John Lewis Magoto age 78, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 10:43 P.M. on Friday, September 18, 2015 at his residence. John fought a 6 year battle against Wegner’s. John was born December 15, 1936 in Frenchtown to the late Leander & Alma (Bey) Magoto.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, B. Joan (Welker) Magoto whom he married February 24, 1958; sons , Wayne Magoto of Piqua and Bruce Magoto of Versailles; daughters & son-in-law, Sharon Jones of Fletcher, Deb Smith of Greenville and Diana & James Subler of Versailles; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, Kenneth & Diane Magoto of New Bremen and Robert & Diane Magoto of Versailles; sisters & brothers-in-law, Marilyn & Larry Smith of Granville, Myrna & Larry Rue of Versailles and Sarah Magoto of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph Lee Magoto; great-grandson, Matthew Smith; sister, Johanna (Magoto) Brown; brothers-in-law, Gene Brown and Melvin Welker; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bryant and Lorene Welker.
John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict with the 101st Airborne Division. John retired with over 50 years in the trucking industry in which he was known as being one of the best diesel mechanics in the area. John along with his wife owned and operated Rustic Hill Market. John was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. James Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown with Military Honors. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Rita School for the Deaf 1720 Glendale Milford Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45215. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com