John C. York

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John C. York, 7300 Wright Moyer Road, Sidney, died peacefully at 6:00 a.m. at his residence on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the age of 90.
John was born on June 29, 1922, in Four Mile, Ky., to the late Cecil and Martha (Miller) York.
He was married to his loving wife Jewell P. (Elam) York on July 15, 1939, and she preceded him in death on June 10, 2000.
Surviving are three sons, Don and his wife, Pat, of Brookville, Ron and his wife, April, Glenn and his wife, Kathy, all of Sidney; grandchildren, Jack Lea, Brian York, Denise Schloss, Mark York, Reid York, Kenny York, Jeff York and David York; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and half-brothers and sisters, William (Joanie) York, Boyd "Ernie" (Betsy) York, Kelly (Frieda) York, Julie Kramer and Betsy Burke.
John was preceded in death by one brother, Leonard York and one sister, Marie Smith.
John left school at the very early age of 8 in order to begin working in the coal mines of Kentucky. He later left home as a young man and began working in Baltimore at the ship yards, building ships during World War II. In the 1950s, John moved his family back to Ohio, gaining employment with the American Aggregate Co. of Greenville, retiring in late 1980s with more than 30 years of dedicated service.
John had a strong work ethic and enjoyed life. He never took any music lessons, yet he was a master musician. He was self taught and could play piano, organ, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and clarinet all by ear. John also enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the First Church of God in Sidney and was baptized as a Christian Protestant.
He always believed in practicing the golden rule, he taught his children that it was "OK" to get a little dirty, and a hard day's work never hurt anyone.
He loved his extended family, his church family, and was very proud of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with the Rev. Vern Allison officiating. Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery, Hardin.
Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Adams Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Miami County Hospice, in John's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The staff at the Adams Funeral Home has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on Feb. 8, 2013