John G. Papcun, 84, of Perrysburg, and formerly of Port Clinton, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at The Waterford at Levis Commons Community in Perrysburg. He was born on June 23, 1938, in Port Clinton, the son of the late John and Mary (Kerul) Papcun. He was the youngest of four. He married to Elizabeth “Betsy” Stoddard-Clements, and she survives.
John graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1956. He was elected to the inaugural Port Clinton Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. John graduated from the University of Toledo School of Engineering in 1960 and played basketball. He was inducted into the UT Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. John was elected eight terms as Ottawa County Engineer and two terms as County Commissioner. He was an avid athlete in baseball, basketball, bowling, and golf with several State Championships. John was a big fan of his grandchildren’s athletic activities as well as the Port Clinton Redskins, University of Toledo Rockets, Boston Celtics, and the Cleveland Indians. He was President of the Ohio County Engineers Association in 1974. Among his many items he developed was the road sign “Please drive slowly, we love our children.”
John was a member of the Port Clinton Athletic Boosters, UT Varsity T Club, Elks, PC Yacht Club, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a lifelong resident of Port Clinton & Catawba Island.
Survivors include his wife, Betsy of 47 years; sons, Eric Papcun, Norwalk, Iowa and Daniel Clements (Cathy), Glendale, Ariz.; daughters, Kathy Williams (Doug), Adrian, Mich., Nancy Alford (Andy), Dallas, Texas, Susan Parker (Randy),
Perrysburg, and Peggy Kalbfus (Todd), Penfield, N.Y.; grandchildren, Elivia and Tillman Papcun, Jennifer and Ben Decker Charles Williams, Max Alford, Katy (Alford) Council, Nick and Alex Clements, Steven, Andy and David Parker, and Ryan Kalbfus; fourteen great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Selgo, Archbold. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Williams; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Williams; and sisters, Ann Wharton, and Mary Ireland.
Visitation will be held at the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home, 216 Washington Street, Port Clinton, on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, Ohio, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Jonathan Wight officiating. Burial will follow in Catawba Island Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Port Clinton City Schools, c/o John Papcun Scholarship Fund or to the charity of your choosing. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
Special Thank You to the Nurses and Aides at NW Ohio Hospice and Waterford Levis Commons for all their wonderful and compassionate care given to John during his time of need.