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John J. Rhein
beloved husband, father and grandfather was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Canton, Ohio on July 23, 1925 to the late Lillian and John J. Rhein Sr. John attended Canton Timken High School. In 1943 at the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was a Quartermaster Third Class aboard the Fomahout. He was in the AM and Asiatic Pacific Theatre, part of the Philippine Liberation and earned three Bronze Stars and a Victory Medal. Upon his return home in 1947, he married the love of his life Florence A. Hamman; it was a double wedding ceremony in which his brother Robert married Florence's sister, Ethel Hamman. John was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He was a master carpenter and was a job superintendant instrumental in the construction of many structures in Canton including the Canton Garden Center, Taft School, The Church of the Covenant and Mother Goose Land. He also built homes for his family. He was lovingly referred to as "McGyver" by his family due to his ability to fix most anything. "Grandpa Johnny" loved spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, traveling and gardening. He was a member of the Carpenters Local #69, the Lake Cable Mens Club, and published the AARP newsletter for years. He will be deeply missed and remembered for his gentle nature, wit and creativity.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florence of 65 years; brother, Robert and Ethel Rhein. Survivors include two loving daughters, Cynthia (Robert) Luke and Debra (Mark) Tryba; grandchildren, Danielle Whitehead, Britany Morgan, Mercedes Tryba, Jonathan Luke and Zachary Tryba; great-grandchildren, Makayla Morgan, Maria Morgan, Emily Whitehead.
Family and friends may call Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Reed Funeral Home (North Canton Chapel). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday 12 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church (3430 St. Michael Dr NW Canton) with the Rev. Fr. Don King as celebrant. Burial will follow in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Those wishing to send their condolences or share a fond memory may sign the Reed On-Line Guestbook at
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Published in The Repository on Aug. 30, 2013
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