STRUTHERS, Ohio – John D. Medvec, Sr., age 70, of Struthers, passed away at Hospice House after a brief illness on Thursday, August 3, 2017, with family at his side.
John was born on August 18, 1946, the son of Martin and Virginia (Anderson) Medvec and the second of four boys. He was a lifelong Struthers resident.
John was a Struthers High School graduate, class of 1965.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1967 aboard the USS Marias as a Seaman E3, out of Norfolk, Virginia and Naples, Italy.
After his service, he worked for Youngstown Sheet and Tube/Jones and Laughlin Steel in production control. He then became a driver sales associate for both Pesce Baking and Intercontinental Baking (Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake) until his retirement in 2008.
John is survived by his wife, the former Diane Klovis, whom he married on July 11, 1970 and celebrated 47 years together. He is also survived by his three children, John, Jr. (Teresa) of Struthers, Dan (Sarah) of Lowellville and Stacey (Carl Newyear) of Macedonia; his grandchildren, John III, Jared, BJ, Gianna, Olivia, Patrick and Madeline; three brothers, Martin, Jr. (Rose) of Tucson, Arizona, Kenneth (Jane) of Struthers and Michael (Christina) of Poland as well as 11 nieces and nephews.
John was an active member of the Struthers Baseball League, where he served as coach and manager from 1980-1989. He then was elected and served many terms as either first or second vice president until 2012. Since then he had been an active league trustee, serving the league with general park, field and concession stand preparation and maintenance. He had been active in bowling as well. He was a league bowler in the 70s and 80s. He became a coach under the American Bowling Congress (ABC) and was an assistant coach at the Bowladrome in the 1980s. He later returned to the lanes in 2015 to be the Saturday morning youth bowling director for Holiday Bowl. John was a past president of the Struthers Band Booster. He was an active member from 1984-2000. Besides being president, he served as historian and was a member of the Pit Crew, band truck driver, chaperone, and concession worker during varsity and tournament basketball and the Aut Mori Circus at the Struthers Fieldhouse.
John was an active member of Christ our Savior Parish, where he served multiple terms as a parish councilman, including a term as council president. He was active in the Muscle Club and Pirohy Making and Mass usher. He had represented C.O.S. in the community at the “Taste of the Valley” event hosted by area church community.
John was the chairman and organizer for the Struthers 4th of July parade. He started when parade was a function of the Struthers Baseball League in the 1980’s. He has been its coordinator through the sponsorships of the Struthers Business Association and the Struthers Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence. He was selected as the parade marshall in 2016 for his years of dedication to the parade and community.
This past June, John was honored by the Struthers Athletic Boosters with their “Outstanding Contributor Award” for his years of giving and service to the people, children and athletes of the Struthers community.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, Inc. 258 Poland Avenue in Struthers.
On Wednesday, August 9, a procession will leave the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. for a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at Christ our Savior Parish, Holy Trinity Church, celebrated by Fr. Martin Celuch.
Burial will take place in St. John Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House in John’s name.
The family would like to extend their heart-felt appreciation to the Mercy Health Boardman ICU, Vista Care Center Boardman and Hospice House staffs for their incredible care of John during this trying time.