John Badenhop

June 12, 1946 ‒ November 09, 2019

Galion, Ohio

John M. Badenhop, 73, of Galion passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Avita Galion Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1946 in Malinta, Ohio and was the son of Arthur and Lorena (Orthwein) Badenhop. John is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Cathy S. (Mitton) Badenhop whom he married on December 5, 1981.

As a lifelong Lutheran he was active as a member of his congregation at First Lutheran Church in Galion where he served as Worship and Music Chairman, Lay Minister, Reader, Cantor and always shared his vocal gifts during worship. John proudly served his country for 10 years, in the United States Navy and 21 years in the Air National Guard. Following his United States Navy service, he had a long career in broadcasting and sales both in radio and television at several local stations and was perhaps most well-known for his tenure as the weatherman on WMFD. He always remained active in the community by  driving school bus for several local schools and announcing at Galion football games and the Galion Prom. Many people will remember and miss John’s dynamic smile and voice.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Janice (Cliff) Davis of Springfield, Dawn (Adam) Buxton of Galion, Jason Fish of Edgerton, Wisconsin, Jennifer (Todd) Parkison of Castalia and Julie (Jordan) Mickley of Gambier; 10 grandchildren, Toshia (Jonathan), Maranda, Alec, Elizabeth, Madaline, Joseph, Emily, Tanner, Tyler and Rylee and his close companions, his dogs, Molly and Mack.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant daughter Shiela Badenhop, brother Arthur Badenhop and daughter-in-law, Belinda Fish.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4:00 p.m. and 6 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16 at First Lutheran Church, 127 South Columbus St., Galion with Rev. Adam Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church music and worship fund or the Gary Sinise Foundation for Veterans in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of John Badenhop, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • I am sorry for your lost. John was a sweet,caring man who loved to sing God’s praises. He will be missed. I will keep you in my prayers. If you need to talk I am here for you.

  • Dear Cathy, Dawn and family – I’m so sorry to learn the sad news of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. – Rebecca & Rob Miller

  • I remember the wonderful man that went to Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Marion Ohio so very long ago. He had a smile that lit up a room and a nice firm handshake when he greeted you on Sunday mornings. I loved when he and my dad where ushers because I have to say he and my dad looked alot alike back in the day, same smile, same military demeanor. He will be very missed and I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. We all have lost a wonderful man down here but heaven has gained one of the best! On this Veterans day I want to thank you John for your service. My deepest sympathies.

  • Dear Friends & Family, I was my privledge to share a microphone with John Micheals Badenhop, for 5 years ( 1980 to 1985 ) @ WQEL – 92.7FM.. John was an outstanding radio collegue, & even better friend.. Those of us who worked with John will never forget his talent, & professionalism.. Rest assured, all of John’s business, & broadcast, associates, as well personal friends will never forget him… Sincerely Davey Jones

  • We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He had such a great voice and I loved signing in the choir with him at First Lutheran. Thinking of all of you. May he rest in peace.

  • To the Badenhop Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of John. What a life he had.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Thank you,John , for your wonderful life that we were so thankful to be a part of. It was great to be with you in Emanuel’s choir for so many years! We’ll miss you dearly, but looking forward to singing with you again in that grand choir with our Heavenly Father!
    Allan and Marcia Geyer

  • Cathy and family! We are so sorry for your loss! John was a wonderful person, touching many lives with his strong faith! God be with you all!

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time. God does shelter us for a time to help are hearts and souls get through this loss. We do keep you wrapped in his loving arms. We will all meet again with him is what sustaines us.

  • To the family of John Badenhop,

    I had the privilege of working with John in 1978 – 1979 at the radio station in Galion. He always had a smile to share. What a joy it was to learn the broadcasting profession from him. I extend to you my deepest sympathy.

    Joan Hubler

  • I am sure he is enjoying a reunion with my Gary and Ryan. Their love of music and the Lord was a common bond. John was a genuine man who lived his faith and love for his family. Until we meet again.

  • I worked with John at WBCO. So much fun it was to know him and work with him. He always had a smile. This is a loss for the radio audience, but maybe God needed him to broadcast. My prayers and thoughts to his family

  • Janice,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s death. He will always be one of the memories I have of being in the Guard and his voice in the halls at the base. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and thoughts as you start the process of healing. Give yourself time to remember things that will always make you smile when you think of him! Take Care, Jeff Charette

  • Met John and Cathy when they visited Aunt Ardy in Columbus. Their love shone then and continues. I know he’s at rest with God and rehearsing to sing with the heavenly choir 🎶

  • I had the chance to meet and get to know John while I worked for the National Weather Service at Mansfield Lahm airport. He was very personable and I never saw him without a smile. Rest in peace John!!!

  • You have are sincere condolences John was a great guy and a great classmate of mine at good o Malinta Grelton we went to school together from day one. So sad to hear he will be missed.

  • Our family was lucky to have John in our lives, as a grandfather figure to our children and a dear friend to us. I will always fondly remember our long talks on days when I would pick up the kids after work. Sending love and light to Cathy, the whole family, and Molly and Mack.

  • May the Holy Spirit fill your family with His grace and peace past all understanding.

    I had the privilege of getting to know John through work. I worked with him day to day and travelled to various customers with him what a genuine, kind and funny man. It was a blast to be around him and an honor to know him.

    Thank you John for your work, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for your service to our country.

    Rest In Peace.