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John Ross Laughlin

John Ross Laughlin, age 94, of Jewett died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Sunnyslope Nursing Home, Bowerston.

Born Jan. 11, 1920, in Archer Twp, Harrison County, he was a son of the late Albert J. Laughlin and Clara M. (Baker) Laughlin.

His family moved to a farm near Scio in 1923. John attended New Rumley School for eight years and graduated from Scio High School in 1937. Then he attended The Ohio State University and was a member of the R.O.T.C. military training.

Besides being a farmer all his life, John worked at the Scio Pottery Company as a chemist, Cadiz Mining as a weigh scales person and truck foreman, and the Bureau of Mines where he was a foreman and instructor of First Aid licenses. He was a heavy equipment operator for numerous coal mines and highway construction companies.

After working for 50 years John retired, and he and wife Jean enjoyed traveling with tour groups across the U.S. and many foreign countries.

He was a member of Arbutus #288, where he was a past patron, Scio F and AM Lodge #587, 32nd degree member of Steubenville Scottish Rite Lodge, Harrison County Farm Bureau, Scio Civic Club, Jewett United Methodist Church and the former Scio Chapter #316 Order of Eastern Star.

He is survived by two stepdaughters, Connie Jean Ager of Plano, TX, and Karen Sue Hardwick of Youngstown; a step grandson, Adam Hardwick of Columbus; nieces, Linda L. Laughlin of Scio, and Julie Laughlin of Heath; and many great nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Mary Jean (Porter) Ager Laughlin; two brothers, Albert Ward Laughlin of Scio, and Judge Neil M. Laughlin of Newark; and a sister, Mary Janet McGinnis of Mt. Vernon.

John's final wishes were to have private services conducted by Rev. David Lee. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Koch Funeral Home in Scio has been entrusted with his arrangements.