John M Taviano

February 20, 1954 - January 22, 2021
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John M. Taviano age 66, of Lima passed away at 12:38 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at The Springs of Lima. He was born in Lima, Ohio on Feb. 20, 1954 to the late Joseph and Ada P. (Numbers) Taviano.
John is lovingly survived by his S.O. and best pal, Sue Contini, the joys of his life, Tonya (Tony), Sierra & Savannah Sizemore, Luke (Brooke), JT and Wyatt Taviano and Lindsay (Brandon), Colt Contini-Stevens. He was formerly married to Debbie Wilmoth. He is also survived by his large family of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, special friends and hunting buddies, too numerous to mention.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers David ‘Joe’ and Timothy L. Taviano.
John graduated from Perry High School in 1972, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball and his legacy is well known. He worked in construction/roofing for a short time before getting hired at Westinghouse for 19 plus years until they closed. He then worked as warehouse manager for Area Energy and Electric until he went on disability.
Hunting and fishing were a huge part of his life. Many stories can be told of his archery talents and he would often shoot over one hundred arrows a day to become one of the best in the state. He never turned anyone down who asked for help fine tuning a bow, fetching arrows or sharing his expertise on how to get a buck, elk, caribou. He filleted with skill and his fish fries were epic. He was a charter member of the IBO and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His deep voice and singing will be greatly missed.
A celebration of his life will be held at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville, Ohio. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p., Thursday. A funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Tug Taviano and Pastor Randy Davis officiating, interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima, Ohio.
All social distancing practices will be in place and if you are uncomfortable either service, John would be the first to understand.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: February 20, 1954
Died: January 22, 2021

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The Chambers Family posted on 2/21/21

From our family to yours. Our deepest condolence.


Pam Campbell posted on 1/28/21

We were so sad to hear of John's passing. He and Sue were great friends and loyal fans of Penny and The Loafers Band. We had many great times, laughs, singing and dancing. What a wonderful man he was. Scott and Pam Ridenour


Tim Reed posted on 1/28/21

My deepest sympathy to the Taviano family John was a special friend. Thru the years of friendship we built lifelong memories. Ones I will never forget. Although you are gone , you will always be remembered. Rest In Peace little buddy


Tim Reed posted on 1/28/21

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Tim Reed posted on 1/28/21

My deepest sympathy to the Taviano family John was a special friend thru the years of friendship. We built lifelong memories. Ones I will never forget. Although you are gone you will always be remembered. Rest In Peace little buddy


mike ciriegio posted on 1/28/21

To Jeff & Steve and all the Taviano family & friends. So sorry for your loss and may God grant you all peace and hope in your terrible pain & sadness.My heart hurts hearing the passing of truely one of the kindest people i knew. Your smile radiated in places where darkness loomed and your wit was second to none . I will miss you " mio fratello" . until we meet again.


Anita Simone posted on 1/28/21

It was so sad to hear of John's passing.I can only imagine the sorrow you must be feeling. So difficult to loose a sibling. But you have years and years of good memories to think of and smile. My prayers are with the family at this time.


Janet Pierce Huckemeyer posted on 1/27/21

I’m sure John was greeted by many when he arrived home. I’m sure Tom Pierce couldn’t wait to talk about hunting adventures with John. I’m sorry for your loss. John was a good man and will be greatly missed..... but will live on in your hearts and memories. He is watching over each of you. God Bless


Mike Harrison posted on 1/27/21

John was one of my best friends through our school years and beyond. Life took us on it’s own path as the years past, but the early bonds never fade. I’m caring for my elderly father so regrettably can not attend services. John’s legacy is well known, and I was blessed to be a small part of it many years ago. My heartfelt condolences to all who were there through the circumstances that fill one’s life. I know tomorrow’s sadness will be intertwined with the love that John’s life journey.


Lori Yosick posted on 1/25/21

John was such a sweet ( and quietly funny) guy when I was around him. He was a very good match and companion to you, Sue, and you guys had some good years together. He will be missed, but memories will be special. Hugs to you , and to all of John's family.


Roger and Dee Copas posted on 1/24/21

We sure will miss “Big John”. Our condolences to the entire family. Sending Sue a big hug.


Janet Westerbeck posted on 1/24/21

Rest in peace John T. I feel blessed to have worked with you . Prayers for comfort and peace to your family and friends during this time.


Jan Shaw/Sauer posted on 1/24/21

John, family and friends. I have so many fond memories of John from our school days! His handsome smile lite up our world, his kindness and dedication to every adventure he embraced was simply amazing. The doors of Heaven (our real home) were wide open with loving family and friends to welcome you to a place unlike anything we could even image. Free at last from worldly pain. At peace with embarking on this new adventure with our LORD JESUS! Remember you we will, as you watch over us from Heaven! Best regards Jan Shaw & family


Vicki Werling posted on 1/23/21

My heart is breaking for you Tonya. Pray God will comfort you only as He can and be with you as you grieve.


Greg Edson posted on 1/23/21

John was an amazing person I loved bowhunting in Michigan in the 80s with him. I had very little money back then and John took me under his wing. He even let me take his truck and I got my first deer with my bow. Thank you my friend. Until we meet again.


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crady smith posted on 1/23/21

To The Taviano Family, We're so sorry for your loss. We send our sincere condolences and our deepest sympathy to each of you during this difficult time. We are praying that God will comfort you with your great loss and your grieving in a way that only he can. Love, Zendil Smith and Crady J. Smith


Yolanda & Gary West posted on 1/23/21

In memory of John M Taviano, Yolanda & Gary West lit a candle


Yolanda & Gary West posted on 1/23/21

Sure gonna miss you, Brother. Love you John❣️Sis & Gary


Sharon Wireman posted on 1/23/21

So very sorry for your loss! I’m sure John and Tom Wireman are up there telling hunting stories! John will be so missed! All my love, Sharon Wireman


Lisa posted on 1/23/21

To the whole family , Jim and I are truly sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest condolence and prayers with lots of love. Jim & Lisa Estill