John W. Bachelder

January 22, 1936 ‒ November 04, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

John W. Bachelder, age 84, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Magnolia Terrace Assisted Living in Galion, Ohio.

He was born on January 22, 1936, in Mount Gilead, OH to the late Merle D. and Alice V. (Chubb) Bachelder Price. John graduated from Mount Gilead High School where he enjoyed playing on the varsity basketball squad and was later inducted along with his entire team into the MGHS Hall of Fame.

Shortly after high school, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He served his country proudly as a unit stockman until his honorable discharge from military service.

For more than 25 years, John worked as a Gulf Oil Distributor retiring from Gulf Oil at the age of 50. He then enjoyed working and serving as a Gilead Township Trustee for 12 years. In his younger years, John also served as a Mount Gilead Volunteer Fireman.

John was a lifelong member of the Mount Gilead VFW Post 8054, and also a member of Amvets Post 87, and the Moose Lodge 303. He enjoyed doing remodeling and was often called upon as a handyman. With a love of the outdoors, John made many trips to the “lower woods” as he called it to enjoy the wildlife, hunt for mushrooms and squirrel hunt. He enjoyed having a boat for many years and taking his family and friends water skiing. John owned a motorcycle and rode it on several cross country trips. He also enjoyed dancing and taught his daughter how to jitterbug.

He will be dearly missed by his children: Karen (Michael) Kurilec and Sharon (Craig) Hackworth both of Mount Gilead; grandchildren: Brenna (Ryan) Ball, Tanner (Kristen) Kurilec, Joey (his fiancée Chelsea) Hackworth, and Cody Hackworth; siblings: Junior Bachelder, Palestine, TX and Jane (Peter) Gillespie of Las Vegas, NV; and nieces and nephews: Connie Schalinske, Kathylynn (John) St. Pierre, Bill Meeker, Vickie Wilbik.

John was preceded in death by his parents: Merle Bachelder and Alice Price and also a niece: Linda Bachelder Bronson and nephew: Allen Bachelder.

A graveside celebration of John’s life will be held for family and friends on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 11am at Rivercliff Cemetery. Pastor Stephan Bloomfield will officiate with military honors to follow.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Mount Gilead VFW Post 8054.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve John’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • My condolences on the passing of your dad, Sharon. He was a great guy and will be missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

  • Sharon and family so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is never easy. I send you all love and prayers to hopefully ease some of the pain.

  • Dear Karen, Michael, Brenna, Ryan, Tanner, Kristen, and families. My sympathy is with you all in the loss of your dear father, and grandfather. I know he will be very much missed. May your wonderful memories of your times with him bring you comfort. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Sharon, Karen, and family so very sorry for your loss. Never easy but share your memories often to get through this difficult time. HUGS and Prayers.

  • I have know John for many years. He bought me my first drink at the VFW. He was always joking with me but I knew if I ever needed anything I am positive he would have been there. He was a true friend and I will miss his playful sarcasm. Sending my deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Dear Sharon and family , were so very sorry on the loss of your dad Prayers for the wonderful memories to comfort you. I so enjoyed his visits to the office 😊. You were truly blessed ❤️ Love Jerry and Karen Webb

  • Sharon & Karen,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to the love and goodness he gave you. Loosing a parent is hard, but he lives on in you and your children.
    Hugs & prayers

  • We have so many good memories of your dad at the restaurant! Lean into all the memories you have to comfort you.

  • I am proud to have been one of John’s many friends long ago. My condolences to all of his family. I hope John becomes a starter on God’s basketball team.

  • Sharon & Karen,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Sympathy and prayers to your families.

  • Hello Karen and Mike, We are so sorry for your loss. Although we had not meet John we had heard enough stories about him to know that he was truly loved by his entire family.
    I know he is now in a better place and will always be looking down on his loved family!
    Our prayers with will you.

    Love Derek and Carol

  • Sharon and family, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Just wanted to tell you what a beautiful obituary you wrote. I didnt personally know your father but after reading about him I felt like I knew him. It is beautifully wrote ladies. You all are in our thoughts.
    From Kathy and Scott Stockham

  • Karen, Shaton, and family,

    Sorry for your loss. May John rest in peace. He was such a kind person with a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone.

  • Karen, Sharon and family,

    Sorry for your loss. May John rest in peace. He was such a kind person with a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone.

  • Karen, Sharon and families,
    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Your dad was a very kind person and I have fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.