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Swanton Church of the Nazarene
Friday January 10th, 2020
2:00pm - 8:00pm

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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Saturday January 11th, 2020

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John J. LaFountain

John J. LaFountain, age 54, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away, suddenly, Monday morning, January 6, 2020.  He was born August 14, 1965 in Toledo, Ohio to James and Patricia (Tekesky) LaFountain.  John was a 1983 graduate of Swanton High School and attended Penta Vocational School, where he went through the Diesel Agricultural Mechanics program.  John was a truck driver for Ironville Rail and previously Exseed for many years. He also worked in the concrete and landscape businesses. John cherished his memories of his first job as a newspaper delivery boy in Swanton, when he was 10 years old. All of his life he was a hard worker, always providing for his loved ones.

John enjoyed many hobbies including snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, classic cars, sports cars, and was a fan of Ford vehicles, particularly their black pickup trucks. John liked watching television every night with his dog, Molly. Their favorite programs were Jeopardy, The Wheel of Fortune, Fixer Upper, wrestling, NASCAR, and multiple sports teams like The Detroit Tigers, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and more.

He is survived by his brother, Mike LaFountain, daughters, Allison (Patrick) Smith, Courtney (Christopher) Buehrer and Emily LaFountain (Adam Barr); grandchildren, Preston, Zaya, Avery, Eston, Mason, Porter, and Delilah; aunts and uncles, Susan (Gary) Jewell, Alice (Ken) Siefker, Mary Ellen (Don) Metzger and Edward (Lois) LaFountain; as well as many cousins. He also leaves behind his ex-wife and friend, Sue LaFountain, as well as in-laws, Carole and David Reinhardt.

John was preceded in death by his parents, James and Patricia, son-in-law, Naylen Fonseca, and close friend, Aaron Huffman.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 10th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Assumption.

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To John's family, I am so sorry for your loss... I worked with John at Exseed and I have to say he had a heart the size of Texas... I was in a very serious accident last year and John was the one who was always checking on me and making sure all was good and making sure we (my family) didn't need anything... John was a good friend... Rest in Peace Lil' John, I will miss you brother...

Ronald (Ronnie) Currier Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies to the whole family. God rest his soul.

Russell Kadri Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to Johns immediate family and friends. As his Dads cousin, I knew John as a child, and he was just about the cutest baby ever! Physical distance kept us from knowing each other well. So sorry that his life ended as such a young person. Prayers to all.

Anne callaghan Keith Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Ann Smith
The news of John's death was a shock to many of us. I worked with John "Byrd" at Tri-State Concrete for 20+ years. When you work with someone that long you get to know the kind of person they are -John was hard working, kind and a loving father. After Tri-State closed he still would text or call to see that my family & I were doing ok.
I will miss running into his near friends John S & Jeff G and getting updates/stories of what was new in John's life. John was a kind soul and will be missed.

Ann Smith Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John LaFountain

Rose Parsons Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Mike this is so unbelievable Dee Dee said she had been texting him but he didn't answer I am so sorry even though we haven't been a family in a long time you guys are still my brothers i love you

Colleen Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Dad loved this song. I love that I was able to capture this memory of Papa John and his grandson, Eston. Teachin him the dance moves!

Emily LaFountain Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

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