John D. Okes, 52, of Valley City, passed away at the Cleveland Clinic, surrounded by his family, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, following a long illness. John was born in Medina June 8, 1960, son of the late John J. and Helen L. Okes.
John graduated from Buckeye High School in 1979 and in 2012 received his degree in computer electronics from ITT Tech. John graduated with honors at the top of his class, despite his declining health. Though talented with computers, John’s passion was his music. He often shared his mastery of the guitar on many front porches, holiday gatherings and wedding festivities. With a love for music and a gifted understanding of the instrument, John taught the art of guitar playing to many others.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a sister, Teresa G. Lawrence. John also leaves behind his devoted dog, Furby.
Mourning his loss are sisters, Jesteva L. Moye-Hosey of Medina and Jean Kinney of Litchfield; nephews, David L. Kinney, Joseph Lawrence and James Moye; nieces, Rita Davis, Amanda Lawrence and Sherry Chancellor; and nine great nieces, and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to gather for a fellowship hour and luncheon at 5:30 P.M., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Buckeye Christian Assembly, 3159 Columbia Road, Medina, followed by a Celebration of Life Service to be held at 6:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the family in care of the Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City, OH 44280