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John B. Beres

November 7, 1933 ~ March 21, 2021 (age 87)


John Burke Beres, 87, of Montpelier, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at his home. He was born on November 7, 1933 in Edon to John George and Blanche (Burke) Beres. John attended Edon High School. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John married Shirley B. Booker and she preceded him in death on August 20, 2001.  

After serving in the military, John worked for 3M in Montpelier. He continued his career working at Bard Manufacturing in Bryan as plant supervisor retiring after 30+ years in 1999.  After retirement he worked at Winzeler Stamping Company in Montpelier for several years. He was a member of the American Legion in Fremont, IN, formerly attended Bridgewater Community Church and at one point coached the Cooney Wildcats. John is described as a die-hard fan of the Cleveland Browns, who enjoyed being outside and having fun and teasing his grandkids.

He is survived by his children, Jack (Treasa) Beres of Pioneer, Dottie (Dennis) Cook of Montpelier and Cathy (Terry) Mavis of Archbold; seven grandchildren, Rockie, Heather, Derek, Damon, Chrissy, Nicki and Tyson; and eleven great grandchildren.  

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley Beres; three sisters, Clarinda Copeland, Roberta Miller and Sharon Smith; and two brothers, Frankie Beres and Terry Dunham.

Visitation for John will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4-8 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A funeral service will take place on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:00 at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Pitman to officiate. Interment will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer with military honors being presented by the Pioneer Veterans. Those wishing to attend services are to abide by state mandates of mask wearing and social distancing. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

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March 25, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thompson-Funeral Home - Montpelier - East Main St.
204 East Main Street
Montpelier, OH 43543

Funeral Service
March 26, 2021

11:00 AM
Thompson-Funeral Home - Montpelier - East Main St.
204 East Main Street
Montpelier, OH 43543

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