John Ogle Ginder

May 22, 1918 ‒ December 10, 2014

Galion, Ohio

John Ogle Ginder, 96, of Galion passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 after a period of declining health. He was born on May 22, 1918 in Marion, Ohio.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Leona (Bell) Ginder, brothers William, Walter Jr., Richard, and Robert, and son Steven Cole.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Eileen (Hoffman) Ginder; brother Jim Ginder and sister-in-law Nancy Ginder of Kingsport, TN; sisters Ann Ginder of Galion and Mary Jean (Ginder) Studer and brother-in-law Roger Studer of Dayton; son John M. and daughter-in-law Jill (Flick) Ginder of Plymouth, MI; daughter Lucinda (Cole) Marino of Galion; granddaughter Tonya (Marino) McAdams and grandson-in-law Tracy McAdams of Bucyrus; grandsons Nic Marino of Galion and Jared and Jordan Ginder of Plymouth, MI; great-grandchildren Sophie and Emma McAdams of Bucyrus and Dominic Marino of Galion and many cherished nieces and nephews.

A 1936 graduate of Galion High School, John worked in the family grocery in Galion and at Willo’dell Nursery in Ashland, was a conductor on the Erie Railroad, and joined the US Army in 1944, serving in the 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds” of the 25th Infantry Division in the Philippines during World War II and in occupied Japan after the War. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he delivered mail for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 1979. John was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Galion Elks Club, the American Legion, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was a fan of Galion High School and The Ohio State University sports. He had a voracious appetite for learning and reading, enjoyed travel and, no matter where he was, seemed never to be lost. Among his travels in retirement was a boat trip with friends that took them from Long Island to Lake Ontario via New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and the Erie Canal. Recently John remarked to Eileen that “I’ve had a good life. I’ve had a lot of fun!”

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 South Market St. Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13, with Rev. Joe Stafford officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions to HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion/ Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of John Ginder, and condolences may be made to them at

  • I will never forget Jack, he was a character. He would always tease me every time I saw him about how I would go to the mailbox in my PJs when I was little. No idea why I went to get the mail — it couldn’t have been for me! I would see him through the years from time to time when his niece and my best friend, Jill Ginder White, would come to visit. We actually ran into him at an OSU game one year, which was nice. We spent the Skull Session sitting with him. I know he traveled to the games frequently. Go Bucks!! RIP Jack.

  • To all of the families of John,
    Max and I send our love and sympathy to all of you in the loss of your loved one.
    We are unable to attend however, we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this time and in the days to follow. He lived a good long life.
    Ruby and Max
    Harlingen, Texas

  • My uncle Jack was an unforgettable character. He was our mailman for many years. He always had us laughing and his laugh was infectious. His famous line to us was” here’s looking up your old address”. I will always have fond memories of you uncle Jack. Until I see you again, Love, Terri Jo.

  • To say that my uncle Jack lived life to the fullest, that would be an understatement! He was hilarious, much like my dad, and always kept us laughing. He came to visit us many times after we moved to Tennessee and would always ask us girls if we wanted to share his kippers. Of course, we always said no! He will be missed by many I’m sure. To Eileen, John and Cindy and the rest of the family, you are in my prayers.

  • Oh Jack, you did live a great life. You are with your folks and all your loved ones now.. Nate and I got such a kick out of you! I remember he brought us a great big bottle of vanilla from Mexico, It was so good! we just used it up 6 months ago. Anyway, my sister, Nancy Ginder is Jacks sister-in-law. We all had fun when Jack was around. Our prayers go out to Eileen, Cindy and all the family at this time. May you find peace.

  • Sorry to hear about the death of Uncle Jack. He lived a long and happy life. I can just imagine the laughs from dad and his brothers in heaven!

  • What more can be said about “John Ogle”. He was probably one of the most fun loving people I have ever known. Growing up I was always his “baby brother” and he always referred to me as ” DINGER”. He was always there to give me advise or help of any kind. I will always be proud of his accomplishments especially his service to our country in WWII. The day he returned home from fighting in Japan the entire family spent all night around the kitchen table (at 1301 Harding Way) listening to his experiences of the war.
    After my family and I moved to Tenn. ” Jack” made frequent trips from Galion to play on my Pontoon Boat. We had some great times.
    Jacks recent admission saying “I’ve had a good life and I’ve had a lot of fun” say’s it all.
    All of my Brothers were ” Class Act’s” ( and my remaining two sis’s are right in there too)
    I love you Big Brother, DINGER

  • To the Family, I remember Mr.Ginder when he worked at the Post Office with my Dad, John Champion. He was always happy and laughing. I’ll bet they all had a good time working together at the PO. Now some of them will enjoy each other up in Heaven. Praying for you all.

  • The family of John Ginder,
    If there was ever a resident of Galion that could be called “a fixture” it would be John. From the days of delivering our mail on Newmann Ave and the daily stops at McDonalds he always made the day a little brighter. He was the first to welcome my mom when she transfered to GHS. I can see him now, holding court in heaven. God’s speed my friend until we meet again.

  • To the John Ogle Ginder Family,
    Please accept our sympathy and prayers. John was a fun loving person and enjoyed life.
    The Nelson Family