John D. “Jack” Gregory, 78, of Tiffin, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2013, at Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center.
He was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Fostoria, to Lajoie and Laveda (Apple) Gregory. On March 21, 1953, he married Deloris Ann Garrison.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris; a son, Scott (Rachel) Gregory of Alvada; a daughter, Laura (Kevin) O’Millian of Tiffin; and five grandchildren, Grace, Sara and Evan Gregory, Emalee Bartchlett, and Jonathan O’Millian.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his stepmother, Dorothy Gregory; and a sister, Janet Wyandt.
Jack was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, and graduated in 1952 from Fostoria High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps. from Aug. 19, 1952-Aug. 18, 1955. While serving in the military, he was director of the “B” Band at the Marine Air Wing Station. After the military, he graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree, and attended the University of Michigan for his master’s degree. He was the manager of the Bureau of Unemployment Services in Tiffin from 1965-1969, and was the music teacher and band director at Whiteford Agriculture School in Ottowa Lake, Mich., from 1959-1962, at Carey from 1962-1965 and at Old Fort School from 1969 until retiring in 1982. He also worked part-time as the high brass instructor at Heidelberg for a few years. Jack was a member of the V.F.W. Post 2858, American Legion Post 169, McClellan Marine League in Findlay, Tiffin Shrine Club, Seneca County Scottish Rite, Samaria Masonic Lodge 438, and the Ohio Motor Pool Association. He played in the V.F.W. band in Fostoria for many years, and in many area dance bands, forming his own “Jack Gregory Orchestra Band.” Jack was collector of all things.
His funeral is noon, Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424, with Rev. Donna Van Trees officiating. The United Veterans Council will conduct military honors at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be private in Knollcrest Cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and from 11 a.m.- noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the funeral home. Masonic Lodge 77 will conduct services at 6:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Seneca County, F.A.C.T. or the McClellan Marine League.
Letters of condolence may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.