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John Kevin Hook
John Kevin HookKnights of PythiasJohn Kevin Hook, 66 of Prospect, died Friday August 4, 2023 at his home.

John was born on May 3, 1957, in Columbus, to the late William W. and Kathryn Ann (Speyer) Hook.

John graduated from North Union High School in 1976. He retired from Honda of America, Mfg. after thirty-three years. He was previously employed by Marblecast in Richwood as well as the family business, Richwood Furniture Store.

He enjoyed traveling, having been to forty-eight states, four countries and visited many Great Lakes and Coastal Lighthouses as well as covered bridges. He was an active member of Durwood Knights of Pythias Lodge (since 1976). He was former board member and mentor of Marion Boys and Girls Club. He also was a former Board Member of Richwood Park. He for many decades was active in assisting with the family farming operations.
Upon retirement he became active in assisting the Richwood R.E.A.P. John was often found as a spectator at his Great-Nieces and Cousins sporting and extra-curricular activities. He was always happy to be of assistance to anyone in need.

He is survived by his son, John W. G.(Nikki)  Hook, of Marion; sister-in-law, Theresa Hook of Richwood, special friend, Lisa Mead of Richwood and niece, Lisa (Matt) Brenner of Sunbury and many loved extended family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Michael Lee Hook, David Paul Hook and Larry William Hook; Maternal Grandparents Paul G. and Madonna Speyer, Paternal Grandparents William A. and Clara D. (Hopkins) Hook; and a nephew Bradley D. Hook.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday August 8, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood. Jaime Speyer will officiate. Friends may call two hours prior to the service beginning at 5 pm at the funeral home in Richwood. A Knights of Pythias service will be held immediately after the funeral service. Private family burial will take place in the Price Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richwood R.E.A.P. and or the Richwood Park

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#1 from: Mary And Gil Emde
Stillwater Oklahoma
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 3:34 PM

I am saddened by the news of the passing of Kevin. We were first cousins and I spent many summers on the farm and hanging with my cousins. I went to school with him when I was visiting and was proud to be related to the Hooks and Speyer’s. Kevin always came to weddings and graduations. Family was very important to him. He was always ready to help in any situation. He will be missed.  When I’m in town we always had a bologna sandwich at Waldo. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

#2 from: Orla O Connor
Monaghan, Ireland
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 3:45 PM

Deepest Sympathies to John jnr,Nikki, Lisa and all John's family and friends on his passing. He was a real gentleman and couldn't do enough for me when I was in the US visiting. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

#3 from: The Popovich Family
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 3:46 PM

Deepest sympathies. We enjoyed working with Kevin at Speyer farm and appreciated the help he gave us over the years at our farm.

#4 from: Doug Meyers
Zellwood, FL
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 4:03 PM

I graduated with Kevin and lost touch after graduating.  He was one of the first people to speak to me when I attended our 40th alumni several years ago.  Since that reunion, I have felt more connected to my classmates than I could have imagined.  He will be missed.  

#5 from: Linda and Michael Spohn
Russells Point, Ohio
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 4:04 PM

We are so very sorry for your unexpected loss. We love you and, as always, are here for you in any way you need.

#6 from: Bob & Connie Hill
Nolensville, TN
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 4:28 PM

So sorry for this loss, such a warm, friendly guy. My Mother was a fan of his (neighbors).  Rest in Peace Kevin. Connie Jordan Hill

#7 from: Fred Smith
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 5:50 PM

My sincere condolences to family he was my cousin many fun times together Rest in peace

#8 from: Jeff Webb
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 5:58 PM

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. John will be missed. Wonderful man who loved his family dearly. Sincerely Jeff Webb

#9 from: Rona Penix
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 6:01 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with .So sorry to hear of Kevin's passing.

#10 from: Therese Clerkin
Monaghan Ireland
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 6:18 PM

Sending my condolences to Kevin's Family and Lisa ,Kevin was a lovely and kind man and couldn't do enough for you he will be sorely missed .Rest in peace Kevin til we meet again.

#11 from: Robin enmen
Lancaster ohio
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 6:44 PM

Rest In peace John.you will dearly be missed

#12 from: Judy payne
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 7:25 PM

How sorry I am at the loss of Kevin. He was such a giving person. We met at REAP and I looked forward to our Friday conversations when I was treasurer. Kevin was a steady working presence there.I’m doubly sad not to be able to pay my respects to him by attending his service. My prayer is for comfort and God’s peace for his family. Kevin will be sorely missed.

#13 from: Matt and Carey
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 7:38 PM

My sincere condolences to the family. I wish I had the words to ease the pain and sadness you all feel. Just know that if you need anything just ask. Much love from the Christian family. Matthew and Carey Christian

#14 from: Cena Ladefoged
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 8:30 PM

Kevin was such a very kind man, a true gentleman. I will miss him.

#15 from: Robin  Lenox
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 9:12 PM

So sorry for the loss of Kevin. He was a nice man & always had a story to tell. Prayers to the family. Stuart & Robin Lenox

#16 from: Juli Smith D'Ascendis
New Jersey
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 8:06 AM

Kevin's mom and my mom were first cousins so we spent alot of time together growing up. He was always such a happy kid and as an adult he kept up with family and friends. I am sad at his passing and will remember him fondly. Juli Smith D'Ascendis

#17 from: Carla  and Jim Ryder
Near Athens Ohio
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 8:22 AM

Heart broken to hear about John (Captain Hook) passing. We met Jonn in MSN chat rooms and became great friends. We had many great times with him. He visited us several times over the years. He was a wonderful person with a great heart ❤️. RIP CAPT! LOVE YOU. Condolences to all that loved him. Dancinryders (Carla Ryder)

#18 from: Larry Nibert
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 9:35 AM

So Sorry . Always a good Friend

#19 from: Penny Foreman
Marion, Ohio
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 3:37 PM

It was nice to know Kevin, and we enjoyed talking to one another at fish frys, picnics and lodge gatherings. He was a great guy and friend to my husband and I. We will miss him. Sorry for the family's loss. Prayers

#20 from: Donna Barringer
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 4:31 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great guy in school and neighbors he will sadly miss by all

#21 from: Bobbswihart
Indian lake
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 5:10 PM

Prayers sorry for your loss

#22 from: Nancy pacha & Virg Hoffman
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 5:41 PM

So sorry to hear of Kevin's passing.We spent many year's as neighbors and good friends.He will be so missed by all.God Bless

#23 from: Nancy pacha & Virg Hoffman
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 5:47 PM

Deepest sympathy with Kevin and family.Great family and neighbor for many years.R I.P.Kevin and God Bless !

#24 from: Michele Rhine
Russells Point Ohio
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 8:06 PM

John was a wonderful person. I worked for him at the motorcycle plant, he was jumped in to help when we needed him. He had a great sense of humor and a warm smile to greet you. He made the days at work much happier. I am truly sorry for his family’s loss.

#25 from: Robin Herzog
West Liberty
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 8:29 PM

Kevin was my neighbor just a few doors down growing up in Richwood. His family always helped others in need. Kevin was ornery and very funny. Was a hard worker all his life. He was a co worker at Honda where everyone enjoyed working with him. May be rest in peace with the family members that preceded him. God Bless Kevin and his family. Robin and Dave Herzog

#26 from: Karen Thomas
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 at 7:47 AM

We first met John thru Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marion County where John served as long time Board Member and Volunteer.  We spent many an agency activity together but our best had to be our annual Bowl for Kids Sake when we let our hair down and enjoyed the hoot!  Rest In Peace Dear Friend.  

#27 from: Julie Welsh Wisma
Richwood, OH
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 at 9:23 AM

My sympathies to Kevin's family and friends at this difficult time. I have known Kevin since kindergarten. We'd chat for a minute when our paths crossed at Honda. He went by John at Honda because that's what the company embroidered on his shirts. It confused people when I called him Kevin, and they'd correct me, telling me his name was John! He was also a good neighbor to my aunt. Kevin was always a friendly, nice guy, but I had no idea of all the impressive good works that he did. Thank you for your service to others, Kevin. Rest in peace.

#28 from: Kaye Lyles
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 at 12:40 PM

So sorry to hear the passing of a very nice man. John was my coordinator at Honda, very easy to work with. Praying for his family and friends during this difficult time. Kaye

#29 from: Susan Pfahler
Marion, Ohio 43302
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 at 4:47 PM

I am so sorry for the passing of John.  I met him while working at Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  He was on the board there and a mentor.  Such a kind hearted guy he would do anything for anyone.  RIP John

#30 from: Claudia Fowler
26485 Kinney Pike
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 at 11:47 AM

Kevin was the nicest guy ever to know and work with.  He will be missed, this world lost an angel.

#31 from: Steve Crider
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 at 8:14 PM

Sorry your loss John was a good person and will be really missed

#32 from: Bob and Melissa Werley
Wed, Aug 9, 2023 at 2:56 PM

So sorry to hear of John’s passing.  Prayers for the family.

#33 from: Terry Mccoy
Fri, Aug 11, 2023 at 4:22 PM

Condolences to Kevin's family. Rip Kevin.

#34 from: Joann Brown
Fri, Aug 11, 2023 at 9:14 PM

I was very sorry to hear about Kevin's passing. The family is in my prayers.

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