Sheriff John E. Magnuson, 66, of Sandusky, passed away late Thursday morning, March 28, 2013, in the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.
Born on December 1, 1946 in Elyria, the son of the late Edmund and Marian (Schaffer) Magnuson. Sheriff John Magnuson graduated in 1964 from Norwalk St. Paul High School. He served two years in the U.S. Army, including one year in Viet Nam.
Sheriff John Magnuson began his law enforcement career in 1970 at the Perkins Township Police Department.
On January 1 of 1972 he became a member of the Erie County Sheriff's Office, serving under Sheriff Albert Hess.
As a member of the Erie County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Magnuson served in a variety of capacities, including jail warden, and as executive officer from 1976 through his successful election as Erie County Sheriff in November of 1980.
Sheriff Magnuson was the first county elected official in 20 years from the Vermilion area. The bi-partisan support gave Sheriff Magnuson a base that allowed him to continue to be elected for five consecutive terms as Erie County Sheriff. With his election in November of 1979 and retirement in January 2001, Sheriff Magnuson became and remains the longest continuous elected Sheriff in Erie County's history.
Throughout his law enforcement career, Sheriff Magnuson obtained an associate's degree in Police Science from Lorain Community College, and a Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Youngstown State University.
Sheriff Magnuson is proud of his involvement in the construction of the first jail built in Erie County since 1886. Sheriff Magnuson was instrumental in the design and construction of the new jail located at 2800 Columbus Avenue, built in 1990.
Sheriff Magnuson is also proud of the many individuals whom he recruited for various positions at the Erie County Sheriff's Office, some of whom continue to pursue law enforcement careers in high-ranking leadership positions.
Sheriff Magnuson is a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, Paralyzed American Veterans, Buckeye State Sheriff's Association & Paul Catholic Church in Sandusky.
Survived by his brother, Eric J. (Joan) Magnuson of Fremont and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William P. "Bill" "Broadway" Magnuson in 1975; sister, Ann E. Langhals in 2006.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013, from 2 - 8 PM at the David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013 at 10:30 am at Norwalk St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main Street, Norwalk, OH. Monsignor Ken Morman officiating. Interment will be in Norwalk St. Paul Catholic Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #83 Color Guard. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to John's family at www.davidfkoch.com