SIDNEY - John Peter Kaplan, 87, of Sidney, passed away from cancer Wednesday, July 3, 2013. John was born Oct. 16, 1925, to Peter J. and Anna (Tobias) Kaplan, who are deceased.
He was raised in Valley Falls, R.I. 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. 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 and 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 R.I.
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 twelve years. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball games and playing cards, especially bridge.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the 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 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Sunday. An American Legion prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 324 South Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365 or Lehman Catholic High School, 2400 St. Mary's Ave., Sidney, OH 45365 or Wilson Hospice in care of Wilson Memorial Hospital, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, OH 45365 or the Amercan Cancer Society in care of Mary Stahlman, 128 Leisure Ct., Sidney, OH 45365. Condolences may be expressed to the Kaplan family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com.
Salm Mcgill & Tangeman Funeral Home
502 S. Ohio Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
Published in Piqua Daily Call on July 4, 2013