John Benton Wissinger 72, of Salem died at 11:55 PM Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Salem Community Hospital.
He was a loving husband, father, pop pop and brother. He knew no stranger, and enjoyed visiting with everybody.
John was born on January 20, 1941 in Youngstown, the son of the late Donald H. Wissinger and Martha J. (Perry) Wissinger-Young.
He lived in Youngstown then moved to New Springfield, graduated in 1959 from their school. He later moved to Leetonia and then Salem almost 40 years ago. He was employed by the Ohio Turnpike Commission as a Assistant Supervisor for nearly 30 years. He retired in 1998 and drove truck for Bob McCracken, and Industrial Packaging in Lisbon.
He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was Stationed in Japan While serving the US Air Force. He was a former member of the Leetonia Methodist Church and a current member of the Salem First United Methodist Church. A member of the Leetonia Masonic Lodge for over 35 years, Past president and coach in the Hot Stove Baseball League, Scout Master in Troop #3 and a Commissioner in the Sandy-Beaver Council, a Volunteer fireman in the New Springfield Township and Leetonia Departments. A life member of the NRA. He also had worked at E W Bliss and Automatic Sprinkler Company. John was always going places and was a human GPS on his road trips. He never needed a map to find how to get there or get home. He loved his sports and would follow all his family in events and enjoyed watching them perform.
He will be Deeply missed by his wife of 52 years, the former Linda G. Price whom he married on July 6, 1961, his children, Guy Benton Wissinger and Tara Lyn (Husband Matt) Scott, his beloved grandchildren, Ty Benton Wissinger, Mackenzie Davis Scott, Evan Dean Scott and Benton Richard Scott all are of Powell Ohio, siblings, Marjorie J. (Edward) Larson and William H. Wissinger all of Boardman, Ohio, his brother in laws, Fred and Mary Price of Leetonia and Thomas and Mary Lou Price of Greenboro, NC., and many nieces and nephews, and his loving dog Chloe.
A time of visitation will be held on Monday from 1-3 and 6-8 Pm at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem. The services will be Tuesday, 10 AM in the chapel of the Salem First United Methodist Church with Rev. P. Doug George officiating. There will be no calling hours or viewing at the church. The burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery with full military honors from the Salem Honor Guard.
Donations to the building fund of the Salem First United Methodist Church.
Please sign the guest book at www.apgreenisenfh.com