John S. Brinkerhoff

August 16, 1944 ‒ November 23, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

John Scott Brinkerhoff, age 76, of Delaware, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, November 23, 2020 after a brief illness.

John was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944, to the late H. Wayne and Elizabeth (Turner) Brinkerhoff.  He attended Upson Elementary School in Euclid before his family moved to Newbury, Ohio.  After graduating from Newbury High School in 1962, he went to Ohio University to study journalism.  In his junior year, he was the recipient of a William Randolph Hearst National Journalism Award for his eyewitness account of an October 1965 mining disaster in Sardis, West Virginia.

After graduating from OU in 1966, he was employed as a humor writer by American Greetings Corporation in Cleveland, where he met Georgeanne (Jan) Huber Sizer, whom he married in 1968.  He teamed up with AG artist Bob Campbell to create a Viking-themed comic strip called “Norse by Norsewest,” which was nationally distributed for two years by the McNaught Syndicate of New York City.

From AG, John went to Carr Liggett Advertising in Cleveland as a copywriter before joining Lord, Sullivan & Yoder, Inc. Advertising in Marion, Ohio in 1970, where he remained as a copywriter, creative director, and company officer until 2002.  John also continued to write and have published works of poetry and fiction.  His first collection of poetry, All in Time, was nominated for the national Lamont Poetry Prize.

He felt fortunate to have been able to travel extensively, but his favorite place to visit was the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he and his ever-extending family vacationed regularly for nearly 50 years.

He was a Vestry member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Delaware, Ohio, and a supporter of People in Need, Inc. of Delaware County, the Humane Society of Delaware County, The Nature Conservancy, Ohio University, cancer research, and veterans’ assistance. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Georgeanne (Huber-Sizer) Brinkerhoff, and three children, Louis (Debra) Sizer, Jennifer (Michael) Kindinger, and Brian (Erica) Brinkerhoff; and his grandchildren that fondly referred to him as “Grumpy:” Eileen (Ken) Knesh, Ryan (Kristy) Kindinger, Dylan Kindinger, Lily Brinkerhoff and Sophie Brinkerhoff; and great-granddaughter, Abigail Knesh.  John is also survived by his siblings, Karen (David) Warnock and Jeffrey Brinkerhoff.

The family is planning a private memorial service for John.  He will be interred at St. Peter’s Episcopal Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in John’s name be made to People in Need, 138 Johnson Dr., Delaware, OH, 43015, or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH, 43015.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

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  • Jan,

    So sorry for your loss. I am praying that God grant you so many memories of John to fill your heart with joy each and every day. We knew each other as I worked at HPM for many years.

    Judy (Rogers) DeIuliis

  • My deepest condolences to your family. May his memory live inside your hearts and provide joy when his absence is felt.

  • Jan and Brian,

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I have the fondest memories of all of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Candee Harden Irwin

  • To Brian and family

    We’re so sorry for your loss. We’ll keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all

  • G’Anne, Brian, Louis, Jenny and families,
    We’re deeply saddened to learn of John’s passing. From HPM days in ‘80, to when our young son found “the land of my dreams” on a Red River ski lift with you, through so many other wonderful adventures, John has been a special member of our family; cherished memories. We pray that John and you all are comforted through God’s loving care. Prayers and love coming your way.
    Pete and Diana

  • We share your sorrow on the loss of your Dad, Brian, and Sophie’s Grandfather. He has crossed the river, and can rest in the shade. Sending you warm thoughts and prayers from the Colonel, my family, and the rest of your Missouri River Brothers.

  • So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jan & Brian,

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He introduced me to so many wonderful books, musicians and movies. I am truly grateful for the time I was able to spend with him.

    With deepest sympathy,


  • Jan, Brian, and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of John while Jeff and Brian were in school. May the Lord bring you peace a comfort at this time.

  • Jan,  I think of you often and hope you know what a great influence you had on me.  I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing.  Remember the time that you talked me into dressing up as a clown for his birthday party.  I still remember John picking you up from work and you telling him how much money you saved him when you went shopping at Elder Beerman on your lunch hour.  Those were good times.  My heart goes out to you because I know how much you loved him. 

  • John was a treat to work with. I am so sorry. Sending you peace and hugs.
    Michele Cuthbert
    Baker Creative

  • Jan, Brian and the whole Brinkerhoff Family,
    My deepest condolences to your family. John was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed talking with him, usually about travel or rock n roll. The Brinkerhoff family “Be the ball tournament” was always a highlight of the year. I will remember him fondly.

  • My sincere condolences to the family in learning of John’s passing. I worked with John at LSY and he became someone I held close to my heart. Praying for God’s Grace and Comfort at this time of grief.