John T. Deck


John T. Deck, 77, formerly of Haskins, passed on May 4, 2023 after a long battle with cancer.

John was born September, 26, 1945 in Akron, OH and was adopted by John and Elizabeth (Musselman) Deck. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He attended Ohio Northern University earning a degree in History. He was an investigator for the Ohio Department of Liquor and Control, later a police officer for the city of Maumee and then an adult parole officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

He married Patsy (Gillespie) Knepper in 1981 and together they enjoyed time with her two children, Robert (Nadine Kary) Knepper and Kay Knepper Osuna and two grandchildren, Megan (Bryant) Osuna and Ben Knepper. Patsy preceded him in death in 2002.

John married Donna (Rentmeester) Gerrits in 2007 growing his family by two more children with

daughter, Joy (Tim) Vertz and son, Tyler Gerrits (Danyel Rallof) and 4 more grandchildren, Flynn and Sawyer Vertz and Quinn and Quaid Gerrits.

He is further survived by his brother Tom (Kathe) Deck, nephews Chris and Jason, niece Heather (Andrew) Tobin, and great nephews Reagan and Maverick Deck and Trent Tobin. His half siblings Gail (Bill) Fannasy and Gary (Virginia) Sunderland, and numerous Fannasy and Sunderland nieces and nephews. He is survived by brother-in-laws Tom Rentmeester and Pete (Cindy) Rentmeester, and his closest friend Mark Hearndon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patsy, step daughter Kay, and sister-in-law Debbie Rentmeester.

Memorials in honor of John may be made to Fremont F.O.P. Lodge 35.

Family and friends will be welcomed on June 4, 2023 to the Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory, Gibsonburg, OH for visitation from 1-2:45 P.M. followed by a F.O.P. service at 2:45 P.M. and a celebration of his life at 3 P.M.

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