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John Thigpen

Published: February 27, 2014 4:00 AM

John Thigpen, 67, passed away February 24, 2014. Born in Ravenna, Ohio on August 14, 1946, John was a 1964 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. Subsequently he served in the United States Marine Core from 1964-1968. He owned or operated numerous gas stations and automotive repair facilities for over 30 years.

Preceded in death by his parents Paul and Florence (Crocker) Heaton, he is survived by his partner of 23 years, Janis; sons Vincent, Jr. and Jason; daughters Dawn, Brandi and Jessica; sisters Betty and Mary and 8 grandchildren.

John Thigpen

Calling hours will be held 6-8 PM Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st from 2-4 PM at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.

(RC 2-27-14)

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sissy3552 Feb 28, 2014 11:12 AM

John we had heard of your passing and will miss u it wont be the same up at the lake not seeing u there washing your car our your boat and helping every one around u you will be miss dearly 

but i no u are in a better place and still out there on the water catch all the fish love chuck and sissy johnson 

lilmare46 Feb 28, 2014 6:42 AM

I'm so truly sorry to hear of John's passing......I remember him in school and when I would run into him he always had his chuckle that would put a smile on anyone's face.......he was always upbeat and a truly great person........My prayers go out to Janis and his family........

cjc Feb 27, 2014 9:44 AM

Some of my best memories are when working with John at Kent Auto Care, either assisting him in one of his many projects, or having him help me fix my car. He was always harrassing me, and as everybody who knew him well would know, it was done in a way that only John could do, and even thinking about it now brings a smile to my face!! The world is a bit less interesting today without John, and my Prayers are with The Thigpen Family and his Partner, Janis!!    

Chuck Chilton


jimlighton Feb 27, 2014 9:01 AM

Rest in Peace John!!  Rest in Peace!!!


Jim Lighton - Ravenna Township, Ohio

mhatha Feb 27, 2014 7:51 AM

Just as my husband knows of friends I have through work by name only, I knew “Johnnie” only through the stories Jim would tell me of their friendship.  As friends often do, they checked in with each other on a daily basis.  John’s greeting was always, “Hey, Jimmy!”, and Jim would reply, “Hey, Johnnie!” then a chuckle before they discussed the business of the day.  I was happy that my husband had a friend like John.  Jim always said you knew where you stood with John, and he liked that about his friend.  John  will never know how much he touched my heart, for anyone who my husband thought so highly of truly had to be one of the good guys in life.  I will miss just hearing him on the phone.  “Hey, Johnnie!”  Rest in peace now.       Mary Atha