In memory of

John Richard Aubert

Mar 29, 1942
Apr 7, 2016


John Richard Aubert was born March 29, 1942 in St Louis, MO although he considered Oakland, CA his real hometown. He passed away peacefully on April 7, 2016 with his beloved youngest daughter by his side at her home in Salem, OR.

He was and will be remembered as the ultimate storyteller. He could captivate whole crowds with his tales and stories, some so unbelievable they couldn’t have possibly happened – yet they did. He also told two of the most memorial and heartfelt father-of-the-bride toasts that people still talk about all these years later.

He met the love of his life, Gail Riggs, the night before he was to leave Oakland for Chicago at his going away party. Instead of leaving, he stuck around “one more day” and took her fishing. After many fishing trips later, they married in 1966 on one of the hottest days in Oakland history.

His love was truly illuminated while he stuck firmly by Gail’s side through her cancer diagnosis, grueling treatments, steadfast fight and all the way until the end in April 2003. His heart was forever broken losing her and it gives all of us peace knowing they’re together again fishing, dancing and belly laughing.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer Aubert of Portland, OR and Kristen Aubert Lydon of Salem, OR, their husbands Steve Noveshen and Matt Lydon, and his only grandchild Finn Henry Noveshen.

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Marie Henry says:

    Our Dear Brother Johnnie was one of seven chidren,four brothers and two sisters. We were all so very close as children..and continued our relationships as adults.. with many weddings and reunions and get togethers. Johnnie was always the life of the party. A party was not a party without him..We will all miss him and his kind and gentle ways ..God bless you Johnnie and may God take you into his loving arms.. I love you..Your Sister Marie

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love you all. This was beautiful. We wish you peace through this time. Sifflet-ovson

  3. Ann Baltezore Shoff says:

    The Worldwide Loretto High School Sacramento Alumnae Sisterhood & Community mourn the loss of one of our favorite Dads, John Richard Aubert! We will be forever grateful that you and your Dear Wife, Gail, chose to grace our campus with your beautiful daughters, Jenn '92 and Kristen '98! May you both dance for Eternity in the light of the Moon and Stars! Love, Ann Baltezore Shoff '72, Loretto High School Sacramento Alumnae Director & Manager, Loretto Connect Sacramento on Facebook ♡

  4. Margaret Christensen says:

    My beloved brother, Johnny. He was the kindest, most gentle man I knew. I taught him how to dance and he taught me how to practice patience. I love him and I'll forever miss him.God Bless you Sweetheart.

  5. Joe Aubert says:

    John was a great brother. We spent wonderful time together fishing, traveling, and fellowshipping. My condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wishing you guys peace of mind and peace of heart. - the Jesers

  7. The Cantor's says:

    Our thoughts are with you all. It was an honor to have met him and spend Christmas together in 2014, his toast was heartfelt and his loving heart for his family beamed through his eyes. RIP Mr. Aubert

  8. Karen Billing says:

    Lovely tribute, very sorry for your loss Kristen. May you find comfort in your beautiful memories. I love the thought that he is with his love again.

  9. Michelle White says:

    You always lit up when you saw me. Boy, we had some good laughs, didn't we. Im so grateful for the visit we had for your 70th birthday. You'll never know the tremendous positive influence you had in my life. I love you, Uncle John. I will smile and celebrate you always. Your niece, Shell.

  10. Johnson Funeral Home Staff says:

    Our deepest sympathies for John's Family. He was clearly loved by his family; especially his two girls. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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