John Ammon Minter

July 31, 1945 ‒ December 03, 2018

Marion, Ohio

John Ammon Minter, age 73 of Marion, passed away at his home on Monday, December 3, 2018 surrounded by his family.

John was born on July 31, 1945 in Massillon, the son of Ammon H. and Mary C. (Nofsinger) Minter. John was educated in Massillon and graduated from Jackson High School. He then continued his education at Kent State University, where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and an Ed S. in psychology.

John dedicated his life to the service of others through education. He started his career in 1974 as a school psychologist for the Marion County Schools, later becoming Director of Special Services for those county districts.  He served in that position until he retired in 2008.  John then continued in that position on a part time basis for the Pleasant Local Schools until 2017. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Ashland University.

Not only was he a gifted educator, but he was a lifelong learner and lover of knowledge. He had an eclectic love of music from classical to rock and was interested in world affairs, economics and finance. He regularly exercised his body as well as his mind. He enjoyed running, biking and working out at the Y. He also enjoyed working in his vegetable garden.

He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years Cynthia “Cindy” (Smith) Minter; children: John A. “Jamie” (Erin) Minter and Anne Minter; grandson Jack Minter and his sister, Carol.

John is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Friday, December 14, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 143 South Prospect St., Marion from 3PM to 5PM; Memorial service will start at 5PM with a meal to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made payable to “Marion Community Foundation”, 504 S. State St., Marion, OH 43302 (or online through, for the benefit of the Community’s Memorial Scholarship Fund to award a scholarship in 2019 in memory of John.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Minter family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • To the Minter Family,

    John was a wonderful friend while I was at Elgin. He helped me time and time again as I fulfilled my EMIS responsibilities. We also shared a love for cooking and shared many recipes. He loved his family and was dedicated to helping others become the best they could be. He was a really good person. No words can express how deeply sorry I am for your loss.

    Sincere regards,

    Paula Everett

  • I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was a great man filled with such kindness. Although it has been years since I have seen any of the Minter family, I often think of my River Valley days and you are present in those thoughts. Please lean on family and friends at this time. I am sending you positive thoughts and prayers.

  • I hadn’t seen John for many years and I’m sorry I didn’t get to the funeral. As I read John’ obituary I was flooded with good memories of JOHN and his dedication to the children of Marion County. I express my heart felt condolences to you and your family .

    Especially at this time of year I pray that God will give you and your family comfort and peace.