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408 Front Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-373-1111
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John Spear

John Wilcox Spear

Tuesday, January 29th, 1929 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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John Wilcox Spear, 90, of Marietta, Ohio died on Monday, September 30, 2019. He was born on January 29, 1929 in Loudonville, Ohio to Brinkerhoff and Leah Spear.

John was a 1947 graduate of Mansfield High School. He received his BS from Kent State University and his BS in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1956. He was the first pharmacist at Marietta Memorial Hospital and began his 41-year career there in 1965. After he retired, he returned to work at the hospital part time and continued in that role until 2014.

He served in the United States Marine Corps and was a Korean War Veteran. He remained active in the American Legion Post 64 BTW. John was a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church of Marietta, Ohio. He also was active in many civic organizations including the Lion’s Club, the Elks Club, and the Board of Health. He was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.

John met his future soul mate, Joan Senert Spear, when they were six years old. They married on September 3, 1950. She preceded him in death in 2006. John and Joan Spear are survived by three sons: John (Sue) of Darien, IL, Joel (Cathleen) of Chicago, IL, and Jeffrey of Marietta; seven grandchildren, Nathan (Audrey) of Petaluma, CA, Alexia (Lou) Perez of Bolingbrook, IL, Jonathan (Sarah) of Aurora, IL, Jeff of Chicago, IL, Ian of San Francisco, CA, and Jordan (Meredith) of Snead’s Ferry, NC; and five great grandchildren (Logan, Dylan, Brianna, Bryar, and Bralynn).

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, Ohio on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM with Reverend David Smith officiating. Full military honors will be observed as well. Family will greet friends for one hour before the service and at a reception at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given in John’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Memorial Health System Foundation.

John will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and his indomitable and positive attitude. His quick wit and ribald sayings will keep his spirit alive for all who knew and loved him.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    First Presbyterian Church of Marietta
    501 Fourth Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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  • Memorial Services

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    First Presbyterian Church of Marietta
    501 Fourth Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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    Services will be announced at a later date
  • Reception

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 2:00pm
    First Presbyterian Church of Marietta
    501 Fourth Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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Ohio Northern Univ. College of Pharmacy family

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Kirk Adie

Posted at 11:41am
My memories of John are dueling BBQs across the fence, setting the clock to his every morning trip to the Bee, always wearing a smile, and being a touchstone for Chris at Elmcroft. Bless him.
Kirk Adie

Barbara/Delbert McFarland

Posted at 11:23am
John was always greeting us anywhere we saw him. We new him years ago by living in his area, but got back to seeing him again at the Busy Bee when we would stop in for breakfast. He was always friendly and making jokes, and laughing at all the goings on at the Bee. He will be missed.

Winifred H Williams

Posted at 08:11am
I met John when my mother was moved into Elmcroft of Marietta. He always greeted my family with a smile and a hug and was a bright spot in everyone’s day. We will miss his warm smile and positive spirit.

David and Laura Watt

Posted at 08:48am
We will miss Big John. We will always cherish the memories of our times together and his generous and optimistic spirit. David and Laura Watt
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