In Memoriam: John Rambo

John Rambo

John Rambo

John Henry Rambo passed away on January 8, 2016 at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, with his fiancée, Liz Flores; her nieces, Kim, Breana, and Teri; and her brother-in-law, Dusty, by his side.

John was born in Encino, California on January 3, 1962, and raised in British Columbia, Canada. He had many adventures and travels before, during and after moving back to California, where his proudest achievement was being a loving father to his daughters, Brittany and Anastasia. California is also where he met and fell in love with his future fiancée, Liz.

Residing in and around Canyon Lake, John bartended and eventually picked up where Walt Zollinger left off, carrying on the growing business of Inland Valley Beverage. He was dedicated to providing the best service possible to his customers, who were like family to him.

Aside from work, John would lend his hand to anyone, whenever needed. He always had a big smile on his face that matched his huge heart, and he was an instant friend to whomever he met. John also fed the homeless by volunteering at local food banks, as well as going to parks and handing out food he prepared himself. He would and literally did give the shirt off his back to help those less fortunate.

After his sister, Kim, succumbed to cancer in 2009, John tirelessly canvassed to raise money for “Fight for the Cure.” He participated in numerous American Cancer Society Relay for Life events as a captain and as a member on several teams. He also clocked many miles in various walk-a-thon fundraisers for other diseases.

John is survived by his fiancée, Liz Flores, of Menifee; his sister, Tina Darbyshire, of British Columbia; his daughters, Brittany and Anastasia, of Long Beach and Los Alamitos; and his birthmother, Donna Dronsky, of Bellflower.

A Celebration of Life to share fond memories will be held in John’s honor on Saturday, March 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sports Stop in Canyon Lake.