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This is a copy of John's obit. I'd appreciate you posting it since I don't know how to reach all of his climbing friends. You are welcome to post my contact info, however, anyone that emails me needs to put something about John on the subject since I get too much junk and delete all unfamiliar names. John was so passionate about climbing and the mountains in general. We did many great hikes and backpacks together (I'm not a climber). His cancer diagnosis came the month after we were married. It didn't slow us down at first. Unfortunately in the past 2 years it started to slow down our outdoor time. It wasn't until this summer that it reduced our hiking to short easy outings.It was so hard to see John go from someone that always left me in the dust, to someone I had to coax around the block. I really miss him, but know his spirit will always be with me as I walk mountain trails.After the snow melts, I will spread his ashes at his requested place off of the Tahoe Rim Trail overlooking the Lake.
John Henry Bees
John ended his 6 year struggle with cancer on Friday, Nov. 17 with his wife and daughter by his side.
He started his life in Huntington , West Virginia where he loved exploring nature. As a teen, his family moved to New York where he eventually attended the State University of New York at Albany earning an accounting degree.
John moved to Reno in the early 1980's after discovering the Sierras on a vacation. He passionately hiked and skied the Southern Sierras which were his favorite. His unofficial motto was Leave no peak unclimbed.John retired from Desert Research Institute in 2005.
When not in the mountains his hobbies included enjoying music, tasting and collecting good wine, discovering fine cuisine, gardening, and weather watching.
The biggest love in his life was his daughter Jenny and what she was pursuing in life.
John is survived by his wife, Sharon Marie Wilcox, daughter, Jennifer, father, Jack Bees, brothers Terry and David, sister-in-law, Denise, nephews Adam and Brian, and his Labs, Tallac and Tioga.
A Celebration of John's life was planned for Dec. 2 at Sand Harbor in the Group Area Ramada from 11-2.
John will forever be remembered by these and other trips...
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