John O. Swope
passed away suddenly and peacefully on May 7th, after having celebrated his 92nd birthday on April 17th. John was born in Zanesville, Ohio and spent his early years in London, Ohio before graduating from Greenbrier Military School in West Virginia. He attended Ohio Northern University where he met his future wife Jo Ann to whom he's been married for over 70 years. John served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Swope's Drug Store in London, Ohio, and then at Republic Steel Corp. Enduro Division in Massillon, Ohio. He was a stanch Buckeye fan, having season tickets for over 50 years. He had been a member of the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, served as Boy Scout Master of Troop 14, and was active in the Presbyterian Church. He was a life-long avid gardener, taking special pride in his roses. He was fond of all nature, including adopting wolves through the Wolf-Haven program.
He was especially thankful for his loving family, including his wife, Jo Ann; son, Stephen (Candice) Swope, of Scottsdale, Ariz; daughter, Deborah (Tim) Reichel, of North Canton, Ohio; son, David (Karen) Swope, of Canton, Ohio; granddaughter, Kendall Swope, of Arizona; grandson, Taylor (Kristen Entringer) Swope, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service with social distancing will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 237 West Maple St, North Canton, 44720. The family will greet friends at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. In accordance with COVID restrictions all attendees are asked to wear masks. Burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church. For those wishing to send condolences please visit www.reedfuneralhome.com
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Reed Funeral Home, 330-477-6721
Published by The Repository on May 12, 2021.