John Stephen Yarman “Santa”

May 19, 1945 ‒ September 27, 2012

Mount Vernon, Ohio

John Stephen Yarman “Santa” 67, of Mount Vernon, Oh went to be with his Lord on 9/27/2012following a courageous battle with illness. He was born in Mount Vernon on May 19, 1945 to H. Wayne and Ruth A. (Breckler) Yarman and spent his childhood and young adult life in Amity, Oh along with siblings Paul, Ron, Eva and Miles and numerous cousins and friends. That is also where he met the love of his life, Patty (Dunham) Yarman, who he married on July 2, 1967.

Following his high school graduation in1963, Steve was employed 12 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPGIndustries). He was then hired as one of the first employees at Kelsey Hayes, working as a foreman (getting his tires slashed and receiving threatening phone calls during a strike) and later serving as a union steward and president. He also worked for Cooper Energy Services and later the Ohio Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) as a machinist in Jacksontown, Oh.

Steve transferred to KnoxCountyin 1997 to work as a HWYworker 3. While employed by ODOT he taught QSTP classes and served as union steward and president. He retired in 2005 with 20 years of state service.

For 15 years love for his Lord shown through while singing bass with “The Layman Singers” and during choir at Amity UMC. And later, with joy in his heart, sang in the choir and taught bible study at Mulberry Street UMC.

Steve coached football and baseball when his sons were little and won numerous awards while serving as president of the Mt Vernon Lions club. However the greatest passion of his life was his 20 year Christian portrayal as the Mount Vernon”Santa Claus”. He brought joy, hope and love to so many, both young and young at heart.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patty (Dunham) Yarman of Mount Vernon, a son Dwayne of Howard, a son John Scott (Toni) of Danville and a daughter Karen (Lee) Luebke of Mount Vernon. Also surviving are his brothers Paul (Ann) Yarman of Bellville, Ron (Rita) Yarman of Howard and a sister Eva Yarman of Amity. He is also survived by his beautiful and talented grandchildren, Haleigh, Austin, Nathan, Jacin, Loren Jessie, Taylor and Mashawn. And by “Farina” Patty’s guide dog. There are much loved nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends too numerous to mention.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Wilma Saunders, a nephew Troy Yarman, a sister-in-law Barbara (Hively) Yarman, his parents H.Wayne and Ruth A, Yarman, his younger brother Miles Yarman and retired guide dog, “Roosevelt.”

The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Amity United Methodist Church, 16659 Wooster Rd., Mount Vernon with Revs. Rodney Buchanan and Warren Outhwaite officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Interchurch Social Services, P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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