John R. “Jay” Bowling

January 06, 1940 ‒ February 13, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

LEXINGTON: John R. “Jay” Bowling went to be with the Lord Friday evening, February 13, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 75.

He was born January 6, 1940 in Chicago to parents John R., Sr. and Maryon (Keogh) Bowling. After he was graduated from Marmion Military Acadamy in Aurora, IL, he earned his bachlor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. A proud alum, he was always a strong supporter of the college and especially their football team.

Jay was a true patriot. With a military career that spanned more than 25 years, he was proud to retire as a Major. A member of Army Special Forces, he was a prestigious Green Beret with the 11th and 12th units.

At Sage (a hot spot for after-work drinks in 1960’s Chicago) a beautiful young lady named Angelita Mendez caught his eye and he knew right then that she was the girl for him. The pair soon married on May 20, 1967, and together raised a son and daughter.

Jay worked as a salesman with several companies including Federal Signal Corp., Vanner Corp., and AutoCall (where he was V.P. of sales).

He was a faithful member of Resurrection Parish in Lexington as well as Knights of Columbus, Notre Dame Club of Mansfield, and the Monogram Club. In spare time Jay enjoyed watching football and reading a good book. His family and friends will miss his great sense of humor, generosity, and all-around helpfulness.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Angelita Bowling of Lexington; his son Patrick Bowling of Columbus; his daughter and son-in-law Stephanie & Dr. Nicholas Franklin of Dublin; two grandchildren Grady Franklin and Wren Franklin; a sister Barbara Zepaltas; two brothers Berry Bowling and Dennis Bowling; a neice Lauren & Tom Jankovsky with their children Andrew and Jacob; and a nephew Jason Zepaltas.

His family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave, and a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. Wednesday morning at Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Ave. The Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver will officiate and military honors at the church will be performed by American Legion Post # 535 of Bellville.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jay’s family and encourage you to watch his tribute video online or post a message to his family at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Angelita,

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your family this week. I loved hearing your stories about Jay.

    Don’t forget I’m only a phone call away.

    Hannah Snyder, funeral director

  • Dear Angie, Stephanie and Patrick, Jay was such a sweet fella, that while you will miss his smiles and good humor, he left you with memories nothing can diminish. Be sure that you share those memories with each other and with friends, it will bring you great comfort. You are in my prayers, Muriel

  • Jay was a special guy who taught me an awful lot at Vanner. It was not at all unusual for me to be in the odd automotive warehouse in Sheboygan and have someone ask me how Jay was doing, even though they hadn’t seen him in ten years. He was the consummate gentleman and a great businessman. He will be sadly missed. Please accept my condolences.

  • Jay will be missed by all who knew him. Always the Gentleman, it was Great working with him at Vanner. I have fond memories of him. Thoughts and Prayers with all of you. My Sincere Condolences.

  • I owe Jay much. He helped me at the Ashland CO. Jail for several years.He was my assistant instructor. Jay set a great example for the inmates of the jail. Jay was a great family man,a great friend, and a good Christian. He loved his family,his friends,and his country.He will be missed !

  • May prayers are with you, Angkor,Pat,Stephaanie and the rest of your family .Services on Ash Wednesday Blessings

  • Angie, Stephanie & Patrick, Even though distance has not allowed us to come togethere very often, we have frequently talked about Jay and how fortunate he was to have such a loving wife and two such great kids. We know he was a straight-up guy who put love and effort in the right places: home and country. Betty baby-sat for Jay many years ago… Bob remembers always being struck at how much Jay resembled the Bowling side of the Family – especially Grandpa/Pop. We hope you’re able to move through this difficult period with warm and loving memories. Betty (Sister Grace), Pat and Bob

  • Angie, Stephanie & Patrick, Even though distance has not allowed us to come togethere very often, we have frequently talked about Jay and how fortunate he was to have such a loving wife and two such great kids. We know he was a straight-up guy who put love and effort in the right places: home and country. Betty baby-sat for Jay many years ago… Bob remembers always being struck at how much Jay resembled the Bowling side of the Family – especially Grandpa/Pop. We hope you’re able to move through this difficult period with warm and loving memories. Betty (Sister Grace), Pat and Bob

  • To the family of Jay, he will be missed. I am a classmate of Dennis his brother. I have known Jay for over forty years, when he worked at Federal Signal. He sold me my first emergency light for the fire department. He is with his maker in heaven and at peace.
    You are in my prayers.