John C. Stiver 1926-2019
NILES — John C. Stiver, 92, of Niles, passed away at 5:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at Hospice House.
John was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Youngstown, the son of the late Charles H. and Neva Stewart Stiver.
He was a 1944 graduate of Howland High School. Following high school, John proudly served our country in the United States Army. A World War II veteran, he was stationed in the Philippines and Germany.
John partnered with his three brothers to own and operate their father’s family business, C.H. Stiver Chevrolet, a staple of the Niles community since 1932. John also owned a Chevrolet dealership in Paulding for many years. While residing in South Carolina, John ventured into the pest control industry, operating the company for numerous years.
Mr. Stiver was an 18-year volunteer fireman for the Howland Fire Department, achieving the rank of captain at the time of his retirement. John was a member of Howland Community Church or Old Fort Baptist Church when he resided in South Carolina.
He enjoyed the outdoors; you could find him at his favorite fishing spot or at the beach with his feet in the sand. He enjoyed a good round of golf or appreciating and maintaining his flower gardens.
He is survived by a son, the Rev. Thomas (Tina) Stiver of Brookfield; two daughters, Margaret (Jack) Beard of Urbana and Betty (Dave) Harness of Niles; three brothers, Charles S. Stiver of Cortland, Thomas O. (Sheila) Stiver of Cortland and Earl M. (Beatrice) Stiver of Girard; eight grandchildren, Brian, Tim, John, Jeff, Josh, Maribeth, Jonathan and Jillian; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Martha Diehl Stiver; a sister-in-law, Elma Stiver.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences by visiting www.NicholasFuneralHome.com
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 in the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 614 Warren Ave., Niles, OH 44446. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Stiver.