John L. Ute

April 23, 1942 ‒ November 15, 2006

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: John L. Ute, 64, of Essex Road, Lexington, died Wednesday evening November 15, 2006 in his home following a long illness.

He was born April 23, 1942 in Mount Vernon to Charles, Sr. and Nellie I. (Tier) Ute, and had been a lifelong Lexington area resident.

For 30 years, John served as maintenance supervisor for Woodlawn Nursing Home, earning several gardening awards for his landscaping work on the property. He retired in 2001.

Fond of traveling, he spent quite a bit of time in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and most summer weekends boating and fishing at his place on Catawba Island.

John was a NASCAR fan, notably of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Remembered for his kind heart, he had a silent generosity, as…”he would do for people and never want to be recognized for it.”

Though reserved and not considered outgoing, he leaves a legacy of immense love for his wife, kids and grandkids…and his extended family.

He is survived by his wife Hazel M. (Hurrell) Ute, whom he married March 25, 1960; a son and daughter-in-law John L., Jr. and Donna Ute of Johnsville, daughter and son-in-law Joni and Frank Pfeiffer of Mansfield, daughter Candi Zartman of Mansfield; grandchildren Jeff, Jenny, Joe & Cara, Mandy, Nate, Lindsey, Adam, Dustin, Matt, and Ryan; great grandson Carter; his father Clint Dotson of Shelby; three brothers and two sisters-in-law Thomas P. and Jerilyn Ute of Lexington, Doug C. and Kim Dotson of Waynesville, and William C. Dotson of Norwalk; numerous nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his mother Nellie Dotson; four brothers Gary L. Ute, Robert Dotson, Benjamin Dotson, and Charles C. “Midge” Ute, Jr.

The family will receive friends today, Friday, November 17, 2006 from 4-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am in Mound View Cemetery, 307 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon. Pastor Joshua Walker will officiate.

Memorial contributions to First Friends Church may be made at the funeral home.

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Greatly Missed

A Fathers touch, A Daddy’s kiss, A grieving family, You’re greatly missed.

An empty garage, An empty chair, A fathers love, no longer there.

A broken heart, Tear filled eyes, Another soul to fill the sky.

Many memories in my mind, Some we laugh, Some we cry.

The time we shared, The laughs we had, Things we miss when we think of you Dad.

Realizing that’s all we have to hold on to, Only memories, Of what once was you.

Missing your laugh, we will never again hear. That is the reality that fills me with so much fear.

No more smile on your face, No more warmth of your embrace.

The last hug, The last kiss, The last “goodbye” leaves me with on last wish…

To have you Dad, here today, Never to leave your family this way.

A Father’s touch, A Daddy’s kiss, A grieving family, YOU’RE GREATLY MISSED!