MASSILLON — John Neal Stocker, 52, of Massillon, formerly of Newcomerstown, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at home.
He was born April 20, 1965 in Coshocton to the late Jon Neil Stocker and Patricia (Shivers) Loader of Newcomerstown and her husband, Larry Loader, who was John's father. He was a 1983 Newcomerstown High School graduate. He was a Rights Advocate for the State of Ohio. He was a member of Elks Lodge #1555 of Newcomerstown. He was an avid Cleveland sports fan especially for the Browns and Indians, and also for the Massillon Tigers. He loved Ohio State and attending concerts.
On Oct. 15, 2009, he married Patty Jo (Strobelt) Stocker who passed away on March 31, 2014. On Oct. 22, 2016, he got his happily ever after when he married Carla A. Gonzales’ who survives. He is also survived by his four children, Deidre Stocker of North Canton, Jake Stocker of Cincinnati, Mitchel Stocker and Kyle Stocker both of Caldwell; five step-children, Dan and Nate Monea, Alexander, Emily, and Nicholas Thurby; one grandchild, Charleston Stocker; three sisters, Tammy (Kevin) Hannahs, Trisha Wharff, and Jennifer (Jeff) McGough all of Newcomerstown; several nieces and nephews; his best friend, Ben Wright; his mother-in-law, Margaret Gonzales and her late husband Joseph James Gonzales.
A memorial service was to be Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Addy Funeral Home with Pastor Al Dangelo officiating. Visitation was to be on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
John's gift to everyone was his continuous smile and his ornery sense of humor. Every person he met was affected by his enthusiasm and zest for life. Even in his toughest times, he continued to brighten the world with his gift of laughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to Massillon Tigers Athletic Dept., 1 Paul E Brown Dr SE, Massillon, OH 44646. Online condolences may be made at www.addyfuneralhome.com.