John Charles Lawyer

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John Charles Lawyer was born July 16th, 1931 in Stone Coal, West Virginia. He was raised by his parents, Eula and Michael Lawyer in Portsmouth, Ohio. A bright student, he was accelerated and graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1948. Seeking adventure, he traveled west where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in San Diego, California.

After four years in the service he returned to Portsmouth, Ohio where he met the love of his life Ruth Patridge. They were wed on May 5th, 1955. He sold sweepers door to door for Electrolux until a friend who was in chiropractic school convinced him to go to Davenport, Iowa and sit in on classes for a day. After a class on chiropractic philosophy, he called his wife Ruth and said "Pack our bags, we're coming out!"

John worked his way through chiropractic school to pay for tuition and support his growing family; which now included two sons, Dirk and Todd. He graduated co-valedictorian of his class from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1960.

Upon graduation, John and his family headed west to California. He had fallen in love with California while stationed in San Diego. They drove up and down the coast looking for just the right place to settle. A few months later, completely broke and still unsure, they decided to go back to their hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio for "five years." That five years turned into fifty.

He opened Lawyer Chiropractic Clinic at 1616 Grant St. Portsmouth, Ohio in 1960. Through hard work, dedication and a passion for chiropractic he grew his practice into one of the largest in the State of Ohio. He practiced for 36 years until retiring to his winter home in Bonita Springs, Florida where he developed commercial real estate.

He was a devoted husband and a loving father of four sons. An eternal optimist, his positivity was contagious. He loved to travel, play golf and could be found at the Elk's Country Club or playing cards at the City Club. He enjoyed music and played the drums and piano. His zest for life was unmatched.

Later in life John would finally make it back to California. He passed away July 13th, 2014 at the age of 82, surrounded by his family at his residence in Beverly Hills. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Lawyer; four sons, Dirk (Jane), Todd (Pamela), Brett and Beau; six grandchildren, Misty, Autumn, Derek, Mackenzie, Graham and Madison, a sister Carol and a niece Sandra. A private service was held by the immediate family in California.

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,

a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

John Lawyer succeeded.

Published in The Daily Times from July 19 to July 20, 2014
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