John R. Zura 62, residing in Sandusky passed away early Sunday morning November 11, 2012 at his home with his devoted & loving wife of 42 years, Valerie Jean (Fantozzi). After ten years of bravely battling cancer, he is at peace.
He was born on April 22, 1950 on North Bass Island to the late John and Geraldine (Wolfe) Zura. He was the brother of the late Donald Zura, and uncle of the late Jeremy Harlan.
John was a 1968 graduate of Sandusky High School and served two years with the U.S. Marine Corp. His services included one tour of Vietnam from 1969-1970. He also served and retired from the Army National Guard after 18 years of service.
He is a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Sandusky. He worked with The Tenneco Automotive Corporation in Milan, Ohio for the past 36 years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, playing cards with family and friends, and traditional knocking over the Christmas tree.
He will be missed, but not forgotten by his family & friends, sons; John (Christine), Joseph (Mindy); his grandchildren, John Zachary, Bryanna Marie, Zane Christopher, and Dominic Robert; five sisters Gladys Adams of Cincinnati, Ohio, Judy (Gary) Dickman of Milan, Ohio; Pat (Peter) Mandrik of Huron, Ohio; Geraldine (Don) Foster of Sandusky, Ohio; and Deborah (Rick) Harlan of Put in Bay, Ohio; and so many people that he had been a part of their lives and touched them by his outgoing personality, boisterous laughter, and jokester spirit that everyone loved so much.
Friends may call on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 4-7pm at the Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins, Ave., Sandusky, OH. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:30am in the Funeral Home. The Pastor Paul Atkinson of Salem United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron, Ohio.
Memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 805 Wayne St, Sandusky, OH 44870.
On-line condolences may be made to www.grofffuneralhomes.com