YOUNGSTOWN John E. Bokesch, 99, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Omni Manor Care Center.
Born Feb. 20, 1913, in Homestead, Pa., he was the son of John and Rose (Kast) Bokesch.
John retired from Youngstown Steel Door in 1975 after 41 years of service. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Youngstown Saxon Club, where he was Man of the Year in 1983, Youngstown Saxon Retirees, and was a former member of the Concordia Chorus and church choir. He designed and built 10 homes, including his own. He loved working with wood and made cabinets and various pieces of furniture.
Survivors include his children, Jack (Nancy) Bokesch of Columbus, Claudia (Warren) Bair of Boardman, and David (Donna) Bokesch of Augusta, Ga. He was a fun-loving grandfather to his seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Troll of Youngstown and Elizabeth Holmes of Farrel, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Katherine (Pfingstaff) on Dec. 14, 1984; brothers Frank, Henry, Michael, and David Bokesch; and sisters Rose Schindler and Katherine Ragan.
Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the Zion Lutheran Church, where services will begin at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to either the Zion Lutheran Church or the Youngstown Saxon Club.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.