John "Jack" Morningstar

December 12, 1940 - January 5, 2020
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John ‘Jack’ Morningstar, age 79 of rural Wapakoneta, passed at 7:49 a.m., Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born December 12, 1940 in Lima, Ohio to the late Herbert Benjamin and Alice Mildred Randall Morningstar. On November 25, 1961 he married Ruth A. Shaner, who survives.

Mr. Morningstar graduated from Wapakoneta High School, joined the U.S. Marines, and was a member of the Uniopolis United Methodist Church. He retired from Roundy’s, formerly known as Scot Lad Foods. He was a former member of the Uniopolis Fire Department and former co-owner of the M & M Market in Uniopolis. He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, and farming. Jack looked forward to going to Lucky Steer for the Friday morning breakfast club.

Other survivors include his 5 children – Deanne O’Connell of Lakewood, WA; Larry Morningstar of Wapakoneta; Kris Morningstar of Lima; Keith Morningstar of Galloway; Lyn Morningstar of Wapakoneta; 5 grandchildren – Tony Morningstar of Lima; Jared Morningstar of Cleveland; Elisabeth O’Connell of Olympia, WA; Thomas O’Connell of Austin, TX; Allison (Yusef) Sharaf of Wapakoneta; 2 great granddaughters – Piper Ganser of Coldwater and Olivia Varuska of Wapakoneta; and a sister – Marilyn Sue Morningstar of Lima.

He was preceded in death by a grandson – Patrick O’Connell; and 4 siblings – Donald Morningstar; Jane Bockbrader; Dick Morningstar; and Doris Ritchie.

Funeral services will begin 12:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2019 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Pastor David Stanford will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery, near Uniopolis where military rites will be observed.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Uniopolis Fire Department, or the Uniopolis United Methodist Church.

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Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

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Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020


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Born: December 12, 1940
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Matthew Coon posted on 1/10/20

It wasn’t until late last night that I learned of Jack’s passing. His sister Doris was one of my aunts. It was truly quite a shock seeing his obituary online. My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to Jack’s family. He was a good guy with a heart of gold.


Kelly Maag posted on 1/7/20

Prayers for the family. I worked with him at Scot Lad/Roundy’s....he was a great guy.


Roberta Stolzenburg posted on 1/7/20

So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Know that the Lord will be at your side during your time of grief. Keeping your family in my prayers. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Roberta Stolzenburg


James A Randall and Dianne Randall posted on 1/6/20

We treasured the last visit with Jack and Ruth when we were in Lima a few years back. I think it was one of the best visits we had in recent years. Our trips to Ohio have become less frequent but we always counted it a good visit if we could see Jack, Ruth and Sue. We will miss Jack in those visits in any future trips to Ohio. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and generosity. I have many good memories of visiting the family farm when I was young and being kidded by my country cousins as a "city slicker." (I really was!!) For the family reading this find peace and strength in John 14 and Psalm 23. The Lord is very aware of our loss in such times.