John H. Bister

September 24, 1942 ‒ November 15, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

John Bister passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 15, 2018 in his home. He was 76.

He was born September 24, 1942 in Mansfield to parents Joseph Sr. & Elizabeth (Rittinger) Bister. John worked at AK Steel, where he worked for 30 years until retiring in 1997.

In spare time, he took pleasure in riding his motorcycle and fishing. But above all, he will be most remembered for his loving personality and his willingness to give the shirt off his back to those he cared for.

He is survived by his son Charles Bister; grandchildren Tyler Wood, Skylar Bister, and Remington Jones; and several great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister and brother Joseph Bister Jr.

A funeral service honoring John’s life will be held Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, with an hour prior of visitation. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in John’s memory to Make It Fit Foundation may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve John’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories always keep him close in your hearts. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Charles so sorry for your loss. Your dad was always a dear to me. I can recall meeting him for the first time in 6th grade. I hope you will remain strong at this time. May God grant you the strength to get through this. Much love Barb Koss

  • Our Deepest Sympathy to his son, family & friends. John was always willing to listen and help you out with his knowledge on so many different things. Loved his conversations about welding, when he worked at the steel mill, motorcycles and stories of the past. A Very caring person who will be missed. Dave,Sherry, Michael Spellman-Moran, and Dave,Saundra and John Spellman

  • Chuck, so sorry to hear about John. He was my best friend and if I had a problem or needed to talk he always had an open mind and willing ear for me. I will miss our long talks and we have had quite a few over the years. You stay strong and remember to always do right by people just like your dad did., he never did anyone wrong ever. John Bister you were the most honest man I ever met. I will always love you.

  • I was so shocked to hear of John’s passing today. Over the past 4 years I’ve gotten to know him while working at McDonald’s. He is one of my favorite customers. I will never forget his smile, his kind words towards me, or his big red truck. It’ll definitely be hard not to hear his voice through the drive thru. May he forever rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed.

  • Chuck, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I have so many fond memories of your dad and us. I will treasure those memories for my lifetime. I am sorry I was not able to attend today but you are in my prayers. If you need anything please feel free to get in touch with me. Keith and Jodi (Johnson) Gilmore