On October 23, 2022 John, a very private person in most respects, made his transition to his next life
of eternal peace. He passed away at home in the care of Kathy, his loving wife of 50 years. John
was born in Mt. Lebanon, PA to G. Reed Schreiner and Virginia Nancy Early. After graduating from
high school, John joined the U.S. Coast Guard on the day after his 18 th birthday. He served as head
cook at Loran Station in the Phoenix Islands in the south Pacific theater during WW2. He always
joked that it was his great food that helped his fellow “Coasties” to win that phase of the war.
After serving in the Coast Guard, John graduated from Cornell College in New York with a degree in
hotel accounting. One of his first jobs was with Matson Navigation where he worked in hotel
accounting at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu. His next professional step took him to CA and
the challenge of being self-employed. He and his partners owned and operated a real estate
company. This career lasted until the real estate market dropped and John accepted a new
professional challenge as VP of Income Property Lending for Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu. John
enjoyed this position as he assisted with financing of many existing Hawaii income properties. On
December 31, 1989 he left this career for his forever job RETIRED AND LOVING IT!! John and
Kathy moved to the Olympic Peninsula in October 1992.
His interests were many and varied. Tending his Father’s vegetable garden at the early age of 10
started his life-long relationship with the soil while providing him with a weekly allowance. His strong
appreciation for nature in all its forms and this love of the land, the forests, in fact all of God’s lovely
creation is why he so enjoyed living on the Olympic Peninsula.
John’s passions were traveling, music and model railroad building. He and his daughter Cathy Hoyt
were an awesome duo. John wrote the lyrics while Cathy provided the music. He enjoyed music, but
not all music. It had to have a beat. His all-time favorite was Dixieland and his favorite song as you
probably guessed was “When the Saints Go Marching In”. John’s passion for music included playing
drums, piano and in later years, ukulele with his daughter Cathy. His parents experienced firsthand
John’s musical passion as his high school rock group practiced regularly.
John was preceded in death by his youngest son Jon Christopher and his parents. He is survived by
his wife Kathy; his sister Nancy Hubley and children Cathy (Greg Hoyt), Lanny (Ann) Schreiner, and
Dori (Rod O’Dell) in addition to grandchildren, great grandchildren and a niece and nephew.
At his request, there will be no services. John would be appreciative of donations made in his
memory to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, any U. S. Veterans organization or Peninsula Friend
of Animals. A Celebration of Life is planned on John’s birthday in 2023. Details will come later.