Obituary: John Allen Goldenstein 1928 - 2012
John Allen Goldenstein of Cornville, AZ passed away, peacefully, on Saturday September 22, 2012. John was born on December 29, 1928 to Rudy and Winnie Goldenstein in Glenville, NE. John journeyed to Valentine, AZ with his family when he was 9 years old and rode the whole way out sitting on his mother’s lap. They brought with them five crates of eggs, which were sold in order to give the family their new start in Valentine, AZ. There, John’s parents ran the station, which consisted of the post office, grocery store, cabins and gas station. John served in the Army during the Korean War as a radio operator, after which he returned to Arizona and ran various service stations in Kingman and Flagstaff with his brothers Bob and Lou. Of his many adventurous stories, he enjoyed telling of delivering the first load of fuel to the bat caves, (which are located near the now famous Grand Canyon Skywalk) and would later frequent this trip in which he had to back out of the canyon on a very narrow stretch of road that was a mile long.
John worked for 24 years at, and retired from the Flagstaff Post Office. Being a hard working man, retirement did not suit him well so he began a new career, this time with Yavapai County, and continued there until the time of his death.
John was a good husband and loving father who dedicated himself to his family. He will always be remembered for his kindness, honesty and great smile, which he instilled in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors and visiting new places and could be found breaking out into random old songs and telling or hearing a good joke at any time. He was an honest, dependable and extremely kind man who was always willing to help others, and never afraid to tell ya how it is.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Ila May Goldenstein, his brother Bob Goldenstein (wife Rosie), daughters, Carol Bannister, Mary Stuart, Debbie Goldenstein, Stephanie VonBank (husband Ray), sons, David Goldenstein, David Montgomery (wife April), Russel Montgomery, and Jeff Montgomery, 23 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.
John will be deeply missed by his family and friends who enjoyed spending time with him and listening to stories of his past and about family members we did not get to meet, but he will live on in our hearts, our memories and stories that we will pass down to future generations.
Family and friends will get together to remember John at Dead horse state park in Cottonwood, Arizona at 11:30 A.M. followed by a memorial service at Wescott Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M.
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