John F. Setser

August 10, 1949 ‒ August 10, 2016

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Always smiling, ready to help, John Setser left this earth for his heavenly home on his 67th birthday (Wednesday, August 10, 2016) from OhioHealth Hospital in Mansfield.

Known for his humor, his crazy sayings, and his unselfish love, John leaves his family a legacy of wonderful memories.

He was born August 10, 1949 in Perrysville to parents Elbert & Edna (Spears) Setser. He proudly served his country by joining the US Navy. In 1970, a trip to the supermarket brought him face to face with the love of his life, Twila Mays. The couple soon married on November 21, 1970 and they were blessed with three children: Heidi, John, and Ryan.

He retired from Hi-Stat Mfg. in Lexington in 2014 and had previously worked for Flexible Corp. in Loudonville for 25 years. John attended Church of God on Trimble Road in Mansfield.

In spare time, he enjoyed woodworking and had a gift for building everything from apple crates to an entire house! He took a special fly fishing trip to Alaska with his son and took his wife on a whirlwind roadtrip out West to see almost every American landmark. John had a special fondness for his favorite dog, a Pomeranian named Gizmo.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 46 years Twila Setser of Bellville; daughter and son-in-law Heidi & Scott Herrick of Avon Lake; son and daughter-in-law John J. & Rumi Setser of Bellville; grandchildren Kabuto Setser, Jessica Stewart, Josh Stewart, Kelli Herrick, and Chris Herrick; a sister Joann Robertson; brothers Fred (Doris) Setser and Steve Setser all of Mansfield; sisters-in-law Ernestine Setser, Cathy Setser, Mary (Bill) Smith, Joan (Larry) Miller; brother-in-law John (Sondra) Mays; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his son Ryan Allen Setser in 1996 at the age of 19; four brothers: Don, Gene, Bruce, and Ronnie Setser; and his in-laws John & Hilda Mays.

Friends may call 1-5 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road) where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Monday. Pastor Michael Rogers will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

Contributions in his memory to the Jefferson Twp-Bellville Fire Department may be made at the funeral home.

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  • We will miss John greatly, we thourghly enjoyed our time with John, Twila, Jay and Kabuto on our last time down there to visit. Have some great memories from being with them over the years & the rest of their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Twlia and the rest of the family. May the love of God comfort you all during this difficult time.
    The Diller Family

  • A generous kind man,John will be missed by all.I pray Jehovah our God to comfort and strengthen his wonderful family,and hope one day I will meet him again and my family all in Paradise.

  • The Setser Family
    We Are so sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Hi-Stat and my husband worked with him at Flexie. He always made you laugh and love his family. dearly. All our prayers are with his family.

  • Sending my deepest love and condolences to the family! I truly enjoyed the visits to the Setser home as a kid. John always treated me like one of his own and taught this city girl how to get over my fears! Prayers for you Twila. ~Hugs, Rebecca Goff Wayman

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked with John at
    Hi-Stat he always had a smile for everyone
    Thoughts and prayers for your family .

  • I worked with John at Hi-Stat for many years. He truly was the nicest man. He always had a smile for everyone and was willing to listen to our needs to come up with a solution. He will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences to his family.

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Hi-Stat. He was such a pleasant person and always had a smile for everyone.

  • John, your Father was always very kind to me. I remember when he was our baseball coach. Expressing my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • So sorry to hear about John. Knew him well at Hi-Stat. He always talked about his family, so proud. He definitely made us laugh for sure. Rest in peace friend….

  • I am very sorry for your loss . I worked with John at Hi Stat he was one of my biggest coffee drinkers.

  • John, sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers.

  • To the family of Johnny Setser….my heart hurts so for all of you. Johnny was always such a funny and very kind man. I was just talking to someone last Sunday from Bellville who knew Johhny and Twila. Reminds us of how fast things can happen. Love and heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  • My Dear Twila. I am so sorry to hear about John. He was always so helpful and giving. So are you. I will be praying for you and the family and friends. Hugs. It is hard. Fred has been gone for 12 years. Take care.

  • My heart an prayers go out to aunt Twila , Heidi & Jay an their families an the grandchildren. Uncle Johnny was a great man an will be deeply missed by all who knew him. I will definitely miss that big hug around the back of my neck an him saying”Hey Chadderbox how’ve you been” lol he always had a way of making anyone smile love you all an you all are in my prayers💜

  • John and Rumi, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll be keeping your whole family in my thoughts and prayers..

  • The short time Virgil and I lived by you was enough time to become friends plus I worked with John at hi-stat. My heart is with his entire family. he will be missed.

  • All my heart goes out to you all , there’s not much that I can say other than I love you and you are in my prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss, your family is in our continued thoughts and prayers~ Chip, Ann, Mason and Sarah

  • Twila and family, so sorry for your loss. Johnny was a good man. A loving husband, father, grandfather. He had such a great sense of humor. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Buford “Doug” and Ilene


  • Twila, What a shock to see that he had passed away.
    I hope that you are hanging on and that you put you trust in God to get you threw this sad time.
    It,s still hard for me to see that he, gone
    Hang On!
    We Hade a good time at T O D
    Love to you and your family.

    Love Joyce