Born on Feb. 11, 1940, in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Henry Parker and Elizabeth (nee Strimpfel) Cole.
John, known by his CB handle “Hillbilly Pollock,” was a trucker and had driven for Milky Way Farms, Messenburg Brothers Trucking and MJ Miller Trucking. He also drove for several Mennonite families.
He enjoyed model trains and was a member of the Monroeville Model Train Club. John liked to spend time out outdoors, fishing and working in garage. Most of all, John cherished time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Nina (nee Knott); daughters, Nina E. (Aaron) Kirk of Winter Park, Florida, and Rebecca S. Adams of Klamath Falls, Oregon; grandchildren Jeffery, Douglas, Joshua, Nickolas, Ginger, Donovan and Nicole; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Friends and family will be received 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St, Norwalk, with services beginning at 7 p.m., Pastor Jeff Watson will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed at walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.