John Glen “Johnny” Rookhuizen

September 7, 1962


October 14, 2020

John Glen “Johnny” Rookhuizen

September 7, 1962


October 14, 2020

John Glen Rookhuizen passed away on Oct. 14, 2020, at Banner University Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. John was born in Billings on Sept. 7, 1962, baby of the family, to Jane (McNealey) and William Rookhuizen.

John attended schools in Billings, graduating from West High in 1979. Out of high school, he learned carpentry and mechanic’s skills from his dad. But he found his calling in sales of automobiles, becoming a car dealer and operating his own lot for many years.

John had a very outgoing personality and was friendly to everyone he met. He was always first to help someone out if he could. He was kind, compassionate and full of love to his family and friends. John really liked vintage cars and trucks, and owned a few. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and friends through the years, always competing to see who could catch the biggest fish. He liked to cook and barbecue for his family. John loved animals and had many beloved dogs over the years. He was a fan of rock ’n roll music. His favorite song was Collective Soul’s “Shine.”

John, for many years, grew his own garden and took a lot of pride in his vegetables he grew. Christmas was his favorite holiday and he loved decorating his house and yard with a whole lot of Christmas lights, making Christmas special for his children when they were small.

He enjoyed remodeling his many homes he owned over the years, and took a lot of pride in the work he did himself. John moved to Tucson in 2000, due to chronic asthma, leaving Montana that he loved so. John married Jennifer Reiter in Billings in 1982. They were married for 38 years.

John is survived by his wife, Jennifer; son Brandon; daughter Jessica (Jeremy) Wright; daughter Tiffney; grandsons Devan, Aiden and Jake; granddaughter Jenny; siblings Steve Rookhuizen, Rachel (Gordon) McCann, Esther (Willy) Seerup, Herman Rookhuizen, Emma (Randy) Nauman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill Rookhuizen; niece Jenny McCann; and sister-in-law Debbie Rookhuizen.

John, our memories will be our treasures. You will always stay loved and remembered. You will be deeply missed by your family and friends.

Happy Trails until we meet again.

Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Mountview Cemetery, beside his parents.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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13 thoughts on “John Glen “Johnny” Rookhuizen”

  1. Brenda Vincelette

    Our deepest Condolences to All the Family of John .We will cherish our memories and pictures .May God wrap is arms around All the
    Family ! Sincerely, Kevin & Brenda Vincelette

  2. Brandon Rookhuizen

    Well Dad I don’t know what to say but I miss you so much and I know you’re in a better place not suffer no more until we see again you said I love you I miss you truly your son Brandon

  3. Brandon Rookhuizen

    Hey dad while you’re deeply missed at least you’re in a better place now not suffering you be truly missed love your

  4. John,
    You have touched many lives including mine also my children; Thank you for that! Rest easy my dear friend till.we meet again.
    All my love and friendship
    Eryn Preston

  5. My deepest condolences to all of John’s family. Many memories have been made with you all to keep with you. He is above looking down keeping watch over all of you. Take care. Kathy Metzger

  6. Rest in peace uncle. You will always be remembered as a kind-hearted and generous person. I remember how you let me find and keep change when I would come over and when I played cards with you while eating crackers, spray cheese and sardines. Condolences to everyone. Tanna

  7. I am honored and blessed to have known you uncle. I have many fond memories of you. I will never forget all the times you brought me to the carnivals. Working your charm on the attendants to allow some extra time, or convincing them to let me ride, even though I was to small. All the family dinners and holidays hold a special place in my heart. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Love, Amie

  8. Dad,
    I miss you so much! You were a kind man and I’m the person I am because of you. Jake will always remember his papa playing card with him. Jenni will always remember when you were in Iowa playing in the snow and all the other fun times. I love you and miss you so much.
    Love always,
    Your daughter Jessica

  9. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of my Uncle John. Uncle John you were a great man, I will never forget all the great times we shared. How could I ever forget going hunting for my 1st times with you and my dad (whiny) on cruches shooting my first doe (bambi) at 300 + yards looking for what you guys thought was a huge doe n getting scope eye n have that scar to this day so I will never ever be able to forget that. Me and my family coming to your house and swimming and you teaching me how to cook I still use some of your secrets to this day. You hiring me to babysit many times for a couple hours that turned into me waking up in the morning still out at your house. You never done anything halfway it had to be BIG. You were a great Uncle and will miss you very much. Until we meet again. Love Melissa Degele

  10. Brandon Rookhuizen

    Hey dad I wanted to say thank you for everything you taught me growing up you made me the man I am today I hope to God you’re proud of me that’s all I ever wanted to do make me proud it’s been almost a month it hasn’t got any easier I think about you everyday. The times we went camping,fishing or just being with u dad u were best father in the world with your big smile😀 big heart u were my big hero love always ur son

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