John Vincent Compton
1962 - 2021
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John Vincent Compton passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of April 1, 2021 after a two-year battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

He was born in Wilmington, Ohio on September 4, 1962 to Robert Compton and Rebecca VanDervort Thumma.

John was a member of the 1980 class of Wilmington High School. While there, he was a part of the Pride of Wilmington Marching Band, where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Ann Tilton Compton.

John and Ann were married on September 3, 1983. Together they raised three children — Leslie (Matthew) Schmieder of Zanesville, Lauren (Thomas) Stroud of Wilmington and Jordan Compton of Athens — of whom he was so very proud.

His greatest joy and the thing that kept him young at heart was being "Pa" to his seven beautiful grandchildren: Scarlett Patterson, Stormie Stroud, Wren Stroud, Charlee Stroud, Everett Schmieder, Elise Schmieder and Harrison Schmieder.

John was passionate about music and so enjoyed his many visits with family and friends to New Orleans, where he felt he truly belonged.

Other than his wife, children, and grandchildren, John leaves behind his parents, Robert (Patti) Compton of Lebanon, Rebecca (Jim) Thumma of Martinsville and brother Tom Compton of Mt. Orab. He also leaves behind many brothers and sisters-in-law: Brenda Tilton of Wilmington, Doug (Melinda) Tilton of Wilmington, Mary (Joe) DeFrank of Mason, John (Lisa) Tilton of Huber Heights. Additionally, he leaves behind his dear friend Susan Moore of Wilmington and many loved nieces and nephews, friends, cousins, aunts and uncles. His three dogs Zoey, Gibson and Cotton will truly miss his presence.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Don and Barbara Tilton; and brother-in-law, George Tilton.

The family would like to give thanks to Community Care Hospice for all of their help during his illness with a very special thank you to Trish and Judy.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in John's name to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, 3634 W. Market St., Suite 110 Akron, OH 44333 to help aid their efforts in finding a cure for this condition. Donations can also be made in John's name to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, OH 45177.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Wilmington. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 18 from 2 p.m. until the time of service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

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April 11, 2021
Best granddad I ever saw. Had the great pleasure to watch his granddaughter Scarlett and him and his wife was such a joy to watch them exspress there love of their children and grandchildren. I know he will truly be missed, but I know from what I saw he has left lasting memories to help you carry on. Your in our prayers. The Lowman
Lisa Lowman
April 8, 2021
I worked with John for several years and he was always smiling. He always spoke of his Kids and how he loved those grandbabies. He will be missed greatly. Robin Welch
Robin Welch
April 8, 2021
I remember John and Ann from the Wilmington Marching Band and will remember them as a very cute couple. I am so sorry for your family and will be keeping you in my prayers.
Jane Allemang
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