SIDNEY, Ohio - John Peter Kaplan, 87, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away from cancer on July 3, 2013. John was born on Oct. 16, 1925 to Peter J. and Anna (Tobias) Kaplan, who are deceased. He was raised in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. John married Farrel L. (Adams) Kaplan on March 4, 1956 in Harrod, Ohio and later the marriage was blessed by Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney, Ohio. She survives.
Together, John and Farrel had three sons and a daughter. Son, Michael Kaplan died on July 16, 1992. Surviving are David Kaplan and wife Connie of Greenville; Steven Kaplan and wife Patty of Troy; Barbara (Kaplan) Dembski of Sidney; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Kaplan-Schoonmaker of Adrian, Mich.; four grandsons, Nicholas Kaplan and wife Lisa; John R. Kaplan and wife Meredith; Patrick Kaplan and wife Adrianne; Matthew Dembski and wife Kimberly; a step-granddaughter, Annie Schoonmaker; two great-granddaughters and a great-grandson. Also surviving is a daughter from a former marriage, Sharon Bajorin and husband Tom, and three grandchildren in Connecticut, a sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Larry Callahan, two nieces, one nephew, and a half-brother, Peter J. Kaplan in Rhode Island.
John retired in October, 1987 after 32 years in human resources with Copeland Corporation. He held the position of assistant personnel manager, personnel manager, director of industrial relations, and corporate safety director during that time.
John was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church where he was an usher for 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 659 in Sidney, a life member of the American Legion Post 217, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4239, Marine Corps League 923, and a charter member of the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County. John served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
In retirement, John was the volunteer trip coordinator for the senior citizens at the YMCA and the Senior Center for 12 years. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball games and playing cards, especially bridge.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer. Private burial services with full military honors will be held at a later date at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. An American Legion prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or Lehman Catholic High School, 2400 St. Mary's Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or Wilson Hospice in care of Wilson Memorial Hospital, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or the
in care of Mary Stahlman, 128 Leisure Ct., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Condolences may be expressed to the Kaplan family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's website at www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com.