John W. Yekel, Sr.

Born: Sun., Aug. 27, 1939
Died: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018


2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Feb. 15, 2018
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 15, 2018
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.

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John Wayne Yekel Sr, age 78, died Thursday February 9th at the Kobacker Hospice Center in Columbus OH. John was born and raised in Uniontown, PA and later moved to Canton, OH. John is survived by sister Sharon Blair of Uniontown PA; 3 children; John Jr of Lewis Center, OH (wife Kimberly), Rich of San Antonio, TX (wife Judy) and daughter Michele; grandchildren: Marshall, Walker, Jonah, Bailey, Alex and great-granddaughter Roselie. John was preceded in death by 4 brothers. John was blessed with many extended family members and friends who all enjoyed his outgoing spirit and love for life! John was a proud to serve his country as a member of the United States Marine Corp. At the age of 19, John began a successful career at Timken Steel and retired after 30+ years. John could often be found enjoying a day of golfing, fishing or hunting and was always ready to share a story or two about his success of the day! Sports were a big part of John's life as he could be found cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates (yes you can detect a trend!) and the Ohio State Buckeyes!! Friends and family may join in celebrating John’s life and to come share a favorite memory on Wednesday, Feb 14th at the Rossi Family Funeral Home in Canton during the hours of 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb 15th with a receiving hour from 10:00-11:00 a.m.; services will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at Sunset Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kobacker Hospice Center of Columbus Ohio: Https://



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Raelynn & Rick Seccombe
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
So sorry for your loss Michele.... your dad was a great man. We are very proud to have called him our friend!

Pauline Danko Fendlay
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
I just want to express my condolences to the family of John. I am a classmate of his from Georges Twp. High School. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace.

Gagne Family
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
John, we are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Jodi Thompson
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018

May you find peace and strength for your family.

My deepest sympathy,


Sally sligar
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
John .... thinking of you and your family at this time. This is never easy and the only thing that helps is time. Love you bunches and would like to do lunch, dinner or beers whenever you would like. Hang-in there buddy

Ed Cannane
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about your father, Michelle.

Kelly Kail
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss! I feel blessed to have had the priviledge to be a part of you and your father, John's lives over these last few years. I hope you and your family can find some moments of peace during this trying time.
Kelly Kail

Judy Palmer
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
Michele and family - I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a nice man and I enjoyed talking with him when he was here in the office. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

Terry Grant
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Yekel Family. John was an old friend and golfing buddy. I knew him to be a generous and caring man and I really enjoyed our times on the golf course. God bless you all.

Shu Lin
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
It's so sad about your father and I still remember couple of weeks ago he told me that he is going to get treatment in Columbus. I never thought that could be the last time speaking to him... We will miss him very much and you too. Much love and many hugs to you...

Julie Golden
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
Dear Michele & Family Members: Your dad was such a loving and wonderful man . I want to send my deepest sympathy to all of you. Lots of Love & Blessings. Love, Julie Golden

Mary M Cirelli
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
From your Cousin Mary (Margie Minarcheck) May You rest in peace, I will always remember our fun times we had at Grandma's and Aunt Jane's House. Wonderful memories ! May the hand of God hold you close forever. My deepest condolences to your Family .

John and Ann Anthony
   Posted Tue February 20, 2018
With our sympathy to the family of John Yekel, we will keep you in our prayers.

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