John-Stephen William Hancock, father, son, brother, uncle, friend left us suddenly on Nov. 16, 2013. John was born Sept. 24, 1976, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to William Hancock and Gloria Farris Hancock. John-Stephen was dedicated to God at a few weeks old. He is survived by his godmother, Paula K. Hodges of England.
John spent his younger years back East until he moved to the Lewis-Clark Valley in 1982. He attended grade school at Whitman Elementary and Orchards Elementary, Jenifer Junior High, and East High School in Anchorage, Alaska, he received his GED at Walla Walla Community College and started a very productive life from there. John had several jobs in his life, but had found his niche when he became a truck driver for Excel Transport. He has been with the company for 13 years. John married Lee Ann Schmadeka. They then brought their son Wyatt (the center of John's universe) into the world in 2002. His son then became his new life's mission.
John was a great man, father, son, brother and uncle. He always carried a warm smile and shook hands upon seeing the ones he knew, and could talk to anyone. John had lots of loves in his life, but his passions were his son, Wyatt, motor sports, camping, hunting, fishing, and the Lewiston Demolition Derby where his co-drivers and fans affectionately called him "Lil John Hancock" in No. 117. John also had great passion for his job. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his father, William Hancock of Lewiston; mother and stepfather, Gloria Farris Kenoyer and Bruce Kenoyer Sr. of Kittitas, Wash.; six sisters, Angela Johnson and partner Quinn Wilson of Lewiston, Lisa Allen of Soda Springs, Idaho, Cassandra and Chuck Winegeart of Clarkston, Aurora and Ryan Prophet of Knoxville, Tenn., and Kimberly and Desrai Kenoyer of Missoula, Mont.; brother Bruce and Klarissa Kenoyer of Pullman; Ray Minster of Clarkston, John's brother by camaraderie and love. He will be especially missed by the center of John's universe, his son, Wyatt Ray and his mom Lee Ann, of Pocatello; grandmothers, Mary Callaway and Barbara O'Donnell-Kenoyer, both of Pullman; mother-in-law, Karen Schmadeka of Lewiston. John is also survived by his numerous nieces and nephews, one great-nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins and many extended family members as well as his childhood friend, Bill Parker. John is also survived by his dog, Cinder, of Kittitas, Wash.
Preceding John on his heavenly journey were his stepmom, Alyce Hancock; paternal grandparents, Gus and Dora Hancock; paternal great-grandmother Kathryn Smith; maternal grandparents John and Velmer Farris; nephew Daniel Wayne Cox; grandfather Clinton Callaway; grandfather Cecil Haggard; grandfather Jerry Kenoyer; and father-in-law Gary Schmadeka.
Family requests that all monetary donations be made to Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel in Lewiston, or donations can be made to Lewis-Clark Credit Union for his son Wyatt.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 at Clarkston's First Christian Church, 840 10th St. John's pastor, David Carringer will officiate. Burial will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Garden. John's family would love it if after the graveside service you would join them back at the church for a potluck and come share your stories.