John R. 'Jack' Soley Msgt. USMC (Retired)
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64, of Massillon passed away at his residence Monday evening Oct. 22, 2012 after having battled cancer for nearly four years. Born March 27, 1948 in Akron, a son to Gilbert A. and Alice M. (Bachtel) Soley, John attended the former St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Massillon Washington High School with the Class of 1966. In October 1967, he began what was to become a distinguished 21 year career in the United States Marine Corps. He was a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict and had been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. Following his time in the service, he began a second career lasting 17 years, driving for Nickles Bakery. John held memberships in the American Legion Massillon Post 221, Navarre VFW Post 5047 and Teamsters Local 92. He always enjoyed the company of family and friends and although they came first, he could usually make time to get in a little fishing.
Preceded in death by his father, John is survived by his wife, Regina 'Jeannie' (Kulik) Soley; children, Matthew D. (Jennifer) Soley, Stephen J. Soley, Jennifer M. Soley (Ryan Stiffler), all of Massillon, and Sgt. Jacob D. (Colleena) Soley, USMC, of Cuyahoga Falls; grandchildren, Chase Porrini, Nathaniel and Zachary Soley, Stephania, Charlie, and Paul Bigham, and Kayden Stiffler, all of Massillon; his mother, Alice Soley; and his brother, Gilbert J. (Patty) Soley, also of Massillon; a nephew, Jimmy (Dawn) McCorkle of Mainville, Ohio; a great-niece, Kaitlyn McCorkle; his dear companion, Miss Lola; and a host of relatives and friends.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Raymond Paul and Fr. Thomas Cebula as celebrants. Burial with full military honors will follow in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio. Family and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home, Massillon Chapel. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Alliance Visiting Nurse Assn. and Hospice. To share a fond memory and sign the online guest book please visit
Published in The Repository on Oct. 26, 2012