James Leroy John, 81, formerly of West Liberty, passed away Thursday morning, January 27, 2022, at Ayden Healthcare of Belle Springs, Bellefontaine.
James was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio on September 21, 1940, to the late Harry Paul and Mildred Anna (Hughes) John.
He married Marlos Jean Shepherd on November 29, 1959, in Bellefontaine, and she preceded him in death on November 24, 2014.
James is survived by sons: Jeffrey Shepherd (Daniela) John of Columbus, Christopher Paul (Christine) John of Columbus, and Timothy Alan (Paula) John of Hilliard; three grandchildren, Bernadette John, Alexandria John, and Michael John; a sister Paula Cronkleton of East Liberty; brothers: William “Lee” John of Wapakoneta, and Harry Merril John of Hilliard.
James worked for IBM after serving in the Navy out of high school. He was an outdoorsman and avid hunter. He also enjoyed fishing and was an accomplished woodworker and craftsman.
Memorial contributions may be made to World Hunger c/o ELCA Churchwide Ministries 8765 W Higgins Road Chicago, IL 60631; The Holland Theatre, 127 E. Columbus Ave. Bellefontaine, OH 43311; The Oesterlen Home 1918 Mechanicsburg Rd, Springfield, OH 45503; or to the music needs at Galilee Lutheran Church 301 Lincoln Blvd Russells Point, OH 43348
The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty is honored to serve the John family.
(authored by the family)