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John was born on Jan. 16, 1935, at home on the family's farm in Findley Township, Mercer County. He was the youngest of five children of Joseph and Mary Somora.
While growing up, John attended the Albin one-room schoolhouse in Findley Township.
Due to his mother's untimely death, he dropped out of school at a young age to work on the family farm.
He later returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University.
John served in the United States Marine Corps for four years.
He retired after 35 years as owner and operator of Somora Construction in Grove City.
He was a member of the F. and A.M. Lodge 603, Grove City. In his younger years, he enjoyed skiing, roller-skating and dancing.
He is survived by a daughter, Denise Boughner and companion Anthony "Tony" Malachin, Girard, Ohio; two sons, Carl J. Somora and wife Corean, Fairview, N.C., and Scott Somora and wife Margaret, Grove City; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Rose Somora in Arizona.
His parents; a sister Mary; and two brothers, Tony and George, preceded John in death.
Memorials can be made to any charity that supports veterans' benefits.
John, 83, formerly of Grove City.
Calling hours: From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (1-13-19) at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME INC., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Service: Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday (1-14-19) in the funeral home, with the Rev Willard Morse officiating.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Park Inc., with military honors.
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