John Wold

Oct 4, 1922 – Jul 20, 2014

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John Wold, 91, passed away on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 in Seattle. He was born on October 4, 1922 in Vigrestad, Norway to Ole and Marie Vold. He was the third of seven children in the family. As a child he lived and worked on the family farm in Vigrestad. Just after WWII he served in the Norwegian Army and was honorably discharged. At the age of 25 in 1948, he immigrated to the United States traveling on the Queen Mary from Southampton, England to New York and then by train to Seattle. 

John worked in a logging camp in Missoula Montana with other Norwegian immigrants in 1949. From 1950 to 1959 he worked in the fishing industry in Alaska both in the canneries and on fishing boats. In the off season he worked at Detail Millwork Door Factory in the Fremont area of Seattle. From 1960-1967, he worked for the Space Saver Door Factory in Mountlake Terrace. He worked there until September of 1967 when he was hired as a Longshoreman on Seattle Waterfront and was a proud member of the ILWU-PMA, Local 19 for 20 years until his retirement in 1987. No matter what he did, John had a good work ethic and was sought after by his employers. He even said once that he couldn't get a vacation when he returned from Alaska because his boss at the door factory was glad he answered the phone and wanted him back the next day. 

In 1955 John met Eldbjorg Kristiansen through mutual friends at the Sons of Norway in Seattle. They courted for two years and were married in 1957 at Ballard First Lutheran Church. They were married for forty two years until Eldbjorg passed away in 1999. 

In his retirement years John enjoyed visiting "Kaffestua" at the Sons of Norway in Ballard. It was there that he made new friends and enjoyed playing the accordion for others, enjoying the camaraderie and culture of their Norwegian Heritage. John was also an avid fan of soccer. If there was a game on T.V. he was most likely watching it. "Far Far" as he was known also enjoyed spending special times with his grandson, Evan whom he adored. 

John is survived by his son Erik, daughter-in-law Beverly, grandson Evan of Mukilteo, his sisters Solveig (Egil), Gerd (Kjell) and Mary all of Norway, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins all of Norway. 

John is preceded in death by his wife Eldbjorg of Seattle, parents Ole & Marie Vold, brother, Gunnar (Halldis), and sisters Bodil (Trygve), and Johanna (Harald) all of Norway.

Tusen takk to Valborg (Val) Nordbo and many thanks to the staff of Norse Home, Foss Home, Group Health and Virginia Mason Hospital.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to: Sons of Norway, Norse Home, or a charity of your choice in John’s name.    


Martin Gimre
Nærbø, No
Aug 24, 2014

Bodil og jeg har vært over og hilst på dere et par ganger etter tusenårsskiftet. Begge gangene var vi innom John og hadde god mimring. Og på tross av høg alder var han helt klar i topp-

en. Gjennom min mor var jeg alltid godt informert om hvordan det stod til i Seattle. Som søsken hadde de god kontakt både ved brev og telefonsamtaler. Husker spesielt hvor spennende det var å følge trekkspillet etter morbror Gunnar på dets veg til


Det var med sorg vi mottok budskapet om Johns bortgang. En staut kar er gått bort. Hvil i fred.

Bodil og Martin

Solveig skandsen
Bærum. , No
Aug 7, 2014

Dere er alle i våre tanker .john vil alltid bli husket som en god bror og kamerat.. Vi lyser fred over hans minne.

Solveig og Egil

Jon Halgren
Seattle, WA
Jul 25, 2014

I was a longshore foreman, and when I saw John comeing to my job I was very happy and knew the work would be done right. He definately practiced a great work etihic. I never saw John play the accordian , but he had good timing. I am sorry John did not have more time with his family. I am glad I had lunch with John at the Norse Home. A good man.

Alan & Jill Langer
Shoreline, WA
Jul 25, 2014

We will always remember John as being the kind neighbor who kept us entertained with his accordion playing, witty comments and creative ways of addressing issues (using a vacuum cleaner to suck up wasps as they returned to their nest in his planter). He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Erik, Beverly, Evan and the rest of his family during this time of loss.

Alan, Jill, Garrett & Gavin Langer

Dagny Vigrestad
Vigrestad, NO
Jul 25, 2014

Tenker på dere, Erik, Beverly og Evan. Dere har vært sterkt knyttet til hverandre, så savnet er nok stort.

John har vært et spesielt søskenbarn for meg, og jeg vil alltid huske de mange telefonsamtaler og gode samtaler om livet på Vigrestad.

Jeg lyser fred over hans gode minne.

Teresa and Loyd Stacks
Everett, WA
Jul 24, 2014

Erik and Bev and family , our heart goes out to you . You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Love T and L.

Einar Nielsen
Bekkestua, No
Jul 24, 2014

It is now 33 years since I first met John during my first visit to Seattle.

Over the years it has been many visits, in later years also with my family. Since I often visited in the autumn I have had the pleasure to be at many of John`s birthdays, the last one was his 90th.

John was alway nice to visit, he was an interesting man to talk to, well up to date in most areas, and had clear and strong opinions in politics.

The picture is from his birthday in 2007 where he is enjoying himself with the kids. As always he would not look at the camera...

This is how we will remember John.

Karen, Ulise, Ellen and Einar

Gerd og Oddgeir Vigrestad
N-4362 Vigrestad, NO
Jul 24, 2014

Kondolerer. Vi ønsker fred over John Wold sitt minne.

Vi vil også ønske alt godt for Evan, Beverly og Eric i tiden som kommer.

Skal også hilse så mye fra Tonny og Gunnar Waldeland, og sønnen deres Ole Waldeland med frue.

Anders N. Haukvik
Vinjeøra, No
Jul 24, 2014

Vi hadde den store glede å få hilse på John 19. Juni i år. En mann med masse minner, historier og fortellertrang.

Erik, Beverly og Evan er i våre tanker og vi lyser fred over Johns minne.

Anders Nielsen Haukvik m/familie

Kåre Vold
Karmøy, No
Jul 24, 2014

Takk for gode minner og innholdsrikt besøk i Seattle. Takk for flott trekkspill som Tone fikk sendt som gave fra deg. John var en kjernekar.

Lyser fred over hans minne!

Tone, Anne Sofie og Kåre

Magnus Vold
Vigrestad, Norge
Jul 23, 2014

Takk for gode minner etter 2 besøk i Seattle

Lyser fred over ditt gode minne John

Audhild og Magnus

John Fisher
Seattle, Wa
Jul 23, 2014

John was an excellent worker and a good union member.

There have been dramatic changes on the Seattle waterfront since

John retired. The good times and the close fellowship are long gone. John, you made your mark and you aimed high. You will be missed. Your friend, John Fisher

Anna Anderson
Mukilteo, WA
Jul 23, 2014

What a wonderful write-up about his life and picture with Evan.

Know that you are in our thoughts.

Doug and Andrea
Mukilteo, Wa
Jul 23, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us know how we can help.

Ann M Brice
Seattle, WA
Jul 23, 2014

Dear John & Bev & Evan: My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if there is anything that you need.

Love, Ann Margaret

Martin Sen Vold
Vigrestad. Norway, N
Jul 23, 2014

Kondolerer. John var en go ven og søskenbarn. Har mange gode minner fra besøk i heimen i Seatle og nå den siste tiden på telefonen. Lyser fred over John,s minne

Anne Margrethe og Martin m / fam.

Terje Vold
Bryne, N
Jul 23, 2014

Kondolerer. John var en kjernekar. En ekte Vold. God på trekkspill og fin i replikken. Jeg har bare gode minner. .

Marit M Vigrestad og Ole-Erik Homlong
Oslo, NO
Jul 23, 2014

Jeg husker Jon best fra når jeg og Turid var på besøk i anledning bryllupet til Erik og Beverly. Har veldig gode minner fra hans trekkspillmusikk. Ellers takker jeg for alle hilsener som jeg fikk fra Jon via telefoner til mor. Vi lyser fred over hans minne.

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