John Kline Studenka, 75, of Cincinnati, formerly of Portsmouth,OH, passed peacefully on February 3, 2023. He was born on March 14, 1947 to the late Jarsvlov “John” and Mary Studenka. John was preceded in death by his younger brother Jerry and his beloved Aunt Jeanie Kline.
John is survived by his children Angie Studenka Dodd, Jeff(Kim) Studenka and Dave(Jen) Studenka, and former son-in-law Tom Dodd as well as grandchildren, Maggie, Claire, Beth, Olivia, Ben, Jacob, & Cole, and step grandchildren Matt, Nick & Maria.
John is also survived by his former spouse Sharon Keipper. They started dating at age 14 and they were married for almost 30 years. They were reunited later at the end of their lives when John returned home to Cincinnati, and was lovingly cared for the last several years by his children & their spouses, and his caretakers during his healthcare decline. At the twilight of their lives, John and Sharon lived across the hallway from one another in the same long term care facility, at times visiting each other daily, as they each battled their own cognitive declines and physical illnesses until John passed in peace.
John was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth Ohio. He then went onto graduate from the University of Cincinnati were he played football for the Bearcats. He was always happy wherever he was cheering on his former Football team as #83.
John spent the majority of his professional career at US Shoe, Avon, and Redken. John was also a HAM Radio Operator for over four decades. He also enjoyed shared and taught the art of HAM Radio and Morse Code. And he passed on his call sign N8BXB.
John was a Veteran who Honorably served his country in the US Army. His passions were hunting, & fishing which he shared with his children. He greatly enjoyed his life and loved his family and friends. But, John most enjoyed boating the Ohio River from Portsmouth to Cincinnati as he kept “Rolling On The River…” with some “Old Time Rock and Roll” tunes.
A Catholic Mass at St Mary’s Church, 515 5th street Portsmouth Ohio will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday February 21, 2023.
Following, there will be a Celebration of Life Event at the Oscars Restaurant & Lounge 711 2nd Street Portsmouth Ohio at 11:30am. Dear Friends and Family are invited to join in the Celebration.
There will be a private burial with military honors at Woodlawn Union Cemetery Van Wert Ohio next to his beloved former in laws Paul and Mary Keipper, where Sharon will ultimately join them someday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Hospice of Cincinnati.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Melcher Hammer Funeral Home, Portsmouth Ohio.
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