Gregory A. Zoker

December 05, 1953 ‒ December 14, 2008

Plain City, Ohio

Gregory A. Zoker, age 55, of Plain City, died unexpectedly early Sunday morning, December 14, 2008, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on December 5, 1953 in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Paul Richard and Clelia Beatrice (Lipo) Zoker.

He graduated from Barberton High School in the Class of 1972.

A dedicated worker, Greg put in 32 years as a general laborer at the Goodyear plant in Marysville until his retirement.

Introduced through a mutual friend, Greg married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Isett on April 2, 1983 in Las Vegas.

A gambling man, he enjoyed playing roulette and shooting craps at the tables in Atlantic City or at the Argosy Casino.

Greg had an extensive collection of metal toy trucks. A Christmas tradition was started with his collection and every year all of the grandchildren were given a toy truck.

Greg enjoyed watching Suze Orman on CNBC to get the latest stock updates. He also religiously did the crossword puzzles out of the newspaper.

Many hours were spent with other Goodyear retiree’s at Mrs. Renison’s Donuts in Marysville, their social center for gossip.

Greg was an awesome man with an interesting sense of humor. His family believes the mold must have been broken when he was created, for he was one of a kind.

Quite the joker, Greg loved to tease his children and grandchildren. He made sure to teach each of them his catchphrase “whatever!”

Greg will be dearly missed by his wife Barbara; his twin daughters: Jennifer Lynn Zoker and her life partner, Sarah Spicer of Hermitage, TN, Janelle Lea Zoker and Travis Hughes of Columbus; his step daughter, Jennifer Sue Madden of Springfield, OH; his granddaughter, Celia Nicole Hughes; four step grandchildren: Johnathan Davis, Alexandria Nicole, Brandon Lee, and Zachary Tyler Madden; a brother, Richard Paul Zoker of Doylestown, OH; a sister, Paula Weiss of Colorado Springs, CO; and a sister-in-law, Cheryl (Carlton) Williams of Marion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Steven George Isett.

His family will greet friends from 12-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center St., Marion where services will immediately follow at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Gary Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214.

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