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Ecos John R. Ecos entered his Eternal Life on May 28, 2017. John was born in Tiffin, Ohio to the late George and Gertrude (Bertsch) Ecos on October 25, 1933. He was a 1951 graduate of Tiffin Calvert High School. He obtained his business degree from Heidelberg University in 1955. After a short stint with Goodyear Aircraft in Akron, John was approached with the opportunity to obtain a teacher's certificate. Due to an extreme shortage of teachers at the time, a teaching certificate was being offered to any college graduate. John accepted and thereby found his true calling in life. He began his career in education at Clinton Township School teaching junior high History, Science, and Health and moved on to 1 year in Attica and 2 years in Bettsville where he taught and was Principal. During this period, John took night courses at Bowling Green State University and earned his Master's in Education. Back in these days, teachers were only paid for the months they worked and John supported his family during the summers as a lifeguard and manager of the "old" Hedges Boyer Park Pool. In 1963, John became Principal at Green Camp/Prospect Schools. During this time, he discovered a love for Adult Basic Education and used those skills at Marion Correctional Institution in the evenings. John moved his family back to Tiffin in 1968 when he became Superintendent at Old Fort Schools. During his tenure at Old Fort, he saw a great need and initiated the Migrant Education Program there. In 1971, John took his talents to the State Department of Education and his family settled in Grove City. John was Assistant Director of Special Programs which included migrant education, juvenile delinquent and neglected education, Special Education, and Developmental Disabilities programs. He also continued with his love for ABE at Chillicothe Correctional Institution. After retirement, John found his life of leisure did not suit him and he delivered flowers for Roxianne's and worked the Columbus Car Auction. John married his "rock" Kathryn deJonge on February 5, 1955. Together they welcomed six children, Anne (Dick) Hart of Tiffin, Theresa (Dave) Cramer of Grove City, Peter (Joanna) Ecos of Blacklick, Paul, Phillip (Karry Arnett) Ecos of Pickerington, and Carol of Tiffin. John is pre-deceased by his beloved Katie, son Paul, grandson Ian Evans, and sister Elaine Petsche. In addition to his surviving children, John is grandfather to Aaron (Jenny) Hart, Pam (Jeff) Wescott, Kristin (Jason) Sendelbach, Evan and Caelen Ecos, Quinn and Cameron Cramer; and great grandfather to Alex Foncannon, and Carina and Luke Hart. Also surviving are sisters, Mary Jean Tiell and Donna Letterhos; brothers, Stephen and James Ecos; and a myriad of much loved nieces and nephews. John will always be remembered as a man of stalwart Faith and a great believer in the power of prayer and the Divine Mercy. And no one will forget his "gift" with coffee cakes nor the sweet smell of pipe tobacco! John lived his big fat Greek life to the fullest. OPA! A visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. (with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3730 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Grove City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215 or Catholic Charities, Diocese of Columbus, 197 E. Gay St., 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from May 31 to June 1, 2017
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