Portage County obituaries for Jan. 18-19

David Michael Horner

David Michael Horner, age 68, of Kent, OH, died on Monday, January 16, 2023 at UH Portage Medical Center.

David was born March 10, 1954 in Ravenna, OH to the late Donald and Marian(Brunswick) Horner.

David served 30 years as a City of Akron employee starting at the Waste-Water Division and eventually retiring from the Parks Department as a Foreman. Upon his retirement, January 31st 2004 was proclaimed by then Mayor of Akron Don Plusquellic as “David M. Horner Day.”

David was an extremely generous, tireless, and hard-working individual. His greatest accomplishment was as dedicated family man. His unwavering lifelong commitment to his three sons, wife, parents, and family will leave a legacy amongst all who knew him. He vowed to always give the best care of Josh and Joe and gave much self-sacrifice to do so. David heavily participated and earned the admiration of many in the special needs community.

David was a racing fanatic and passed his love of Formula 1 and Indycar on to his three sons.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Smithies; sons, Josh, Joe, and Andy (Emily Reese) Horner; brother Jon (Gayle) Horner.

Calling hours will be held 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, 628 W. Main St. Kent, OH 44240. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, January 23, 2023, at First Christian Church with Pastor Amanda Moore officiating.

To share a Memory, Send a Condolence, or Light a Candle, visit the Tribute Wall at www.bisslerandsons.com.

Robert James Burns

Robert James Burns of Hiram, Ohio, born June 21, 1943 passed away on January 11, 2023. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Burns and brother David (Carol) Burns.

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Brian D. Joy

Brian D. Joy, 57 of Garrettsville, passed away Saturday January 14, 2023 at the UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. On January 13, 1966 Brian was born in Ravenna, Ohio to Dorsel and Phyllis (Lay) Joy.

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Susan L. Jewett

Susan L. Jewett, 68 of Ravenna passed away Tuesday January 17, 2023 at the UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio. She was born April 9, 1954 in Ravenna, Ohio to the late Ralph L and Mary (Myers) Jewett, Sr.

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LaVerne Lynn Mapes Johns

LaVerne Lynn Mapes Johns, 81, of Garrettsville, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was born February 21, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Clell and Ann (nee Lohf) Mapes.

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