Oct 16, 2009
by WLJ


John F. Polvorosa, 73, a great friend to many and a man always wearing a smile, passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2009, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, OR.

Polvorosa was born on June 19, 1936, in San Leandro, CA, the son of the late Frank Polvorosa and Josephine (Perry) Polvorosa. After graduating from San Leandro High, he worked at the family grocery store in Alameda, CA. It was during his time tending the store that he met his future wife, Dixie Lee Ames. In the summer of 1958, he joined the Unit- married on Sept. 27, 1958, at the ed States Army, and before starting Carmel Mission in Carmel, CA. Pol- his Army duties, John and Dixie were vorosa then started his service duties and was stationed in Paris at NATO headquarters for almost two years. He valued his lifelong memories of traveling throughout Europe while serving his country. After receiving his honorable discharge in summer of 1958, he rendezvoused with Dixie in New York City and drove crosscountry, to celebrate their postponed honeymoon, back to California.

Upon their return to the Bay Area, John and Dixie made their home in the Mission San Jose neighborhood of Fremont, CA, from 1960 to 1997. Polvorosa was the proprietor of Mission Ranch Liquors and walked to work every day for more than 20 years. He was particularly proud of all three of his children attending the local schools and all graduating from San Jose State University. After the kids were gone and starting families of their own, it was time for John and Dixie to start another new chapter. In 1997 they purchased a 60-acre riverfront ranch in Vernonia, OR, which became their “Camp Vernonia.” John and Dixie built many great memories and gained valuable friendships in their new community in addition to hosting an annual family reunion every Labor Day. Dixie passed away on Jan. 16, 2007, after celebrating more than 48 years of marriage together.

Survivors include his two sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Katherine Polvorosa, of Piedmont, CA, and Bret and Danielle Polvorosa, of Portland, OR; his daughter and sonin-law, Kristin Lee and Matthew Krueger, of Danville CA; his sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen Boas (Polvorosa) and Jon Boas of Danville, CA; his sister-in-law and brother-inlaw, Bonnie (Ames) and Garth Riddler of Seattle, WA; and several nieces and nephews. “Papa John” will also be remembered by his six surviving grandchildren; Riley, Calvin, Henry and Marbella Polvorosa and Lauren and Jett Krueger.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Hospice of Washington County, OR, ( or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, ( in John Polvorosa’s memory. The family would like to thank Dr. John A. Schaer, MD, for the caring relationship he had with John the past two-plus years. A celebration of his life will be held on Oct. 26, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at the Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA.