John J. Grill

August 03, 1940 ‒ November 03, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

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LEXINGTON, OHIO: John Grill’s life in Christ was like traveling on a train with a predetermined destination. He was not the driver, Jesus was, and God provided the route, the means of travel and the date of arrival. There were stops and delays along the way, but John had confidence in the engineer.

Since he was a little boy, John was fascinated with trains, and built model train sets on an elaborate scale. His most recent home was even built around his train room of model O gauge Lionel sets.

His trip complete, John passed into the Lord’s care Saturday, November 3, 2018, surrounded by loving family. He was 78.

Born August 3, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY to John A. and Anna M. (Steinberg) Grill, John was a “numbers guy”. He enjoyed a career as a corporate accountant, which brought him to Mansfield in 1972 to accept a position with the Tappan Company. Following retirement his accounting pedigree served him well as the treasurer of the board of the condo association of The Gables, a collection of neighbors and friends he treasured.

John appreciated the web presence of World Outreach Church of Murfreesboro, TN, and made up for some lost time in his life sharing his Christian faith with daily devotionals and sermon series commentaries, mentoring and sharing with family and close friends through the portal of his iPad.

He is survived by daughters Dawn (James) Onderak of Mansfield and Beth (David) Cooper of Trotwood; grandchildren Jonathon (fiancée Aria Jackson) Smith, Tyler Smith, Spencer (Autumn) Smith, Olivia Smith and Isaac Onderak; great grandchildren Aiyana and David; and two cherished additions to the family Alise and Barrett.

He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Joan (Joyce) Grill, who passed August 1, 2002.

His family will receive guests Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44904 (419-884-1711) where a service celebrating his life will begin at 1 p.m. Private burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, to acknowledge John’s appreciation for World Outreach Church, his family strongly prefers contributions to the church be made at the funeral home.

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  • My deepest sympathy to John’s family. I hope the fond memories you have of
    him will give you some comfort at this difficult time. Also, pray to God
    for comfort. Trust in him to provide the comfort and help needed during
    this time of sorrow.
    Psalm 62:8

  • We are surrounding you with prayers during these days, Beth Grill Cooper and Dave. May the legacy that your Dad leaves to you bring you peace and comfort…..we’re very sorry!

  • Dear Dawn and family, So sorry for your loss! What a beautiful obituary and tribute to your dear Father. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6

  • My condolences to all of you. As you know all of you were an extended parts of my family growing up.I can’t believe here we are as adults and all of our parents are gone. I have fond memories of your dad and his trains and I wish you all peace and hugs and love and I’m here if you need me

  • I am so sorry for the loss of John. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of John. He was so valued by all who knew him.

  • Our condolences Beth and Dawn. Seems like just yesterday we were all celebrating the 4th of July in the backyard over on Salem. Great neighbor, always there to help, so many great memories!

  • John was such an important part of our Gables condominium community since it started in 2007. John was the only Treasurer we have had since the beginning, and he made sure all of us knew exactly where we stood from a financial standpoint. His financial reporting was unsurpassed. He will be greatly missed this year as we carry on without him. The thoughts and prayers of all of us will continue to be with his family.

  • I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a very kind man and I enjoyed his humor. Your family is in my prayers. You were so blessed to have a such a dear father.

  • Even though we’re no longer Gablers, the last 12 years having John “GasGrill” as our neighbor, mentor, and keeper of sanity in our Associations day-to-day operations will be deeply missed by not only myself but many of us. I have no idea how many times he would look over his glasses at me, during a meeting, and say, “you can’t do that, remember in the by-laws..” I so depended on him and will miss him deeply! Prayers for John’s family in this difficult time, but we know he’s in a fabulous place now….

  • Our deepest condolences to Dawn, Beth and their family on the loss of father and grandfather John Grill .He was most certainly. a good neighbor and an excellent treasurer for our Gables Condo .He will be greatly missed

  • To the John Grill family, I want to offer my sincere condolences to you all.I was also very happy to know he was a believer in Christ.This is a very sad time for you but John is in the p.resence of his Lord and is mighty happy.