John Albert Biornstad, 85, of Hood River, Ore., passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2014, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born April 11, 1929, in Gresham, Ore., to Thomas and Mae Biornstad.
John graduated from Gresham High School in 1947 and married Leora Bell Punzel in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 3, 1951. He lived in Portland and Hood River, and worked as a truck driver until his retirement in 1985.
John was an active man with varied hobbies and interests, including woodworking, hunting, reading, golfing, building, playing cribbage and pinochle and building model trains. He was an active member of his community and a strong Christian man.
John is survived by his children: John Biornstad, of Big Lake, Alaska, Sharon Carnahan, of Corvallis, Ore., Steve Biornstad, of Corvallis, and Suzie Althens, of Glacier View, Alaska; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leora Bell Biornstad.
A memorial service for John will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Hood River Church of the Nazarene, 2168 Belmont Drive, Hood River.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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