John Upton Moorhead, age 78 of Okeana, passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, April 9, 2021. John was born in Hamilton, Ohio on May 6, 1942 to John Clinton and Helen Pauline Moorhead. He was a 1960 graduate of Reily School. John went on to serve in the United States Air Force, stationed in Turkey and Niagara Falls, NY. On December 17, 1966, he married the love of his life, Patsy Truster. John worked at Dale’s Texaco Station, Armco Steel, Roundtree Heating & Cooling, self-employed with Moorhead Heating & Air, GE as a lab technician, Schroeder Manor as a maintenance director and then retired as a 5th generation farmer. John enjoyed tractor pulls, boating and displaying his antique tractors at farm machinery shows. He thoroughly enjoyed working on his family farm, teaching his grandkids the skills of his many trades and camping with his family.
John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patsy Moorhead; his children, Jennifer (Ryan) Tussey, Sonia (Clayton) Lightfield, Jane Zaenkert and John (Maria) Moorhead II; his grandchildren, Joshua, Rachel and Shelby Tussey, Jesse and Kayla Lightfield, Trevor, Olivia, Michael and David Zaenkert, and Leah and John “Johnny” Moorhead III; his sister, Doris Lincks; and his many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved dog, Ginger.
Visitation will be held at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave, Hamilton, Ohio, on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Funeral Service to follow at 6:00 PM. Memorial contributions that would be the most meaningful to John could be made to either Reily Township Fire and EMS Department, American Cancer Society for bone cancer research or to the Paralyzed Veterans.
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