John E. Willoughby
August 11, 1937 ‒ February 25, 2019
Mount Gilead, Ohio
John E. Willoughby, age 81, of Mount Gilead, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 25, 2019, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
On August 11, 1937, John was born in Mount Sterling, KY, a son of the late Anderson Winfield Willoughby and the late Emma Thelma Willoughby Botts. He received his GED and then took college classes in heating, cooling and refrigeration and also received a certificate in welding.
For many years, John was a welder for Ohio Crane in Bucyrus and then retired from Marion Power Shovel after 15 years. He also worked many other welding jobs along the way.
John married the love of his life, Delilah Aldridge, on October 29, 1978. Together they shared almost 38 years of marriage all while raising 10 children and numerous grandchildren. She preceded him in death on September 9, 2016.
John loved being outdoors working in his vegetable garden. He enjoyed going to car shows, auctions, and collecting guns, knives and coins. He had a wild sense of humor and loved to tell dirty jokes. He was one of those guys that if he liked you he liked you, but if he didn’t you knew it. He truly loved his dogs because they loved him no matter what.
He will be dearly missed by his children: Ralph Willoughby of the Philippines, Jeffrey Willoughby of Nevada, Vickie (Tom) Durham of Nevada, Angela Robinson of Mansfield, Jennifer (Phillip) Bridenstine of Upper Sandusky, Mary (Noah) Reed of Mount Gilead, Lori (Don) King of Richwood, Misty (James) Hart of Edison, Carla (Ron) Campbell of Galion, and Marla Saunders of Chatfield; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; siblings: Elsa Goldsberry of Bellevue, Jewell Fox of Bucyrus, Janice Wilson of Bucyrus, Thomas Willoughby of Cincinnati, and Jerry Willoughby of Bucyrus.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by siblings: J.C. Willoughby, Pauline Risner and an infant sister.
John’s family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12Noon on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services to honor and celebrate his life will follow at 12Noon with Celebrant Galen McLeod officiating.
Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org) or to the Humane Society of Morrow County, PO Box 298, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 (www.hsofmc.org).
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve John’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.