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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 to send condolences.

Guestbook Entries

“Claudia, So sorry to hear about your father, and we just heard about Warren. We've been out of town for a month, We will keep you in our prayers. God bless you and your family.”

 » Bruce and Debbiie Brungard on November 18, 2012

“Jack, Claudia and David and family: I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bokesch. Your dad gave the neighborhood so many funny memories on the back porch of our house with the coffee and donuts crew after dark, playing kick the can and red light green light. My prayers are with all of you. I know you will hold his memory in your hearts. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Love Sharyn”

 » Sharyn Hartzell on November 19, 2012

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