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John A. "Jack" Maylish, Jr. age 77, of Jefferson Township, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 9, 1940, in Cleveland, the son of John A. and Stephanie M. (Gustetic) Maylish, Sr., and has lived in Ashtabula County most of his life. Jack was a 1958 graduate of Jefferson High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Carol M. Topper, on April 20, 1963, in Jefferson. He was a member of St. Joseph Calasanctius Church, but those that knew Jack knew his real faith came from his belief in "Praise God Church".
Jack owned Jack's Gulf Station in Jefferson from 1963-1988, and drove a school bus for Jefferson Area Schools, then worked for Karlco Oil Field Services for a short time before taking a position with Jefferson Township until his retirement in 2004. Jack also served as Jefferson and Morgan Townships Zoning Inspector and was currently serving on the Jefferson Township Zoning Board. He was a poll worker for the Ashtabula Coounty Board of Elections for many years.
Also over the years, Jack has sponsored little league and bowling teams and supported the local cheerleaders by offering his gas station for car washes. Jack and his wife, Carol have been volunteers with Hospice of the Western Reserve the past 12 years, where he was recognized as Senior Citizen of the Year. He also volunteered for Faith in Action, building handicap ramps. He was a member of the Lenox Historical Society and loved cooking at the Friday night fish fry's. Jack, with his son John, operated the Maylish Family Farm. He was a Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR and Cleveland Indians fan. Jack had much pride in his Chevy Monte Carlo, Impala SS, his red tractors and had a unique liking of frogs.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; five children, Laurie M. (Frank) Kogovsek of Chardon, John A. (Cathy) Maylish of Jefferson, Joseph S. Maylish of Boulder City, Nev., Marie A. (Frankie Young) Maylish of Troy, N.C., and Andrew J. (Stephanie Byrd) Maylish of Denver, N.C.; four grandchildren, Nick and Jen Kogovsek, and Tyler and Brandon Maylish. Jack was an amazing grandpa which he continuously demonstrated through his unconditional love, laughter and guidance. Also surviving are two brothers, James A. (Marie) Maylish of Rome Township, and William K. (Kathy) Maylish of Sheffield Township. He is survived by many special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Jacqueline Marie Maylish in 1994.
Over the years, Jack made it clear and said, "when I pass away everyone had better wear jeans to my services!" We ask that you please honor his wishes.
Funeral services will 11 a.m., Thursday, at the Jefferson Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND CREMATORY, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Jerry Danalchak, hospice chaplain, leading the service. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the Lenox Community Center.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. The family has requested no flowers and memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004, or to the Jacqueline Maylish Nursing Scholarship Fund, 1314 Lenox-New Lyme Rd., Jefferson, Ohio 44047.
The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff are honored to serve the Jack Maylish family. Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences or light a candle.
Published on March 27, 2017
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