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John Piras

Pickerington, Ohio

April 16, 1947 - August 15, 2022

John Piras Obituary

John Piras passed away August 15, 2022, at the age of 75, in Columbus, Ohio, after waging a long, multi-fronted battle against a range of medical issues. Demonstrating his trademark wit, John declared “Well, it’s been nice knowing you all” the day before he passed.

He was born in Johnstown (no relation), Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1947, and at some point during the intervening 75 years became a lifelong Colts fan who used to root for Johnny Unitas. He fished the love of his life, Patty, out of a Big Bear dumpster in the late ‘60s, and his devotion to recycling was so strong that he was looking forward to celebrating his 55th wedding anniversary with her in December. He graduated Franklin University with an accounting degree, served overseas with the Air National Guard in the late ‘60s, and reportedly celebrated the moon landing roughly nine months before the birth of his first child.

As a father, he served as a Little League baseball coach for many years, endured numerous camping outings with his boys under the YMCA program now known as Adventure Guides, served as Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, and initiated epic family rubber band wars that left hundreds of spent rubber bands littered across the living room floor.

Over the years he sang in his church choir, ran a movie projector at a local drive-in theater, worked two different kinds of security jobs and even became an accomplished local locksmith who was a friend to the Pickerington deer population.

John is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children Mark (Tabitha), Shawn (Stephanie), Matthew (Jamisha), Teresa, Angie and his honorary son James; his brother, Angelo (Mary Kay); 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren with another one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Yolanda Piras and many aunts and uncles including his special aunt, Julia Spanu.

John will be honored in a visitation service at Dwayne R. Spence funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 550 N. Hill Road in Pickerington. A funeral service will be held at Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on Monday, August 22, at 10 a.m., at 5225 Refugee Road in Columbus, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at 5600 E. Broad Street in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, John wished for donations to made in his memory to St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, (for which he was a longtime donor), or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

He will be greatly missed.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John Piras hosted by Dwayne R Spence Funeral Home.

John Piras passed away August 15, 2022, at the age of 75, in Columbus, Ohio, after waging a long, multi-fronted battle against a range of medical issues. Demonstrating his trademark wit, John declared “Well, it’s been nice knowing you all” the day before he passed.

He was born in Johnstown (no relation), Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1947, and at some point during the intervening 75 years became a lifelong Colts fan who used to root for Johnny Unitas. He fished the love of his life, Patty, out of a Big Bear dumpster in the late ‘60s, and his devotion to recycling was so strong that he was looking forward to celebrating his 55th wedding anniversary with her in December. He graduated Franklin University with an accounting degree, served overseas with the Air National Guard in the late ‘60s, and reportedly celebrated the moon landing roughly nine months before the birth of his first child.

As a father, he served as a Little League baseball coach for many years, endured numerous camping outings with his boys under the YMCA program now known as Adventure Guides, served as Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, and initiated epic family rubber band wars that left hundreds of spent rubber bands littered across the living room floor.

Over the years he sang in his church choir, ran a movie projector at a local drive-in theater, worked two different kinds of security jobs and even became an accomplished local locksmith who was a friend to the Pickerington deer population.

John is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children Mark (Tabitha), Shawn (Stephanie), Matthew (Jamisha), Teresa, Angie and his honorary son James; his brother, Angelo (Mary Kay); 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren with another one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Yolanda Piras and many aunts and uncles including his special aunt, Julia Spanu.

John will be honored in a visitation service at Dwayne R. Spence funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 550 N. Hill Road in Pickerington. A funeral service will be held at Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on Monday, August 22, at 10 a.m., at 5225 Refugee Road in Columbus, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at 5600 E. Broad Street in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, John wished for donations to made in his memory to St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, (for which he was a longtime donor), or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

He will be greatly missed.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John Piras hosted by Dwayne R Spence Funeral Home.

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