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John Knafel

December 17, 1961 — January 1, 2023

John, 61, of Fairlawn, Ohio passed peacefully on January 1, 2023. He grew up in Akron and attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, class of '81.

He is survived by his twin sons Matthew (Kendra) and Andrew (Jennifer), grandsons Zachary and Evan, mother Janet, and brother William A. John was preceded in death by his wife Sharon, father William "W.J. Bill", sister Debra, and grandson Joshua Knafel.

John was a loving husband of 40 years, and he was a proud father and grandfather, often spending time enjoying various outdoor activities and long conversations. He was a true outdoorsman, spending time fishing at the Hill 'n Dale Club in Medina. He was President of the Tin Indian Pontiac Club, his father Bill Knafel's racing team. He was self-employed for most of his life, running his own fishing lure business in the 80's, managing the family Gold Seal Corporation in the 90's, and also running a business for the past 15 years dealing in antiques and collectibles. He was very passionate about his business. He went home to Jesus with family at his side.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m.at Grace Church Norton Campus, 3970 South Cleveland Massillon Road, and funeral will follow at 11 a.m. A private graveside ceremony will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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