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John F. Oates
John F. OatesRichwood FairJohn F. Oates, 76 of the Byhalia area, died peacefully Wednesday May 18, 2022 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He had fought cancer for 5 years.

He was born December 17, 1945 in Kenton to the late Arhl Sr. and Gail (Robinson) Oates. John graduated from the first class of the Ridgemont Golden Gophers, in 1964. He then married his high school sweetheart in Michigan, the former Sherry (Phelps) on November 26, 1966 and she passed April 17, 2002.

John was raised on the farm and continued farming all of his life, only to retire two years ago due to failing health. He passed the love of farming onto his grandson who continues that family farming tradition. Most recently he became a great grandfather in March to baby Axell and he lit up with a smile when he saw him.

John was a York Township Trustee from 1978-2005. He was also a 25-year member of the Richwood Fair Board, this made him an Honorary Fair Board Member. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren in all their activities, from fair projects to their many school activities. He and Sherry spent some winters camping in Texas, Arizona and Florida. He then spent the last winters in North Ft. Myers, enjoying the sun and sharing his love of strawberries with his friends there.

He and Sherry raised two children, Traci Hoffman and Tim Oates, both of West Mansfield, grandchildren: Tate (Kelby) Hoffman, Thane (Lissie) Hoffman, Lexie, Jackie & Hayden Oates, great grandson, Axell Hoffman
Friend, Jane Grose
Brother, Arhl Jr (Betty) Oates and 3 nieces and 1 nephew and many dear friends.
John and family enjoyed the 3 foreign exchange students whom they kept in contact with, Salome, Karen and Marc.

Private graveside services will be held at the York Cemetery, Pastor April Phillips will officiate.

John wanted a “party”… so to celebrate his life, we will be doing just that. A hog roast will be provided at the Richwood Fairgrounds Secretary’s office on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 3-6 pm. You are invited to bring a side dish and lots of stories to share.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richwood Independent Fair, Po Box 71 Richwood, Ohio 43344

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.


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#1 from: Larry Nibert
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 12:22 PM

So Sorry for your loss



#2 from: Brook Lowe
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 12:55 PM

I so sorry to hear this news you all !He is one ornery fella. God sure does have his hands full now. With him and Dad up there.❤️



#3 from: Doug Beeney
Genoa wv
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 1:06 PM

So sorry for your loss



#4 from: Larry & Gert Anderson
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 1:43 PM

Traci,
Sorry to hear of your Father’s passing.  Prayers for you and family during this difficult time !!



#5 from: Kenyon and Beth
Wyoming
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 3:09 PM

Traci and Tim,
We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad.  He was a fantastic Man, and I always remember him with a smile…. Even when we were pranking each other in our teenage years.
GOD Bless your Family,
Kenyon and Beth



#6 from: Rona Penix
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 3:42 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you!He was a very nice man.He will be missed.



#7 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 4:13 PM

Our love,sympathy and prayers to all. He was a good man,who loved a good prank or joke.He was a staple at the fair always wanting to taste the pies and cakes for judging ! He will be missed but leaves behind many memories !



#8 from: Valerie Mabrey
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 4:17 PM

Traci and Tim,
I am so sorry. John was one of my favorite grown ups while I was growing up.  He could laugh, act silly, pull great pranks and still be so tender. I loved hearing your parents and mine laughing playing cards and who could forget all the pizza and pop. You are both in my prayers along with all the family. As you know, parents can go before us but they are never truly gone. They show up in our memories, our thoughts and yes even in our mirrors. Love you.



#9 from: Sue Harmon
West Mansfield
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 5:03 PM

John you were just a much as a family member as we're the brothers and sister that I had I always knew you would show up every time our family got together  there will always be a empty place in our lives Thank you for the many many memories you gave us over the years



#10 from: Peggy Gray
Marysville
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 5:18 PM

Traci, Tim & Jane
Our deepest condolences to you all in the loss of John. I have some wonderful memories of John and Sherry  at husband's party's in our Mothers Club days.



#11 from: Todd / Terri Hamilton
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 5:45 PM

Our hearts are sad, John was one of a kind, never knew a stranger. Most of all a good friend.



#12 from: Cheryl Cooley
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 5:59 PM

    Please know your family and Jane have my heart and my thoughts during this challenging time of grief.  Your personal loss is great and Byhalia has lost a faithful community man.  John's quirky humor and heart for family and friends will be missed by so many.  Prayers for all of you!  



#13 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:02 PM

My sincere sympathy to the Oates family.  I always thought of Sherry and John as good neighbors as well as good friends.  Cherish the great memories.



#14 from: Tammy Allman
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:16 PM

Traci, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.



#15 from: Randy & Barb Sullivan
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:22 PM

To the Oates family, we send our deepest sympathy. We have a lot of memories of John as a neighbor, fairboard member and friend. He was always good for a laugh and we always had a good time when we were together. There are many stories we could tell. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and for the days ahead. Randy and Barb



#16 from: Angela (Davis) Phipps
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:23 PM

Traci and Tim , Jane and family so sorry to hear the passing of John what a great guy Traci and Tim can always remember visiting with Paul and just might be midnight and your mom and dad and us decide to go on a little trip they would get you kids up we went home packed few things came back and away we all would go never quite knew where we would go or end up but we were going somewhere oh fun times....your dad will be so missed...RIP my dear ole friend love you



#17 from: Ron Storer
Mogadore  Ohio
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:37 PM

Tracy and Tim
Your dad and I were good friends while on the fair board we had a lot of very fond memories one comes to mind when the fair board bought the land where the office now stnds was a huge soccer ball soccer field aged with golf carts need I say more or on the motor cross track wit golf carts many fun and good times we spent together Lo Ed your dad like a brother !!! John until we see each other again 9n that big soccer field in the sky my friend lov you and will miss you much 😢 💔!!!!!



#18 from: Ken and Deb Farrington
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:39 PM

Oates family, so sorry to hear of John's passing. You always knew when you ran into him you were going to have a laugh. He was one ornery guy! The couple years I helped him farm there was never a dull moment, but I have great memories! Ken and Deb Farrington



#19 from: Ron Storer
Mogadore  Ohio
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:43 PM

Tracy and Tim so very sorry for your loss. We were very good friends thru many a Years had many good times together your dad will be sadly missed by me and many others John until we see each other again in the fairgrounds in the sky love you like a brother ❤ 💙!!!



#20 from: Pat and Mike Hamilton
RICHWOOD
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 6:59 PM

So sorry to hear this Traci.
We are thinking of you all. Deepest sympathy.



#21 from: Nancy Shuster
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 8:30 PM

Traci, iam so sorry for your loss, my greatest smpathy and prayers are with you and your family.I know how much he will be missed. love Nancy.



#22 from: Jennifer Furer
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 8:46 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.  I remember the years calling him Scrubby.  He was ornery and always fun to chat with. The comfort comes from he is healed and with your mom again.  Prayers, love and hugs. Jennifer and family



#23 from: Norma Nauman
Richwood
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 9:27 PM

So sorry for your loss.  John was a special person and it was a honor to have known him.  My thoughts and prayers are with all if you.

Norma



#24 from: Valerie Mabrey
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 9:59 PM

Traci and Tim,
I am so sorry. John was one of my favorite grown ups while I was growing up.  He could laugh, act silly, pull great pranks and still be so tender. I loved hearing your parents and mine laughing playing cards and who could forget all the pizza and pop. You are both in my prayers along with all the family. As you know, parents can go before us but they are never truly gone. They show up in our memories, our thoughts and yes even in our mirrors. Love you.



#25 from: Jenn Jones
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 10:45 PM

My sincere sympathy to all of you. There are just not enough words to describe what an amazing person John was.  It's time for him to get Gma Martha are riled up now.



#26 from: Carola McMahan
 
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 10:48 PM

Oh Traci, I am so sorry for your loss, we were just talking Wed. morning.  My heart goes out to you and your brother.



#27 from: Myron Perry
League City, Texas
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 11:54 PM

My deepest condolences to John's family. John was a very great man, we enjoyed good times as classmates.  May he rest in peace.

Myron Perry



#28 from: Darla Shaw
Mt victory
Fri, May 20, 2022 at 11:44 AM

So sorry for your loss. John was a good man always a good customer to  talk to when he came to the Mt victory state bank he sure will be missed . Rest In Peace Mr Beautiful.



#29 from: Brenda Fout
West Mansfieldest mans
Fri, May 20, 2022 at 2:46 PM

So sorry for your loss my husband and I have been his neighbors for 32 years he was a great neighbor



#30 from: Karen Thompson
Logan, Ohio
Fri, May 20, 2022 at 3:13 PM

Dear Traci and family please accept my condolences in the passing of your father, so very sorry to hear. Hold tight and cherish the wonderful memories! Keeping you and entire family in prayer! Sincerely, Karen Thompson



#31 from: Zac McCullough
Mount Victory
Fri, May 20, 2022 at 5:14 PM

 Traci, So sorry for your loss, our condolences are with you and your family.



#32 from: Judy Beery
 
Fri, May 20, 2022 at 9:25 PM

Thinking of you Traci. I know you miss him dearly. Hugs to you and your family.



#33 from: Marc Schiltz
Brussels, Belgium
Sat, May 21, 2022 at 5:22 AM

Dear Trace and Tim,
Our sincerest condolences to you and your families. May our friendship and memories ease you through this difficult time. We will unfortunately unable to share and celebrate at the hog roast later today but we will definitely organize another party, one day I'll be back in Ohio.
Love and hugs from Brussels,
Marc & Sonia, Manou, Emile, Louis



#34 from: johna nibert
 
Sat, May 21, 2022 at 10:05 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss . My sympathy is with you
.           Johna Nibert






#35 from: Ted Betty Troesch
 
Sat, May 21, 2022 at 1:03 PM

Prayers for you and your family. Sorry for your loss!






#36 from: Nancy Wiley
Richwood
Sat, May 21, 2022 at 2:32 PM

John was one of a kind. Always had a great sense of humor. Ornery as all get out. But would do anything for anybody. He will be greatly missed. May God give you all strength at this difficult time. Sending prayers to all the family and Jane



#37 from: Harley and Charlene Jolliff
Richwood
Sun, May 22, 2022 at 9:27 AM

Traci,
Our deepest sympathy.



#38 from: Sam J. Foos
Marysville
Mon, May 23, 2022 at 10:44 AM

To the Oates Family
So sorry for your loss, words don't seem to lessen the pain of loosing someone we care about but know you are in my prayers for comfort and undrstanding.



#39 from: Debbie Lawyer
Cleveland
Wed, May 25, 2022 at 7:58 PM

Traci, deepest sympathies on your loss.



#40 from: Mary  Howell
Marion
Mon, May 30, 2022 at 9:35 PM

Traci,I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing.  Sending my deepest sympathy and keeping you and your family in prayer.  Love, Mary Howell




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