2007-09-29 / Obituaries

John Joseph Stovcik

A funeral service for John Joseph Stovcik, 19, of Thornville, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 55 N. Fifth St., Newark, with the Rev. Barbara Sholis and the Rev. Charles Rader officiating. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens.

John went home with our Lord on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. He was born May 26, 1988, in Newark, to Drs. Kenneth and Joy (Bebout) Stovcik, of Thornville.

As a youth, John was active in Little League baseball and Boy Scouts. He attended Lakewood High School and graduated at age 17. John attended Central Ohio Technical College. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was active in the church choir, youth group and as an acolyte. Recently, he was employed by Telecom Products Corp. He traveled extensively with his family on many vacations and enjoyed cooking and playing the guitar. John especially enjoyed spending time with his many friends. John always has been a loving, compassionate person. He never wavered in his desire to help others.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by paternal grandmother, Irene Stovcik, of Middleburg Heights; maternal grandmother, Ivadel Bebout, of Harbor Hills; aunts and uncles, John Bebout, of Harbor Hills, Wayne (Sue) Stovcik, of Strongsville, and Debbie (Bob) Hill, of Brooklyn Heights; cousins, Hayley Stovcik, Tim Hill, Colleen Hill and Julie (Will) Reynolds; and many friends and neighbors. John also is survived by his faithful dogs, Tookie and Hercules.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Casper Stovcik; maternal grandfather, John Bebout; great-grandmother, Flossie Feurriegel; great-aunt, Tula (Bebout) Andrews; and his life-long companion, Bingo.

The family requests memorial contributions in John's memory to First United Methodist Church, 55 N. Fifth St., Newark, OH 43055, or National Kidney Foundation, 1373 Grandview Ave., Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43212. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Additional information and guest book are available at www. vocfh.com.

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