John Harvey Gotshall

Born: 01/28/1942 Passed:

John Harvey Gotshall of Marlboro Township passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021, from a heart attack.  He was born January 28, 1942, to the late Harvey and Charlotte (Keck) Gotshall in Canton, Ohio. He was a 1959 graduate of Scio High School and a 1963 graduate of Mount Union College. John was employed by accounting firms in Youngstown (Clark & Collins), Canton (Brunner-Cox) and was a Comptroller at Benmit Hydrotesters. He also did extensive work for Mortenson Broadcasting and maintained a private accounting practice until retiring in 2014.  He was a former member of the East Canton and Canton Jaycees, as well as the Canton Rotary Club. He was a devoted father, grandad and loyal friend to many. He will always be remembered for his passion for Ford & Mercury cars, Cruise-ins, Car Shows, Swap Meets, Drag Racing and his enjoyment of music.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his stepmother, Margaret “Peg” Gotshall and a nephew, Corey Gotshall. Survivors include his son, James Gotshall; daughter, Julie (John) Steigerwald; grandchildren, Alysha (Sarah) Cody and Macy Gotshall, and Zachary, Joseph, Rachel and Jacob Steigerwald; brothers, Robert (Barbara), and Tom; and numerous cousins.

There will be a Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 14th, starting at 2:00 p.m. at his residence (12051 Ravenna Ave NE Louisville, OH  44641). Please feel free to bring a car for a special cruise-in. Donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation or Perrysville Scholarship Fund in John’s name.


6 Tributes to John Harvey Gotshall

  1. Sarah DeZordo says:

    Mr. Gotshall ( that’s what I called him as a child )was a kind neighbor. He let my siblings and i shoot hoops in his driveway. I would wave to him as I walked in the field behind behind his house to Pegasus Farm. I will always be grateful for his genuine neighbor friendliness.

  2. Janette ( Moffat) Keblesh says:

    I am so sorry to hear that John has passed. I worked with him in the 70s and 80s when I worked at WTOF, Mortenson Broadcasting. We had many good conversations and he was a good friend. I have been thinking about calling him lately after I learn Jack Mortenson passed in April. Now I have lost that chance. My thoughts and prayers for his family for his loss.

  3. Betsy & Vern Ketchum says:

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your father and grandfather. We had many good times in the East Canton Jaycees. We know how difficult it is to lose both of your parents in such a short time. Blessings on you all.

  4. Linda (DeZordo) Silver says:

    I had the pleasure of being neighbors with John from ’92-2010. When we moved into the house we built just south of him he brought us a cake that said “Welcome to the neighborhood “. My kids loved to play on his cemented drive because ours was gravel. Not once did he ever get upset or chase them off. So sad to hear of his passing. Definitely one of the finest people you will ever meet.

  5. Mike and Linda Wardle says:

    Dear Jim and Julie,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of need.
    Sincerely, Mike and Linda Wardle.

  6. Rob and Gina White and family says:

    John was a great neighbor. He was kind to our kids and always kept his property immaculate. He was a hard worker and took great pride in his possessions. John will be greatly missed. Jim and Julie and families, you are in our prayers daily. May you find comfort during this challenging season. God bless you.

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