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John J. DeYoung

Published: August 20, 2014 4:00 AM

John J. DeYoung, 94, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.

John was born in Ravenna, Ohio on July 13, 1920 to parents Jacob S. and Alberta DeYoung. He retired from Goodyear Aerospace where he enjoyed a career as a draftsman. Prior to starting at Goodyear in 1955, John worked on the farm on which he was born and also worked at the Ravenna Arsenal. He enjoyed gardening, aircraft, reading, music, being in plays and going to the Weathervane Playhouse for plays and musicals. He was a member of the Army Air Corps in WWII, supervised the antiques booth at the Portage County Fair with his wife Jane and was a Boy Scout leader and 4-H leader. John enjoyed 35 years of singing with the Community Choir and was a member of the First Congregational Church and the church choir.

John J. DeYoung

John was a Portage County resident for 94 years, most recently residing at Longmeadow Care Center, where he was this year's Portage County Randolph Fair King candidate representing Longmeadow.

John leaves his children: Larry A. (Joyce) DeYoung of Devon, Pa., Barbara A. DeYoung of Ravenna and Wayne M. (Barbara) DeYoung of Columbus, O. Left also to cherish his memory are his 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Jane M. DeYoung and his 6 siblings.

Friends will be received on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 4:00PM until 7:00PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:00AM with Rev. Jerry Kruse officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Gove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in John's memory may be sent to the Ravenna Community Choir, 515 Bowman Dr., Kent, Ohio 44240.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.

John's family would like to thank the entire staff at Longmeadow Care Center for the excellent care and compassion given to John and his family.

(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 8-20 & 21-14)

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Linda55 Aug 20, 2014 3:54 PM

Oh behalf of the Kline family that were your neighbors in the fairgrounds, we extend our love, thoughts and prayers to the DeYoung kids Larry, Barb and Wayne. What fond memories we have of your parents as we grew up playing and going to school together. Such loving people to all us kids! May God comfort and bless you during this time.

margy Aug 20, 2014 3:05 PM

Hello children of Jane and John;

Such wonderful people.  I so admired each of them, they were special folks and I will always treasure them.

Blessing to all


margy Aug 20, 2014 3:00 PM

Hello to you, children of John and Jane.    I soooo enjoyed your parents through the years.  They were such beautiful people I admired them greatly.    Such a legacy they left you all!


fastlinda1 Aug 20, 2014 10:38 AM

My Sympathy goes to the family.  John was a GREAT neighbor for many years!

Linda Sutliff