John Rettos

| June 7, 2021

John Rettos, formerly of Coshocton, passed away June 3, 2021 peacefully, surrounded by family.

He was born Dec. 1, 1930 in Yorkville, Ohio to the late Michael and Mary (Makras) Rettos.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Reba Thomas Rettos; one son, Christopher John (Jean) Rettos of Athens, Ohio, daughter Andrea Lynne (David) Glass of Columbus, Ohio and daughter-in-law Lyn (Socrates) Rettos. Also surviving are grandchildren Jessica Glass (Joshua) Bergeron, Michael Glass, John Robert Glass, Brooke Rettos (Brandon) Shean, Blythe Rettos, and great-grandchildren Evelynne Bergeron, John Bergeron, and Eli Shean. Also surviving are a brother Nick (Imogene) Rettos of St. George, Utah and sister Stella Pappas of Morgantown, West Virginia. A son Socrates John Rettos and brother George Rettos preceded John in death.

John graduated from Coshocton High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also attended Miami University, Purdue University and the Oregon College of Education.

John served in the US Army from 1953 – 1955 and was stationed in Germany for thirteen months.

He returned to Coshocton to teach at his alma mater from 1955 – 1986. During those years, he was active in the Coshocton City Education Association having served as president and head negotiator for several years. He was an advocate for teachers’ rights. John served on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Ohio Teachers’ Association and for one year served as president of that organization. John believed that learning was a life-long activity and encouraged his students to continue learning new things through formal education or through life and work experiences.

For many years, John was active with the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival serving as co-chairman of the Planning Committee for five years.

He was a member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association, the Coshocton County Retired Teachers Association, and a life member of the Ohio Education Association.

John attended Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as Senior Warden on the Vestry.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Given Dawson Paisley Funeral Home from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Coshocton, officiated by Rob Morris. Buria

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