John Aloysius Quebbemann

July 13, 1964 ~ March 24, 2021 (age 56)


John Aloysius Quebbemann passed away peacefully at home in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 24, 2021, after a long illness. John was born on July 13, 1964, in the small college town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, to Aloysius of Chicago, IL and Brenna (nee Kidney) of Fairbanks, AK. He grew up with two brothers and two sisters in Minneapolis, MN. While attending community college, he made the evening news when he disarmed a man who came to class to shoot a lover. John was accepted to University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, emphasis on neuroanatomy and a 3.75 GPA. He interned with Senator Ellis in Juneau and became a lifelong follower of politics like his father. He enjoyed all outdoor sports. His favorite job was a summer on the Marine Highway, watching nature from the deck during sunlit midnights. He met Sonja Carlson and together they built a log cabin in Fairbanks. He joined the IBEW electrician apprenticeship and made lifelong friends. He became foreman, ran a branch office, and became a Journeyman. John and Sonja were married September 16, 2000 in Fairbanks at the home they had built, witnessed by friends and family from all over the USA. He was working in Prudhoe Bay when his daughter Kalina started talking. He immediately sought a job that would keep him in Fairbanks. Of his job at Facilities Services UAF he would say, “This job was made for me.” John threw himself into single parenthood. He never remarried. He was unendingly proud of Kalina’s achievements and enrolled her in everything from archery to rifle team to theater to youth leadership. She met with Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor during one such program. She will soon start a University degree program. John is survived by his daughter Kalina, his mother Brenna, his sisters Noel and Roselyn and his brother Brian, aunts and uncles and numerous cousins here in the USA and in Germany, nieces Brianna, Freyja and Ivy, nephews Logan and Ogden, and friends in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by Sonja his wife 2008, Aloysius his father 2015, and Vincent his brother 1998. John’s ashes will join his father’s in the unending wilderness adventures that are the Chena, the Tanana and the Yukon Rivers. “Be willing to surrender what you are for what you might become.”

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