December 1, 2013
25 W Perry St Willard OH 44890 12/5/2013 11:00:00
John E. Kostoff, age 56, of Willard, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 unexpectedly at his home. He was born on June 13, 1957 in Willard, Ohio to the late Chester and Madeline (Smith) Kostoff. John was a hoist driver at RR Donnelley in Willard and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard. He enjoyed golfing, riding his Harley motorcycle, sitting with his dog “Brutus”, and most of all, spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Roth) Kostoff; 2 sons Chester “Chet” (Heather) Kostoff of Michigan and Dirk (Marcia) Kostoff of Kenton, Ohio and 1 grandson, Henry.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Greg and a sister Karen.
There will be a funeral mass on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, Ohio with Fr. Eric Culler officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Leukemia Association. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Deb, Chet and Dirk
We are all blessed to have had the time we did with John. As with everyone else,I am still in shock. We met roughly 50 years ago and I am humbled that God allowed me to be a part of his life. I will miss him and cherish the memories and stories others have shared. May God Bless you all and I will be in touch from time to time.
Debbie and family,
I am so saddened to learn of John’s unexpected passing. We were classmates and he would always wave and speak to me when I would see him especially during track meets when Josh and Dirk ran together. I pray that the love of Jesus will be your strength and comfort.
Deb and Family: I am so sorry to hear of John’s untimely passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Deb, Chet, Dirk- We are so sad and sorry to hear of the passing of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families during this most difficult time. May God Bless you all! Jim, Nancy, Kelsey, & Alysun Daniel
Deb and family, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Marcia had the perfect father-in-law. Despite this early passing, she had over six years to bathe in the warmth and humor of one of the most genuine people anyone will ever meet. He will be deeply missed but his positive influence is forever woven into the family he so obviously loved. We will forever remember John for the kind and friendly person he was and for being a wonderful force in our daughter’s life.
Deb and boys,
I was speechless when I heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss “Chico” and the many stories he would tell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Deb our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our prayers. God Bless
Deny & Roberta
Deb & family, I am so sorry for your loss! Even though I did not get to see Chico often enough, I smile every time I think of John. He truly was one of the good guys. I will and have always cherished his memory and will continue to do so! God blessed us with John Kostoff.
Debbie and Family. we are so saddened by the loss of John. God Bless you and the boys. You are in our prayers
Dear Debbie and Family,
We didn’t get to know Johnny well enough, but know how he took care of our cousin, Madeline–his mom. From reading others’ notes, he was the good man we knew him to be…not just for his mom, but to everyone. We’ll be praying for you, Jerry and Jackie Callen (Austin, Texas)
Deb and Family, So sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was such a caring and happy guy, he will be missed. May God give you and your Family the strength to get through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Deb and family, We are very sorry to hear about the loss of John. I was in John’s class of 1976 and he will be missed by all. I would pass John on his bike or in his truck quite often and he always smiled and waved. Prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Thoughts and prayers to your family at the loss of a great guy. I was blessed to have worked with John for so many years and will forever remember his wonderful sense of humor and how extremely nice he was. May God bless and keep your family through this difficult time.
Quick with a smile, a story or just being a friend, that was John. Deb, Chet and Dirk, John was a special person. He loved life and loved his family above all. We are saddened by his loss. Our prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. John will truely be missed.
I am so sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deb, Chet, and Dirk, we are so sorry to hear about the sudden and unexpected passing of John. We can’t even imagine what you must be going thru right now. John was such a nice guy who always had a smile on his face and something nice to say to you to make you feel good. We really enjoyed being his neighbor and he will be missed by all who knew him. May God be with you all as you go thru this most difficult time. You and your whole family will be in our prayers and if you need anything just call.
Deb, Chet and Dirk. You have our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. Chico will truly be missed. What a wonderful, kind and funny guy. We have fond memories when we were neighbors years ago. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Deb, Chet and Dirk,
We met John when we lived across Madeline all those years. He was always friendly and when he didn’t have a story to tell, she did. So sad to hear of your loss, and praying for you all.
Dirk and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. God Bless you during this difficult time.
Debbie, Chet & Dirk – I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. John was SUCH an amazing friend to my dad. After working those long RRD 3rd shifts, he would drive 45 minutes to Mansfield just to sit with dad for hours, many times a week, for 6 months. He was kind, loving, hilarious & so, SO proud of his boys (you guys are all he talked about). He had a huge heart. I only hope that I can be HALF the friend to my friends that Chico was to his.
Deb and family, So sorry for your loss. We will miss John going by our house on his bike always waving. We will keep all of you in our hearts and prayers.
Deb and family – So sorry to hear about your loss. John will surely be missed in your lives especially during this most sacred time of year. He is now an angel looking over you and will be waiting for you to join him in heaven. Deb, also know that you have a caring family at Galion Community Hospital that will always be there to support you.
Debbie and Family- I am sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you all today and in the days to come. Remember he is safe with God now.
Deb, Chet and Dirk, We are so very sorry to hear about John. John may be gone but his loving memories will always remain in your thoughts and in your hearts. He was such a fun loving guy who was very proud of his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Deb and Family – So sorry to hear about John. Many, many fond memories of John zipping around on that hoist at work (with a smile and a loud “hey” as he passed by), and especially the bike trip to the east coast with Rick and Steve. He was a great guy, and will be missed, but will also be remembered by many. You all have my condolences and prayers.
To the Kostoff Family: You are all in my prayers for peace and comfort during this transition that the passing of John will bring. We were classmates. I remember John always being the funny, happy go-lucky guy and from all of the comments here, that is exactly how he lived his life. Though his time was short on this earth, he will now be among the angels of God watching over you every minute. Sympathy and blessings to you all.
We are so sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Deb & boys – Whitney, Haley, Landon and I are just heart sick over this tragic news. John was Jim’s life-long friend, but especially near and dear to us during Jim’s illness and death. I know a little bit about the road you are about to travel and will be in touch. Be assured you are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead.
Deb & Family – We were so shocked and sorry to hear of John’s unexpected passing. We really enjoyed working and talking with him at RRD. He was always such a character and made us laugh all the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
Deb and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We loved seeing him ride his bike and wave! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you strength and courage!
Deb and Family,
I am still in shock. John was one of my very best friends and we literally grew up together on Clark Street. His family was just an extended family of ours. He was the closest thing I ever had to a brother. Growing you and even as we grew older he was always there and I enjoyed our time together and the numerous phone calls. We did some crazy stuff over the years. He was a good man and friend. My mom is heart broken. Her and I will miss him every day.
We will see you at the funeral.
Deb and boys – John was always near and dear to my heart – always had a story to share and time to chat, just one of the good guys. I am so sorry. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Deb and boys, So very sorry to hear about John. He always had a smile on his face. Stay strong and lean on God and your family during this very rough time in your lives.
So saddened to learn of John’s passing. Such a shock. You are in our prayers, may God provide you and the boys the strength you need now and in the days ahead.
Dear Deb, Chet & Dirk,
My heart just aches for you & the loss you’re going through. I’ve been praying for the Lord to give you strength and peace during this most difficult time and throughout the years ahead. May you be lifted up by the love and support of friends and family and truly feel the presence of God helping you every step of the way.
My prayers will continue for you.
Sending you love,
Deb,Chet,Dirk- So shocked to hear of John’s passing. The Sands girls grew up next door to John. so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.
Deb, Chet & Dirk, We are so shocked to learn of Johns passing, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
DEB, AND FAMILY , MY FAMILY AND I SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. BARB JONES, KAREN WICKER AND FAMILY. GOD BLESS
The entire Thornton family is very sorry to hear about John. He has been a friend for many years and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families and may God Bless all of you.
Deb,Chet and Dirk So very sorry for Johns passing , your husband and dad was a great guy always making people laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you, again so very sorry..
So sorry for your loss. John was a friend to anyone he met, always fun to talk with. Prayers to your family.
So very sorry to hear the news and my prayers go out to all of you. John was just a wonderful person and a great friend, who will be missed by many. May God bless you with strength during this difficult time!
Deb and family – so sorry to hear of your loss. John was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Deb – So sorry for your loss. Was shocked to learn of John’s passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Deb, Chet & Dirk, OMG! We are so sorry to hear about John! Shock and amazement has fallen upon all his friends! What a great friend! As many have commented, I really enjoyed talking to Chico at work! Always talk of the kids and family made John proud! He will be missed by so many! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kostoff family in this tragic time! God Bless you all! Doug, Jody, Kayla & Curtis Baker
We are so sorry and saddened by the news of Johns death. He was a great guy to work with who always had a funny story to tell. Will miss seeing his smiling face @ RRD. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and may God give you comfort.
Deb,Chet,&Dirk..we are shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of John. So many memories came flooding back of all the fun we had as kids and in school. He always had a smile and could always make you laugh. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all now and in the days ahead.
Boone and Sandy Buurma
Deb and family so shocked to here about John’s death, He was one of the good guys. He will be missed by many, many prayers are with you at this time.
I can’t find the words to say how sorry I am for your loss! John and I drove hoist together and talked a lot about our lives! I called him brother and will greatly miss him! He was always talking about his family and how much he loved them! All our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Deb and family, we were so shocked to hear about John. We are keeping you close in thought and prayer during this difficult time.
Deb, Chet, & Dirk – We are so heart broken at the loss of such a great guy. He could always make us laugh at the stories he would tell, and really enjoyed talking to everyone! We cherish the time we were neighbors – a lot of good memories for us to hang on to. We will praying for you…
Some time ago, my wife (girlfriend at the time)and I were waiting at the end of a very long line in the bitter cold to get into a very busy restaurant. John and Deb, who were already seated at a table inside the restaurant, spotted us standing there. John immediately stood up and came out to us and insisted we come in and join him and Deb at their table for supper. What more can we say? That was the kind of guy he was and why he will be sorely missed. Our heart-felt condolences Deb and family.
Deb, Chet & Dirk – To say we are “sorry” doesn’t even come close to how we feel about losing John. He was for sure one of the good guys! Praying that the memories you share and the love that he gave will comfort you.
Deb and sons. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. John will be missed by so many. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.
Deb, Chet, and Dirk-
So sorry for your loss. He legacy will go on with his great men that are his sons.
Oh Deb – I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you and your family. I pray that God’s peace envelope you and bring you comfort. Much love, Ralyne
Deb & family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Hold on to all the great memories you have, he was a great husband, father, grandfather, son & friend. He will me missed.