Let the memory of John be with us forever
  • 58 years old
  • Born on March 11, 1960 .
  • Passed away on June 30, 2018 .

John Louis Zerkel Jr., known to most as “Johnny” or “Little John”, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Englewood, Ohio, on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the age of 58. 

He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Carolyn L. Zerkel (O’Grady), and an older infant sister. He leaves behind his only child and beloved daughter, Shannon (Shanun) Miller, adoring grandson Miles Stone, devoted father John L. Zerkel Sr., sisters Teresa Zerkel and Sharon (Rob) Hampton, numerous nieces and nephews, longtime companion Donna Gibson, and her children Dallis and Gabbrielle Howell. John was a great lover of history, dogs, nature, cooking, and his family. He was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed. 

A memorial gathering will be held at the Roundhouse at the Tipp City Park on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 1-4PM.

Professional arrangements entrusted to W.E. Lusain Funeral Home.

Posted by Lynn Kinstle on 9th September 2018
John, I was captivated with you the minute you came bouncing through the door that night, not even knowing who you were related to. I feel deeply in love with you. I know you loved me too. I will always know how much you loved me. I thank you for making me your wife and sharing your family with me. I knew from the beginning how very important your daughter was to you and your family. I loved your daughter and your family dearly. I never stopped loving you or them. You will always have a special place in my heart as they will too. Your mom wrote me a letter thanking me for coming into your life, I will always cherish that, there is so much more I would love to say, but it would take forever. Just know I thank you for the good times and I will always have those memories of how special you were in your own way. Thank you for everything. Know you will always be loved and remembered. I know you are at peace now. I pray for your daughter and the rest of your family to find peace with your being gone and get through this. Just knowing you are at peace now makes this a little more bearable. My heart sincerely goes out to all of your family. I never stopped loving or caring about you. I remember what you always told me, Desperado by the Eagles. Consider it done, the last thing I could do for you.
Posted by Donna Gibson on 15th August 2018
John my love, THE MOMENT THAT YOU LEFT ME My heart split in two. One side filled with memories , the other side died with you. I often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep, And take a trip down memory lane With tears upon my cheeks. Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday. But missing you is a heartache That never goes away . I hold you tightly within my heart and There you will remain. See life has to go on without you But it will never be the same. I love and miss you John you was my whole world and to me I feel like my whole world has just been ripped away from me and I feel so alone and lost without you, Your the one that picked me up when I thought the worst, your the one that comforted me when I thought it was the end of the world when everyone and everything seemed to be falling apart. And you are the one that actually believed in me in everything that I did, you would always say “Babe you got this” and the words you would say “ always remember your my better half “ And your the one that loved me for who I am, not what others wanted me to be... You loved me unconditionally and I will forever hold you in my heart. We had the best 16 years together and we were supposed to grow old together like we talked about so many times, but God needed you more and I can except that. Miss and love you now and forever always See you when its my time. Love always and forever Your better half Donna
Posted by Sandra Zerkel on 5th August 2018
Dearest John, Sharon and Theresa, So sorry to you John and your family! It is so difficult to lose a son/brother at such a young age. Johnny was always so sweet to me and I loved him! Johnny has met the All Merciful God. John, Don and I are here for you if you need anything. We love you all. Don and Sandy
Posted by Shanun Miller on 1st August 2018
Daddy, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you in my life. You taught me how to be myself with no apologies, how to be strong against adversity and how to love even when it’s hard. You stood by me, always supporting my decisions, telling me how proud you were every step of the way, and loved me no matter what. And like the card that I gave you almost 20 years ago says, which you still carried around in your wallet, I.O.U. a lifetime of thanks. Miles and I will always love you and will forever keep your memory alive.
Posted by Brenda Miller on 1st August 2018
Thank you John for the many years together and for the blessing of Shannon and Miles. Without you I would have neither. I pray you are at peace. You will always be remembered and loved.

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