Foster “Big John” Dials Jr.

October 22, 1943 - July 24, 2020

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Foster (Big John) Dials Jr., 76, of Plymouth, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Stein Hospice Medical Center in Sandusky.

Big John and his loving wife, Joy of 35 years, attended the Willard Church of God where he faithfully served as an Elder and in bus ministry. He loved God and loved serving and helping others. He enjoyed umpiring little league baseball and loved cheering the Buckeyes on to victory (OH-IO). He enjoyed the open road as a professional driver logging over five million miles during his fifty year career with Dutchmaid Logistics.

He was a wonderful Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather who loved and cared for his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Foster Sr. and Eileen Dials, his loving wife, Joy, his brothers Bill and Tim, sisters Carol and Linda, his sons Tommy and David, his granddaughter Joy and his great grandson Jarrod. He is survived by eight children, Tresia, Linda, Bobby, Johnny, Terri, Lori, Gordon and Foster III, 17 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

After a private funeral, Big John will be laid to rest at Mansfield Memorial Park in Ontario, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Willard Church of God. Online condolences can be left for the family at


- Sep 5, 2020
I miss you and love you and will remember you till the day I die
Sheri lykins - Aug 4, 2020
Terri girl I am so sorry. I love u and miss u..u and your family r definantly in my thoughts and prayers! I promise you♥️I remember ur mom and dad.. They both were awesome! Get in touch with me sometime..if u need anything please let me know if I can help. So sorry
Keith Cellar - Jul 27, 2020
The Lord did not create a better person/friend than John. His stories about his faith and the walk he took with Him were always present. The kindness that flowed from his heart effected so many. The many laughs that we had at the coffee shop. The many breakfasts that we shared together. The basketball games we went to. I remember one playoff basketball game in Mansfield and it was a beautiful warm winter night. There were four of us that went in his truck, John bought us pizza, and we ate it on his tailgate after the game. I loved his stories about being a bouncer in his younger days. I will miss sitting on his front porch watching the parades, how everyone came up to him to shake his big hands. I saw how tired he was after he came home after a long truck run. We still laughed many weeks ago about how we sent flowers to a friend’s wife on her birthday and how our friend got the credit. We laughed at the time Gene got a Jeff Gordon pop machine. John gave money to help buy tires for a good friend. John always “donated” to the 50/50 tickets at the games, and he finally won once during all those years (I think he donated back the winnings to the Scholarship fund). When umpiring first base at a little league game, John would call time out to pat the back of a very small player and tell him some pointers of what he should have done (a coach umpire)! However, it was his attitude toward life that was his trademark. He always spoke of the Lord in every conversation. I will dearly miss John but someday, we will laugh together again soon.
Rev. Rhonda Holbrook - Jul 27, 2020
So sad for us left behind! But what a glorious reunion in Heaven for Big John! I’m sure as soon as he crossed over he heard, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.# He was a fine example of courage and integrity! Your church family will miss you terribly! I’m sitting here today thinking of the kids you drove to church and when you wanted to take a step back. We drove the church van for a few years and those kids truly loved you. I will never forget the Sunday we announced we were grandparents again and after the church bus run to take every one home we were headed to Toledo. You told us no way after church is out you kids go see that grand baby, I will take the kids home. The numerous youth trips to Winterfest in Knoxville, Tennessee....where you knew everything about the fuel stations, restaurants and shopping at every mile marker. I could always count on you to support me to get Rich to stop at Cracker Barrel. Boy, how did you love a good smorgasbord in Tennessee too, especially your Catfish! You were such an incredible blessing to everyone, even these last few months when you were in the nursing home, you were always thinking of others. You called us very often checking up on Rich, my mother and how I was doing after the passing of my mother. This is not goodbye, but see you later Big John. Ten four good buddy. Thoughts and prayers for all his kids as they lay him to rest today.
Kenneth Edgeson - Jul 26, 2020
Big John was one of the nicest and kindest man I ever met! Will never forget the encouragement and guidance , laughter and smiles he used to show each and every little league player that he came in contact with through the years, especially our son Joey!!! Heaven gained an angel but we lost a true human being! RIP!
Virginia Leffingwell - Jul 26, 2020
We love this precious family so much and pray for peace and healing for each. “Big John” and Aunt Joy loved and spirituality created a bond with this family that will hold Strong! We know that he has stayed the course and has now gone his last mile! But oh the last trip will be worth it all!
Rosalie Keesy - Jul 26, 2020
My heart goes out to the Family. So sorry for your loss. Hug and prayers
Kenneth and Paula Sturgill - Jul 26, 2020
Our condolences to the family. Big John was a friend to all and a stranger to none. His kind words of encouragement will be remembered by many. May he rest in eternal peace with our Lord.
Angela Johnson Rietschlin - Jul 26, 2020
When the Dials moved in across the street they were wonderful neighbors. Mr. and Mrs. Dials invited us girls to join them at church and I enjoyed going many Sundays. Mr.Dials was always present at ballgames and encouraged all the players. Plymouth will be a little less brighter without him.
Bridget Thornsberry-Griffith - Jul 26, 2020
Big John and my papaw (Warner Thornsberry) drove truck together and my family has known him for years, he was the sweetest and kindest person always. My family and I will miss him dearly and we send our love and prayers!
Stacey Wampler - Jul 25, 2020
Just loved this man! Sat with him at travel ball and he supported all of the boys! ⚾️
The Holzworth Family - Jul 25, 2020
We are friends of Terri & LoriThinking of you all! Sending many prayers & hugs at this difficult time.
Bruce Amburgy - Jul 25, 2020
He was a wonderful man. I am so glad I got to meet him and call him a friend. RIP
Amy Neeley Rouse - Jul 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are will u all. I have many memories of him at church and driving church bus. He was there when my dad was sick and ministered him. Such a wonderful, kind person. I hope u all find peace. Much love.❤
Ruth Ann Barber - Jul 25, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of Big John. He was a wonderful man and loved by many. You have my sincere sympathy for all the family. RIP Big John will miss seeing this great man. ]
Ray Ward - Jul 25, 2020
Rip big John, you will be truly truly missed, prayers to the family!????
Cheryl Hamons - Jul 25, 2020
To Big John’s family, Condolences to your families. He was such a great guy. So kind hearted, willing to help anyone and everyone. He is having a great reunion in Heaven, being in a perfect place. Cherish the great memories you have.