John William Putney

John William Putney

John William Putney was born in Kodiak on May 30th, 1963 to George and Elinore Putney. He came into this world with his twin sister, Julia Jane and was raised with five adoring older sisters and one younger brother.  He spent his childhood years in Kodiak then moved with his family to Anchorage where he attended high school. 

John met his wife and soulmate Colleen “Connie” Key in Anchorage and they were married in Hawaii in 1984. They settled in Soldotna after spending a few years in Anchorage and Kodiak but returned to Hawaii often for vacations.  John often recalled how much he loved the warm ocean and being underwater where he could watch the waves roll above him.  He and Connie had a pact to keep their childhoods alive and were known for their lighthearted joking, cartoon watching, water balloon throwing, toy car racing, bubble blowing playfulness.  They shared their love generously with friends and family and their home was a happy gathering place for John’s home-cooked meals.

John was a member of the Bahai Faith and was also baptized at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Hawaii.  He said prayers daily, from the Bahai writings and his own compositions.  He believed in the power of love and wasn’t shy about telling friends and family how much he loved them.

John passed away unexpectedly from complications of liver disease on June 26th while visiting Kodiak and his remains were buried there on July 20th.  His kindhearted gentle spirit will be missed by all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife. He is survived by his siblings Laural Baumgartner, Kathy Opheim, Georgia Putney, Megaera Putney, Lisa Putney, Julia Wheeler, Robert Putney and their families and by many nieces and nephews and their families.