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John A. Brashen, 89; of Hubbard, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at home, with his family at his side.
In the last days of his life, John received Christ as his Savior before entering eternal rest with Him. Although quite weak in the last months of his life, he still exhibited the same spark of life that made him the loving, caring man that he was. A machinist for most of his life, his favorite expression for any good accomplishment by his family was, "It's almost perfect!" He is now in the presence of a perfect God.
John was born April 18, 1928, in Sharpsville, a son of John and Kathryn (Zachik) Brashen.
He leaves his wife, Mary (Faber) Brashen, to whom he was married for 67 years. He leaves his children. Randy (Jo Anne) Brashen, Charles Brashen and Paula (Dr. John) Jakubek. He so enjoyed his grandchildren, Jill (Max) Hammond, Joy Jakubek, and J.J. Jakubek; and his great-grandchildren, Dodge and Zoe Hammond.
He is also survived by his brother, Joseph P. Brashen; and his sister, Ruth Brashen.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Edwin Gresley and Francis Gresley; and his sister, Elsie Van Gazelle Gursky.
John was a lifelong resident of the area, moving from Sharon to Hubbard when he married. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, and was member of the Masons.
John worked for Westinghouse as a machinist for more than 40 years, and that is where he met his sweetheart. He also spent many years as a referee for area high school basketball games, and an umpire for local Pennsylvania softball leagues.
After his retirement in 1985, he was very dedicated to his job as a bus driver for the Hubbard School System. He was dedicated to his wife, family, Grace Lutheran Church and friends. John was always ready to help as he loved a good challenge, making things and solving problems.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in memory of John to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

BRASHEN
John A., 89, of Hubbard, Ohio.
Calling hours: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday (12-16-17) at Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Hall Ave., Hubbard, Ohio. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.stewart-kyle.com.
Service: Funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday (12-16-17) at the church, with Pastor Dirk van der Duim officiating.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon.
Arrangements by STEWART-KYLE FUNERAL HOME, 407 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, Ohio.
Published on December 14, 2017
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