkey, duck and goose. He fished the Hood River, Columbia River, Deschutes River and even took a few trips to fish the Oregon Coast, Baja, Mexico and in Alaska. In his travels, he went to many lakes and rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest including several National Parks; Yellowstone, Glacier, Arches, Zion, Canyonlands, Yosemite, Sequoia, Redwoods, Badlands, Great Sand Dunes and Lake Mead.

On one of his trips to Alaska, he drove a truck and camper up the Alaskan Highway with his mother, brother and sister. While in Anchorage they went on a fly-in float trip where they flew into a wilderness lake, floated a raft down a couple rivers and ended up at a lake. They saw bear, moose and other wildlife. On the trip back they went through the Yukon Territory in Canada, experienced the life style of the Yukon Gold Rush days by panning for gold and visiting the historic Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson Creek of the Yukon. During another Alaska trip he and family flew into Anchorage and rented a car and toured Alaska, camping at Denali National Park and then driving further North to Prudhoe Bay where they camped at the Arctic Circle Campground.

It wasn’t all hunting and fishing though, he also enjoyed vacations to New York where he toured the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island and the NY Stock Exchange; Philadelphia where he saw the Liberty Bell and ate chocolate at Hershey, Pennsylvania; and Colorado where he visited Pikes Peak, Denver and Colorado Springs where he toured and tasted at the Coors and Budweiser factories.

John was strong, hard-working, loyal, and supportive. He will be missed by all.

He is survived by 3 sisters Susan (Trubachik) Noel (Vern Noel), Marilyn (Trubachik) Nielsen (Jack Nielsen) and Diane Trubachik; 3 nieces Janee, Michelle and Sara; 2 nephews Jacob and Jeffrey; 6 great nieces Britney, Nadea, Maddy, Alyssa, Claire, and Liyah; 3 great nephews Jared, Jeffrey and Justin; and 3 great great nephews Lucas, Hunter and Ronin.

John was predeceased by his parents Mary and John Trubachik and his brother Edward Trubachik.
Catholic Funeral Services with military honors are planned for 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2019 at Anderson's Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031). Graveside Rites will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery (1225 Tucker Road Hood River, OR 97031). A reception will follow the graveside at the Hood River Elks Lodge (304 Cascade Ave Hood River, OR 97031).

Memorial donations may be made in John's name to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife (C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Ave Hood River, OR 97031).

The family of John Trubachik would like to thank the Hood River EMTs, Life Flight and staff at Adventist Medical Center for their care and compassion during this difficult time of our brothers passing.
John was the Rock of the family, stead-fast and lived life to its fullest. He did it his way.....

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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  • Service

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 11:00am
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    1235 Tucker Rd
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Graveside services will follow at 12noon.
  • Reception

    Hood River Elk's Lodge
    304 Cascade Avenue
    hood river, OR 97031
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    All are welcome to join family for continued fellowship following the graveside service.


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Darlien France

Posted at 10:26am
John was one of those very special people in all of our lives at NW Aluminum. He always had a smile for everyone. I loved working with John as he was always easy to work with and would find out the answer to my questions. After the plant, I always enjoyed a few moments of chatting with him at BiMart. He will be missed.

Nikki Lesich

Posted at 07:07pm
I worked at Northwest Aluminum in the late 80's to early 90's when John was working there as well. I have very fond memories of his soft and polite ways. I've thought of him over the years with great regret that we didn't become closer friends. The last time I saw him was several years ago in Fred Meyer with his mom. His amazing, bedazzling smile will be greatly missed.
Condolences to his family.

Nikki Lesich
Northwest Aluminum 1986-1992
The Dalles

Posted at 02:43am
To All of John's family, I send you my deepest condolences and sympathy....

I so well remember John when we in high school together, same class. He was the best looking guy...and nice, quiet, sense of humor but did not need to shout about it. I read his story and it sounds like he has had some good times...heading to Alaska etc. I thought the story may have been about a giant Alaskan bear encounter .....alas, all ended well.
My best wishes for all of you. I worked with patients who developed ALS......not an easy illness and one needs courage, stamina and insight. He had that. I wish you all well. Colleen Fallon, Classmate of 1966.

Judy Freeman

Posted at 09:01am
Cousin John and Aunt Mary came to Wisconsin in 2013. I believe they arrived on Aunt Mary's 89th birthday to celebrate Aunt Tillie's 90th with us. We had such a good time. He was a very generous and gentle man.

Rebecca Janzon

Posted at 05:08pm
I remember cousin John as the kindest, gentlest soul. Rest in peace.

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