In Memory of
John Y Humber

John Y. Humber, PhD, 82, went to be with our Heavenly Father on April 24, 2024. 

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 18, 1941, John was preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Henrietta W. Humber. 

Johnny grew up in Bellaire, Texas and attended Bellaire High School. He spent his undergraduate years at Texas A&M University, College Station where he was a Cadet Major in the Corps of Cadets and received a Bachelor of Science degree. John continued his education at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he received a Master of Science degree in microbiology. 

John was employed by the National Food Processors Association at their laboratories in both Washington, D.C. and Berkeley, California as a senior research microbiologist. During the time John was employed by the NFPA in Washington, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the university. He was next employed for seventeen years by Kraft, Inc. at their corporate research and development laboratory in Glenview, Illinois. While at Kraft, John was a senior research microbiologist and later Manager, Scientific Relations. 

John published a number of scientific articles during his long career as a food microbiologist. He was a registered microbiologist with the National Registry of Microbiologists and a specialist microbiologist with the American Academy of Microbiology. 

John learned to fly in Fremont, California and then became a certified flight instructor while living in the Chicago area. He especially enjoyed performing aerobatics in gliders. A highlight of his flying activities was taking the controls of a Russian MiG-29 and flying from an airbase near Moscow. He also enjoyed underwater photography and took many underwater photos of family, friends and fresh and saltwater fish. 

John is survived by his sister, Julie D. Friedewald, his niece Natalie Nieto and her daughter Nakeli, nephew Vincent Friedewald III, his grand nephew Jake Friedewald and wife Sarah Hemann-Friedewald and their two children, Dayton and Sawyer. 

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.


Message from
Julie Humber Friedewald
Sun, 05/12/2024

My brother Johnny was the most wonderful brother any sister could have.
He was an extraordinary man who was generous, fearless, smart and funny.

He loved his family and friends, but he loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ most
of all. I love and miss you Johnny, but will see you again in Heaven, God willing.