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John Edwin Rearick

November 30, 1978 — August 3, 2023

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John Edwin Rearick "Johnny Woo", 44, of Filer, passed away Thursday morning August 3, 2023, after a motorcycle accident. Johnny was born on November 30, 1978, in Korea, and not much is known about the first several years of his life. January 31, 1985, at 6 years old, Johnny was placed into New Light Christian Orphanage at Yongdam-Dong in Pusan City for unknown reasons. His name was Lee Yung Chan. Here, Yung Chan seemed to be a happy boy. He enjoyed singing songs and learning hymns and dances from his Bomo (nursemaid).

In August of 1985 Gene and Pamela Rearick decided to open their hearts and home to adopt Yung Chan and gave him the name John Edwin Rearick (Edwin was the name of Pam's grandfather and the middle name of Gene's father). John flew from Korea to the United States August 18, 1985, to begin his new life with his parents, Gene and Pam, and his new siblings, Elizabeth, Carol, and David, in Twin Falls, Idaho. During his childhood, Johnny enjoyed going to a summer camp in Oregon every year. It was an event for Korean adoptees where he got to learn about the culture and try different Korean foods. He also loved getting to visit his grandparents at Yachats as well as Astoria and other places on the Oregon coast. John also enjoyed several hiking and camping trips to Craters of the Moon, Independence Lakes, and Titus Lake.

Johnny graduated from Valley High School in 1996. After high school, he stayed around the Twin Falls area and made an abundant number of friends. Johnny was incredibly lovable and kind, and he was always there for anyone that needed him. With a huge smile, he easily made friends and those friends almost immediately turned into family, and that family stayed with him and loved him throughout his life.

On September 26, 2005, Jenna Erickson Baker gave birth to Johnny’s beautiful daughter, Brooklynn Nikkole Erickson. Brooklynn was always in his heart, and he truly admired the young lady she had become.

In 2017 Johnny married Chelsea Gill and helped raise her 4 beautiful daughters, Hailee, Lylee, Cloi, and Reina. This was a very special time in his life, and he adored helping and seeing the girls learn and grow. This also gave him the full family life and home he had longed for. They were later divorced but had just recently decided to begin their lives together again.

Johnny started working for Glanbia in 2018 and he quickly moved to a graveyard supervisor position. He really enjoyed working for the company and felt like it gave his life purpose, planning to stay there until retirement.

Johnny enjoyed playing darts, gambling, listening to loud music, eating good food, working out, and hanging out with his best buddies/roommates, Brice and Kyle. He loved his tattoos and was hoping to have his entire body covered one day. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends that he loved with his entire heart.

Johnny is survived by his daughter, Brooklynn Erickson; his dad, Gene Rearick; sisters, Beth (James Begley) Rearick and Carol Mueller; brother, David (Melisa) Rearick; girlfriend, Chelsea Rearick and family; several aunts; nieces; nephews; and many lifelong friends including Jessica Marsh and family, Brice Neimeyer, and Kyle Sorenson.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Pam Rearick; his grandparents; several close friends; and his stepmother, Linda Rearick.

A gathering of Johnny's family, friends, and co-workers will be held at 6:00 pm, Friday, September 1, 2023, at the Twin Falls American Legion Hall, 447 Seastrom St, Twin Falls.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Johnny’s memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.

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Friday, September 1, 2023

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447 Seastrom St, Twin Falls, 83301

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