John Richard Vass Jr.

October 06, 1935 ‒ December 06, 2015

Delaware, Ohio


John Richard Vass Jr., 80, of Delaware, OH passed away early Sunday morning December 6, 2015 at the Arbors at Delaware.

He was born October 6, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio to the late John Richard Vass Sr. and Helen (Duckworth) Vass. He served his country as a member of the United States Navy for 19 years and also worked as a pharmaceutical salesman.

John was a faithful and devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware where he was also a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the AmVets Post #102 in Delaware. He was a member and former commander of the VFW Post #3297 of Delaware and the Delaware Country Veterans Association Honor Guard.

Left to cherish his memory are daughters Jo Rae Vass and Julie (Donnie) Dugan of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren Samuel, Caroline, Jessica (Jeremy) and Jack; five great grandchildren Caelin, Micah, Jordan, Justin and Alison; sisters Wilma Kenyon of Pickerington and Nancy Vass of Marysville; brother Dick Seely of Mt. Vernon; former wife Marty Vass of Tucson, Arizona; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; canine companions Rocky and Fudge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step mother Leona Vass.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Tuesday December 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware, OH with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. The Knights of Columbus will then hold a short ceremony following the mass at the church. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a luncheon in the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Home Community Room, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Kindred at Home Hospice, 540 Officenter Place, Suite 100, Gahanna, OH 43230.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff and caregivers at the Arbors at Delaware and Kindred at Home Hospice for their wonderful care and concern.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • Wilma Kenyon,

    So sorry about Dick, I know he has suffered for a time. Gramma Duck and my dad Bill took care of Dicky when he was little, before my Dad was married and left for the service during WW11. By the way we are close neighbors, I lived in Picktown for 35 years and now Iam in Etna . Hope to hear from you and again I am sorry.

    Shirley Neal