John F. Stocker

Born: 12/19/1933 Passed:

John F. Stocker, 89, born December 19, 1933 and passed away Sunday, March 5, 2023 after a short illness. He was a 1951 graduate of East Canton High School. John join the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953, serving until 1956. He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, life member of Korean War Veterans Association, F.O.E Aerie #2374 Louisville, American Legion Post #44, Glaziers Union #1162, East Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council. He is a retired glazier from Bonfert Glass Co.

John was preceded in death by parents Homer and Mabel Stocker; brother, Homer L. Stocker and sister, Marilyn Peters.  He is survived by his wife, Irene; daughter, Beth (Dean) Fisher; son, Terry (Candy) Stocker; grandchildren, Kylie and Connor.

Funeral service will be held Monday, March 13, 2023, 12:00 pm at Trinity United Church of Christ, 3909 Blackburn Rd., Canton, where the family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the time of service. Interment Sunset Hills Memory Garden. Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity United Church of Christ 3909 Blackburn Road NW., Canton, Ohio 44718. Condolences and special memories of John can be shared with his family online at


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17 Tributes to John F. Stocker

  1. Kim and Chris Rudy says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the Stocker family and my dear friends Beth and Dean Fisher. I know how special your dad was and he will be missed. All our love during this time.

    • Randy (Red Dog)Harper says:

      Irene, we’re so sorry for your loss. John was a good man. He was loved and respected by many. I was an apprentice when I first worked with him, and now I’m retired. Image that! Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family.

    • Janet McLean says:

      Though my acquaintance with John and Irene was recent it was a pleasure whenever I saw them at Trinity
      church. John was always friendly and welcoming and smiling. My condolences to Irene and Jean and all the family.

    • Sue McCormick says:

      Our condolences in the passing of John. He is at peace now. Prayers for Irene, Beth, Terry and his extended family. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Dale & Sue McCormick

  2. Richard and Mary Martorana says:

    To The entire Stocker family we are sadden to hear of John’s passing, we have alot of good memories at Terry’s house when he and Irene came to visit John was a very good person and will be missed. Condolences to all of you.

    • Lynn Schaufele says:

      Sincere condolences to the entire Stocker family. John and Irene were good friends of my parents, Ron and Donna Price. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

      • Shari Edwards says:

        Jerry and I knew John from Trinity UCC. He was always so nice and a joy to be around. He will be missed.

  3. Mike and Vicki Hammer says:

    To all of the Stocker family. Mike and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We only met him a few times but he was funny, humble and so kind to all. He will be missed by all who knew him. Many prayers for comfort.

  4. Chuck Klett says:

    I met John on the picket line one year and we were friends from day 1. Hard to believe he’s gone. Hell, he’s still conducting union business somewhere, I’m sure.

  5. Jim Kinkead says:

    John will be remembered by me and many others from the DiPietro family, John would come over to Skyland Pines anytime we had a problem with our doors. Always a problem solver with a friendly face and a smile. He will be missed.

  6. Stephanie Welker says:

    I was saddened to read about John’s passing. He was such I kind man who I got to know when we volunteered together for many years on the HOF Transportation Committee. My deepest sympathy to Irene and the rest of John’s family. May his memory be eternal.

  7. Heidi Latzan says:

    I’m so very sad that John has passed but know that I am a better person having known him. John was one of the sweetest, kindest people to grace this earth. He will be missed and lovingly remembered as a treasured friend in our little neighborhood. My condolences to Irene and his family. We are here anytime you need us.

  8. Mike McKinney says:

    Stocker family, I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. I have nothing but fond memories of many talks with John as Terry and I grew up in the neighborhood and when I moved my family back to the neighborhood. John was a kind man and a pleasure to know. God Bless in this time of grieving and remembering all of the good times.

  9. Lisa Kerry says:

    John was the first person to welcome us to the neighborhood 20 years ago. He always had a friendly face and the kindest heart. We will miss him and will always remember him as the best neighbor ever! Sending lots of love and prayers to Irene and the family.

  10. Brian Peters says:

    Hello everyone. I really wanted to be there. I also wanted to say hi to Uncle John one last time in person, but it was not to be.

    My earliest memory of Uncle John is from when I was just a toddler. I heard that after I was born, he came to stay with Mom sometimes while my dad was at marine reserves drill. This might’ve been one of those times. Uncle John was behind the wheel of his pickup truck, and I distinctly remember him waving goodbye to me with his palm facing me fingertips upward and splayed out. He vigorously waved his hand back-and-forth. This was memorable for me, because, as a tiny boy, everyone, meaning, probably my mom and her girlfriends, waved to me in that limp-wristed fingers pointing forward and moving up and down. The way uncle John waved to me, made me think, “He wants me to wave like a big boy.” I was touched and felt some kind of bond not only to uncle John, but sort of to all manhood. I was probably one and a half or two years old.

    Another memory from when I was probably 13 years old, was riding on the tractor with him while he was grading for a lawn at the second-to-last house. He showed me the controls and how he could steer it just with just his feet on the individual brakes on the big back tires. When I was 16 and learning to drive, he let me drive his car one time while we were going on an extended-family outing.

    I’ll never forget the stories he told, how he became so animated and got into character, his facial expressions, and his infectious laugh as he told those stories. He was loved and will be deeply missed.

  11. Ed and Monika Yadrnak says:

    We sure will miss driving by and waving to John on our way in and out of the neighborhood! We looked forward to running into him and exchanging stories whether it be in the neighbor while he was on a walk or even in the grocery store! The world was a better place because he was in it and we were happy to get to know him over the last 20 years here in Sunscape!

  12. Dave Blasiman says:

    To Irene and family , So sorry for your loss, thoughts and sympathy are with you. Elinore and Dave Blasiman

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