John Warren Nydam, age 85, passed away December 16, 2022. There are no services scheduled at this time.
John was born January 30, 1937, in Oak Park, Illinois to John and Ursula (Schwerdtmann) Nydam. He went to Canoga Park High School and attended Pierce College and UCLA. John served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1958.
He married Janis Swanson in Van Nuys, California on April 3, 1959, together they welcomed two children.
John worked for Litton and Moxon Electronics from the 1960’s to 1971. In 1972 they moved to LaGrande, Oregon after purchasing a Coast-to-Coast Hardware Store. After the sale of their LaGrande store in 1977, John and his family moved to John Day where he owned and operated the John Day Coast-to-Coast. He also owned two other Coast-to -Coast Hardware Stores, one being in Baker City, Oregon the other in Moses Lake, Washington. John was the owner operator of Nydam’s Ace Hardware up until the present time.
John was a member of the John Day Elk’s Lodge, Lion’s Club, Grant County Krusers, and the Grant County Oregon Amateur Radio Club. His hobbies included wood working, the Ham Radio, and he enjoyed hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ursula Nydam and his sister, Dona Lea Day.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janis Nydam of John Day, OR; daughter, Karri (Darren) Pettyjohn of Canyon City, OR; son, Trace Nydam of Great Falls, MT; granddaughters, Lynn (Stefan) Gladbach of Seattle, WA; Lauren Nydam of Bozeman, MT; Morgan Nydam of Missoula MT; grandsons, Riley Pettyjohn of John Day, OR; Kyle Pettyjohn of Seneca, OR; and one great grandson, Matteo Gladbach of Seattle, WA.
Memorial contributions in his honor can be made to a charity of one’s choice through, Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.
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