John Calvin (J.C.) Witherspoon II, 46, passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2016 at his home in Chehalis, Wash., after a long battle with chronic illnesses. J.C. was born Aug. 21, 1969, in Kennewick, Wash. Growing up, J.C. split his time between Eastern and Western Washington hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. After graduating from Weatherwax High school in Aberdeen, Wash., class of 1987, he entered into the United States Air Force.
J.C. was hoping to be stationed abroad; only to wind up stationed at McChord Airforce base in Western Washington. Shortly after being discharged from the service in 1990, J.C. met the love of his life Karen, and that’s where the real adventures began. They wed in 1994. Undecided, J.C. bounced from Eastern to Western Washington making sure he was never far from water, as he was a consummate outdoorsman. In 2001 he and Karen moved to Skamania County, and he always considered this HOME. J.C. was a jack of all trades and master of most of them; from being a 911 dispatcher for the city of Prosser to working as a carpenter, gunsmith, fishing guide and guide for bigfoot hunters, just to name a few. He was always willing to impart his wisdom to anyone willing to listen and was known for his vast number of “J.C.-isms.” Along the way, J.C. made lifelong friends. He touched many people in a way that only he could. His infectious laugh and ability to recount adventures are legendary. J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Karen Witherspoon; mother, Gerry (Steve) Salstrom; dad, John (Janice) Windle; sister, Creedence Windle; and a plethora of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father, John Witherspoon. J.C. lived a charmed life with no regrets and will be truly missed by friends and family.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon – 3 p.m. in Stevenson, Wash., at the Eagles Lodge. In Lieu of flowers feel free to donate to diabetes awareness, NRA, Cancer research or your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of Brown Mortuary Service in Chehalis.