John R. Mohr, Jr., 82

Published 8:23 am Friday, April 15, 2022

Defiance, Ohio – Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend John R. Mohr, Jr., 82, died peacefully at his home in Defiance on April 13, 2022.
He was born in Defiance on June 6, 1939, the son of John R. and Violet M. (Varner) Mohr. On September 26, 1964 he married the love of his life, Ella Louise (Jacobson) Mohr. Together during their 57 years of marriage, they raised five wonderful children; Carrie Frey (Dave), Cathy Tijerina (Ron), Connie Davis (Rick), John Mohr (Sherry), and Dan Mohr (Lisa). He also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and his sisters Judy Shininger (Cyril) and Becky Mohr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, David Mohr (Doreen).
John was a devout lifelong member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and attended public school in Defiance, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Army on May 9, 1962 and was honorably discharged on April 30, 1968.
He was an active member of the Eagles, VFW, Moose, and Amvets, as well as the Volunteer Fireman’s Association.
John Mohr devoted thirty years of work and service to Western and Southern Life Insurance Inc. After retiring from Western and Southern, he worked part-time at the Eagles. He served as Chaplain at the Amvets from 1991 to 1998 and loved to provide support and help to others in that role and this is where friends began to affectionately call him “Father John.”
With his family and friends, he particularly enjoyed golf. He was an avid reader, witty and animated storyteller, and a history buff.
The family invites friends and family to visit Schaffer Funeral Home, 529 Jefferson Ave. on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service scheduled for 2:00 pm. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19th at Saint Mary’s Church in Defiance, Ohio. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery after the service.
Memorial donations are suggested to Saint Mary’s Food Pantry or Food for the Poor. Online condolences can be given at

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