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John Stottlemyer


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Stottlemyer, John
John A Stottlemyer, of Worthington (age 84), passed away from complications of Lymphoma on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He spent his last days peacefully at Kobacker House with his family gathered around him. John was born on February 16, 1933 in Dayton, Ohio to Doris and Samuel Stottlemyer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor; sister and brother in law Ann and Ted Hardy; children Karen Payne (Dan), John Stottlemyer (Randi), Amy Campbell (Joe), Beth Battreall (Chris), Eric Stottlemyer (Jessica); grandchildren Jessica Campbell, Jenna (Payne) Phillips (Nick), Ian Campbell, Kelsey Payne, Sidney Campbell, Samuel Payne, Fern Stottlemyer and Juniper Stottlemyer; nephews Greg Hardy and Douglas Hardy.
John grew up in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Fairview High School in 1951. He played football at Miami University (1955) and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. John and Eleanor met at Miami and faithfully attended many class and fraternity reunions well into their retirement. Upon graduation, John served in the United States Air Force for four years, stationed in France and Germany. He was a First LT fighter pilot, and for the rest of his life he retained his love for his F-100 airplane. John and Eleanor were married in 1957 in Etain, France, and they lived in Europe for the duration of his service in the Air Force. Back in the United States, John spent his entire 38 year career at The Ohio State University. He started in the business office and ended his career as Director of Management Studies. During the 1970s, he oversaw the implementation of campus-wide computer systems. He was an avid Buckeye fan and rarely missed a home football game in over 40 years. As young parents, John and Eleanor were very involved at Immaculate Conception Church and CFM (Christian Family Movement). John was also actively involved in the Worthington Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. Throughout his life, John had many, many interests, passions, and hobbies. He was very well travelled and loved all types of music, opera and the arts. He loved astronomy, sports, and history, and he was a talented artist. John was a life long learner, constantly pursuing new interests. He wrote a lengthy proclamation professing his love for God and explaining his Christian faith and beliefs. Above all else he loved his family. He was a true patriarch and a loving husband, father and grandfather. The family is grateful for the excellent care he received at the James Cancer Hospital and at Kobacker House. Special thanks to Father Dean Mathewson and Father Vinny McKiernan for their ministry to John and his family during his final days. Calling hours are 10:00am – 12:00pm Thursday, October 19 at Rutherford–Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High Street, Worthington. A Memorial Service will be held at Rutherford-Corbin Friday, October 20 at 11:00am. Private burial to be attended by the family. Donations in John's name can be made to Neighborhood Services, 1950 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43201 or B.R.E.A.D. Organization, 404 S. Third Street, Columbus, 43215. Condolences to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2017
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