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On Thanksgiving of this year John's life tragically ended. He spent his last day with family and friends, having reunited with the love of his life Jennifer Keating. John was never one to do things by halves; he was a person of passion who loved the people in his life immensely.

He leaves behind an amazing son, Axel, his fiance Jen; parents Vivian and Joe Hallberg, sisters Elizabeth Hallberg, Vicki Gross, Terri Maneval, brothers Joey and Jeff Hallberg, uncles Erin and Fred Haynes, in-laws Vicki and Gary Keating, and many other remarkable people.

John was a Tacoma native, attending St. Patrick's, and Bellarmine, graduating from high school in 2003. His wanderlust was never sated - he was never one to turn down an opportunity to travel. John served in the U.S. Air Force as a C-17 Loadmaster for three years before finding a place with DHL-Global Forwarding as a Regional Program Manager. He was a proud student of WSU, working to finish his degree. We will carry John with us always, in so many ways. Hug'em, while you got'em.

Funeral Services
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 12:00 Noon @ Hill Funeral Home

Woodbine Cemetery - Puyallup, WA

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Mike Baldassin
December 07, 2013 - 14:29

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of John. I coached John in football at his high school. He was an outgoing and happy young man who always wore a smile. I am thankful that I knew him, even if it was just for a short while, because he made a difference. There is comfort in knowing that he lives on in his son and his loving family left behind. Thank you to the Hallberg family for sharing John with me.

Ron and Lynn Hakanson
December 07, 2013 - 13:31

Dear Joe,Vivian, Elizabeth and family,
Our sorrow at John's passing is deeply felt although we know it does not compare with your own. I hope you can find some peace and comfort in the fact that John grew into a good man. May your memories help sustain you. Keeping you in our prayers,with love.
Lynn, Ron and the whole Hakanson family

Kelli Perry
December 07, 2013 - 02:23

It has taken me a week to be able to comprehend this loss, and express my heartbreak into words. Even now words cannot illustrate the sadness in my heart. John was an a kind, intellegent, and beautiful, young man with a zest for life. He had such an easy way about him that made him everyone's friend. I am a better person for knowing John, and am thankful to have had the opportunity to work and share many good memories with him.

To John's parents and family.... you should be very proud, you raised a nice man, who was respectful and kind to all. I believe our Father has called John home early as he has special plan for him that cannot be fulfilled her on this earth.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kelli Perry and family

Catheria Chen
December 07, 2013 - 01:26

"Dear John", just like a beginning of normal email i sent to you, but can't receive your response anylonger, sadness overflow in my heart, i can't believe it is true you are go, leave so many love you people behind off.
We never met before, but our relationship just like closed buddy, we have so many communication each day during that challened period, lot of support and help you given us.Remain you always in my heart. John.

Bowman Pan
December 06, 2013 - 04:48

It is really a shock here my brother John just left us. I still can not believe it for the whole day. We just aligned the plan for our hangover in Bangkok next year one week ago,it was once a dream for us for three years,but when we were almost there you just passed away. You should know how hard I am working for this promise. It is really hard for me to control myself when I heard your familiar and confident voice from your message box and I was trying to find something to prove it was a joke,but.......

Wish you have a more brilliance life during your next journey,my brother.

Best wishes to John' families.

If you can read this mail,would you please write me back and I want to do something for little Axel in the future.

Best Regards

Bowman from China.

December 05, 2013 - 23:22

I feel very astonished and sad to hear the bad news.what a gloomy day today for us.I sincerely hope that is a trick not a truth.
I will cherish our friendship including photographs with john and your gift to my son-Volo stroller forever.
Your faraway Easten friends bless you-John.

Maggie Lu
December 05, 2013 - 22:00

Dear John's family,

I am so sorry and so sad for your loss. I first met John in Oct of 2011 in Dalian, China and then we worked as teammates in DHL till this Aug. Even in the opposite sites of the earth, we built very close relationship bewteen each other. He came to Dalian twoice. He preseted a wonderful stroller to my little son Eitan and I preseted Axel a Chinese tranditional suit last Oct. He and my family sit together to drunk beer and ate Jiaozi, talk and laugh. All of these were just like happene yesterday. He promised me to take Axel to Dalian again someday and let two little boys play together... All my family and my team members loves John so much. He is such a excellent young man with unbeliveable knowledge and talent. God bless John! You are always in my heart.
Maggie Lu

Lisa Wei
December 05, 2013 - 21:58

i still can't believe it is true. John, a wonderful young man, left us with regrets. this is loss to the familly as well as his friends,company. i wish he was peaceful when left the world. we will carry john with us always.

Rebecca Cook
December 05, 2013 - 17:32

John's DHL family hearts are broken. He was adored and respected by everyone. What a wonderful young man. No words can convey the utter sadness within his working family. We love you John Axel Frederick Hallberg. Sleep now handsome prince. Your son will be your legacy.

Anderson Gao
December 05, 2013 - 17:12

Dear John's Family,

I still can't believe it is true that such a great gentleman passed away. I am blessed to get to know John during his business trip to Dalian and he impressed everyone with his gesture, sense of humor, wisdom and warm heart. He loved his son and his family so much that he always proudly vividly told those hilarious moments to us. I will definitely miss John. God bless him. My pray and sympathy to you all.

Carin Alves
December 05, 2013 - 12:37

Dear John's Family,
Words alone cannot express how shocked and saddened I am by the loss of a great friend and colleague. I was looking forward to working with John in his new role. John was always so positive with a great attitude toward life and would always make me laugh and smile no matter what the situation. John loved his family and spoke of them often. I will truly miss John and know that he will be missed by all that knew him! My thoughts and prayers to his entire family during this difficult time!

Melissa Nereim-Johnson
December 04, 2013 - 22:02

To John's Family:
I met John soon after he was in the Air Force, looking for work I interviewed him at DHL Global Forwarding for a customer service position. I remember him sitting across from me with the most perfect posture I had ever seen. He answered every question perfectly and we hired him. Without a doubt one of the best employee hires ever made. He was ambitious, smart, funny and charismatic. He brought so much joy to my time with DHL. On my last day with DHL we talked about our boys, his Axel and my little guy Ethan, we hugged and he said the kindest thing to me...thank you for giving me a chance. I will never forget him and he will always have a place in my heart.

Melissa Nereim-Johnson

Michelle Pennington
December 04, 2013 - 15:09

Wow, what a shock we all had when we heard this news. I was one of John's new hire trainers when he first started at DHL Global Forwarding, and remember right away thinking: what promise. And he fulfilled that promise, moving up rapidly with the company and always giving his full effort, bringing all of his knowledge and willingness to learn and grow. Not only that, but he was always ready with a joke, a smile, or just a hello. He was so proud of his name, John Axel Frederick Hallberg; and even more proud of his son. We didn't just like John, we loved him, and can't imagine how much he'll be missed by his family and friends.

Kelly Wiggans-Crawford
December 04, 2013 - 13:04

I am so saddened at the loss of John. He was such a wonderful soul. I always looked forward to seeing the "other Coug" in the office. He always had a smile, and could make me laugh. I truly am going to miss him!

Damir Sosic
December 04, 2013 - 02:28

It was a shock to hear the news of John's passing.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Friends from Air France-KLM Cargo

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