John Joseph Philippi

Birth Date: 
Thursday, February 8, 1934
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

WOOSTER – John Joseph Philippi, 86. of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the Avenue at Wooster.

John was born February 8, 1934 in Alliance the son of Mark and Lucille Crestani) Philippi.  He married his high school sweetheart, Jean Snellgrove on January 30, 1953.  Together they had four children, Jeffrey, Larry, Penny and Mark.  His grandchildren, Jordan and Sarah, were the joy of his life.  A special time was celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary with their family in Disney World.

He graduated from Alliance High School (1951) and Mount Union University.  He worked at American Steel Foundries and Morgan Engineering in Alliance while going to college.  After graduation, he joined the Goodyear Squadron in Akron.  In 1963, he joined Rubbermaid working in the Purchasing Dept. as Materials Manager and Purchasing Manager for 25 years.

John enjoyed playing softball, bowling, golf and watching Cleveland sport teams.  He played golf at golf clubs all over the US.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1964, a member of 20/30 Club and the Purchasing Association, Swim team and Music parents groups and was a People to People Ministries Board member and Treasurer.

Surviving is his wife Jean; children Larry of San Diego, CA, Penny of Phoenix, AZ, Mark (Jo Lyn) of Maumee, OH and grandchildren Jordan and Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey, his parents and an infant brother.

There will be a private family ceremony at the Memory Garden at First Presbyterian Church.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

The family wishes to thank The Avenue at Wooster and Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare for their extraordinary support both to John and his family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Memorial Contributions: 

First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


No calling hours


Private family services


Dear Penny, so sorry for your loss.

Dear Mrs Philippi, Larry, Penny and Mark,So sorry to learn of Mr Philippi's passing. Prayers for your family.

Sincerest sympathies to Jean and the Philippi family, our longtime family friends and part of our church family at First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Philippi, Larry, Penny and Mark, my condolences on the loss of your husband/dad. Always remember "the good stuff."

John's family I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Rubbermaid for years. He was a great man and was very nice to work with and for. You have my deepest sympathy. RIP John

Dear John's family, so sorry for your loss. John was a great guy. We worked at Rubbermaid together he in purchasing and I in distribution so our paths did not cross often. You have my deepest sympathy.

Condolences on the passing of John, to the Philippi family.

My condolences to the Phillipi family. Johns many contributions to his family and community speak for themselves. He'll be missed.

Dear Cousin Jean and family, so very sorry to hear of Cousin Johnny’s passing. You are all in my prayers. Love, Sandy

Jean, we met at ALZ support group. My prayer is that healing can begin for you. Your journey was an inspiration to us all.

Dear Jean, we met at the Alz Support Group. I am truly sorry for your loss. Listening to you gave me insight to what unconditional and true love meant, and I know you and John had that, and always will. Prayers to you and your family and I hope you are able to begin the healing process. You were such a blessing! ~Kelly

Dear Jean and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my cousin John. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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