John J. Haleyalbung, 58

John J. Haleyalbung, 58, of Waiehu, went home on December 3, 2017. He was born on March 7, 1959 to Andrew William Bemo and Francisca Maria Legasiugtal on Falalis, Woleai, an outer Island of Yap.

Growing up, he took his education seriously, graduating from Outer Islands High School at the age of 16, and going on to graduate from Micronesian Community College at the age of 18. John moved to the U.S. to further his education as an English major at Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, Nebraska.

While in school he met and married Lois Rides Horse from Garryowen, Montana. They opened their home to many children and youth over the years, happy to be able to provide safety and shelter, no matter the expense. They made their home with their four children in Montana until moving to Kahului, Maui in 1997.

John was a generous man who valued hard work. He was an avid reader who never lost his love of learning. He had a great sense of humor and wasn’t afraid to joke with or tease anyone he was around. Although most of his time was occupied by work, he spent any free time he had spear fishing and going to the beach. His love for the ocean was only exceeded by his love for his family and extended family, all to whom he was deeply devoted.

John leaves behind his best friend and loving companion of many years, Nida J. Navalta of Waiehu, his sons, John Bemo and Isaac Saligmai, daughters Nicolette and Elora Haleyalbung, and granddaughter, Lauryn Doradelia Legasiugtal Real Bird, all of Garryowen, Montana, and stepchildren Marlon J. Navalta of Wailuku, and Bienvinida Esther K. Selveira of San Francisco.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Ballard Family Mortuary, service will begin at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Yap, FSM, at a later date.

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