John McKarns

John “Cliff” McKarns age 93 of Salineville, Ohio passed away Nov. 6, 2013 at Blossom Nursing Home in Salem, Ohio. He was born Feb. 19, 1920 in East Liverpool, Ohio to Herman Hayes and Ethel Mae (Hull) McKarns.

Cliff was a farmer and had worked at B and W in Alliance, Ohio, and Summitville Tile for 35 years until he retired. Cliff was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church. He was a school board member for East Local in Carrollton Schools.

Cliff was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Salineville. Besides farming, he enjoyed his horses and coon hunting. Cliff was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Force as a Staff Sergeant.

Cliff is survived by his loving wife Phyllis Ann (Ruff) who he married December 31, 1984. A son, James C. McKarns of Salineville, Ohio; two stepsons, Thomas (Lorrine) Norris of Hanoverton, Ohio and Jerry (Debbie) Norris of Minerva, Ohio; three daughters, Carole (Bud) Thorne of Salineville, Ohio, Jane (Gary) Mardis of Mechanicstown, Ohio and Pat Kelly of Kensington, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Noreen (Gary) Peterson of Beloit, Ohio and Tracey (Earl) Pierson of Minerva, Ohio; a sister, Cora Booth of Lisbon, Ohio; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, 10 stepgrandchildren and 30 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his first wife, Mildred Irene (Skinner), whom he married Nov. 10, 1941, and she died June 22, 1980. Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Donna Harsh, and three sisters, Mary Clark, Doris Watson and Jean Kelley.

Calling hours for Cliff will be at the Maple Cotton Funeral Home in Kensington from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, with Masonic Services at 6:45.

The funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom Allmon and Bob Laughlin officiating. Burial will follow at Bethesda Cemetery with full Military Honors.