Watson John N. Watson, 83, of Canal Winchester, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Emeritus at Lakeview. He was born in Minersville, Ohio on November 3, 1930 to the late Lloyd L. and Myrtle Phillips Watson. He proudly served in the Navy on the USS Sicily aircraft carrier during the Korean War, was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge, and retired from the Columbus Dispatch where he worked in the mailroom and as a typesetter. He was as also a loyal member of Hope United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee. John is survived by his son, Gregory A. (Dawn) Watson, Worthington; daughter, Angela Renee (Evan) McCormick, Marysville; grandsons, Alexander and Jonathan Watson; and brother, Stan (Cindy) Watson. In addition to his parents John is preceded in death by his wife of forty years Linda, and his sisters Dorothy and Lucille. John's early years in Minersville were influenced immeasurably by the love and guidance of his neighbors Alfred and Hilda Yeauger, and the life-long friendship of their sons, Gene (Sanlea) and Don (Marlene) Yeauger. He was also blessed by a close relationship with his wife's parents Stanford and Alice Stockton of Hemlock Grove, Ohio, his wife's sisters and their husbands, and his nieces and nephews. Throughout his life John was an avid traveler who enjoyed trips across the United States with his family. He was a generous supporter of, and took great pride in, the accomplishments of his children and his grandchildren. In his later years he found much happiness from the time he spent at the Groveport Senior Center, and his many friends there. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. followed by a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hope United Methodist Church, 83 E. Columbus St., Canal Winchester, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to Hope United Methodist Church or the Groveport Senior Center 7370 Groveport Rd, Groveport, OH 43125 in John's memory. Online condolences at SpenceFuneralHome.com.
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home
650 West Waterloo Street Canal Winchester, OH 43113
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 30, 2014