John "Johann" Edward Wanamaker
Apr 17, 1936 – Oct 26, 2014
Early on October 26th, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey, John “Johann” Edward Wanamaker of Eagle, Idaho passed on after a valiant battle to stay alive; he died at the Antalya Yasam Hastanesi “Life Hospital.” While visiting ancient Aphrodisias, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, he suffered an apparent stroke and was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. He and his wife, Paulette “Pauli” Wanamaker (née Ellingson) were on a tour of Turkey and both had looked forward to soaring over ancient Cappadocia in a hot air balloon.
John was retired from the Idaho Transportation Department in 1995, and Paulette from teaching in Manhattan Beach in 1999, after which they lived their dream of traveling the world. At last count, Pauli had amassed 24 journals from their adventures. No obituary could ever do justice to the wonderful life they enjoyed together.
Even after death they both planned to be together in the same plot. John’s remains will be interred in the cemetery at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial.
Their home has been in Eagle, Idaho for many years, a home he built in 1974. There will be a gathering in Eagle, to be announced later.
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