The Rev. John R. Sgro

September 03, 1940 ‒ July 25, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: The source of strength for a shepherding pastor – 40 years in ministry – was the same power that called a steel mill supervisor to “Follow Me”: the infallible Word of God. The Rev. John Sgro’s Christian ministry was characterized by service to his flock. He selflessly attended to their needs, mentored other pastors, bore other’s burdens, and relied solely on the Gospel to speak through him to serve with integrity and authenticity.

John’s faith became sight Thursday, July 25, 2019 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 78.

Born September 3, 1940 in Cleveland to Angelo and Christina (Fina) Sgro, he was graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in 1958. He was working as a supervisor at a steel mill, when the Lord called him into the ministry. He earned his degree in Ministerial Studies from Mt Vernon Nazarene University, and was ordained an elder with the Nazarene Church. He served locational ministries in Lexington, Cleveland, Mooresville, NC, and retired from Ravenna, KY, before returning to serve the Lexington congregation. He came out of retirement a second time to serve the Lexington Church.

A competitive basketball player, John was renown for his hook shot, and enjoyed running. He was recently honored as the area’s longest living Type 1 survivor at a Diabetes Association 5K run. He enjoyed boating and water activities, and his garden produced a bounty of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other summer vegetables which he shared with everyone.

Of his varied interests, none usurped his family. He focused on his daughters and their families. He will be remembered for his ornery sense of humor – always tempered with kindness and his gentle spirit. Never judgmental, John loved unconditionally,

He is survived by his wife Shirley (Hager) Sgro, whom he married August 11, 1962; their daughters Stacy McKay (Jeff Kallas), Terrie (Kirt) Perdue, and Lori (Randall) Casto; grandchildren Tyler Johnson, Abbie Sgro, Isabel Casto, Olivia Kallas, and Maria Casto; a brother Thomas Sgro and numerous nieces and nephews.

His sister Gloria DiSanto is deceased.

The Sgro family will receive friends Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Dr. Nelson Perdue and Pastor Scott Maglott will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Diabetes Association may be made at the funeral home.

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  • So sorry for your loss. Rev Sgro was a wonderful person and will be missed. ((HUGS))) and prayers to the family… you have a lot of wonderful precious memories.

  • Stacy and family. so sorry to hear of this dynamic Dad you were fortunate to have. Keep those beautiful memories close to your heart.

  • There aren’t enough adjectives to define Reverend John Sgro. He put others before himself and was always there for anyone who needed him. He was a true example of what Christianity is about. May God be with Shirley and her girls during this difficult time of loss. We can all take comfort in knowing he is in a much better place and we will see his precious smile one day soon. Please recall the song: “No More Night”.
    It expresses my feelings today. No more night, no more pain, no more tears, no more crying again.
    Good bye my dear friend.

  • Shirley you and John have always been an explainary example of Christ. We will miss him but we rejoice knowing some day we will see him again. Love and prayers
    John and Susan Wildman

  • Stacy and family…my sincere condolences to you and your family….one more Angel joined their Heavenly Father!!…may the Peace and His comfort be yours in the days ahead and find strength through your Heavenly Father….God Bless you and your family Stacy.

    Janet Brailer Levings

  • John was a great human being, a gentle yet fun and funny guy to be around. While I’m happy for him, I’m sad for you, Shirley and the rest of the family. He will be sorely missed. I love Him! Rich

  • Stacy and family, may you feel Gods comfort and his loving arms wrapped around you at this time. May you be filled with peace knowing your dad is resting in the arms of Jesus!

  • Stacy and Family,
    I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Lori & Family. Our condolences on the loss of your dad. I’m sure he will be greatly missed but isn’t it wonderful to have the Blessed Assurance that he is with his Heavenly Father & that you will see him again?

  • Lori & Family. Our condolences on the loss of your dad. I’m sure he will be greatly missed but isn’t it wonderful to have the Blessed Assurance that he is with his Heavenly Father & that you will see him again?

  • May the Holy Spirit surround you in this time of grieving. Loved his love for others and his passion to serve.
    TJ & Gloria McNew

  • Our hearts are saddened by the passing of our dear friend John. At the same time we rejoice that he is in the presence of God almighty. John was was such a kind man and a lot of fun. He will be missed. Shirley be assured of our prayers for you and your family. Heaven gains a true saint.

    George and Linda Gribben

  • Shirley, we are so sorry for your loss. John was such a humble, funny and caring person. We cherish all the memories of pastoring together when we were in Mansfield and you guys in Lexington. Love you.

  • Shirley, Linda and I are praying for you and your family. John was such a wonderful friend, an exemplary man of God who loved being a servant of Christ. I will miss his smile and his delightful demeanor. He was so comfortable to be with. May the Lord bless you and yours as you receive his comfort and healing. Ken and Linda Miller.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m sorry to read this, Sorry for you’re loss. He was a very nice name i’ve known since i was little at Nazarene church in lexington ohio. Prayers for you and the family

  • My heartfelt sympathy to the family. Pastor Sgro was a wonderful keeper of his church family. Loving, caring of our needs, visiting in the hospital , ER, and many home visits . A Pastor who will never be forgotten, and loved by many. He will be greatly missed. My love and prayers to Shirley and the family.

  • John was a compassionate and strong leader. I remember, the first sermon I preached while in college, was at John’s Church. My long legal sized notes blew off of the podium and I disappeared for about a minute as I excused myself to find my notes! John was such an encourager and supporter. Our hearts are saddened…but… now he dances and is hearing well done…well done. To Shirley and all of the family prayers are continually being sent on your behalf.