He was was a graduate of Lorain High School and had served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He had lived most of his life in Elyria. John worked for U.S.S. Kobe Steel in Lorain for over 20 years, the former Thew Shovel Company in Elyria and later, was a self-employed carpenter. His hobbies included cooking, fishing and spending time with his family.
John is survived by his daughters, Samantha Weir and Amanda Shibley, both of Elyria; four grandchildren; brother, Leon Shibley of Elyria; and a sister, Judy Mangen of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon F. and Mary (nee Wahl) Shibley; and a sister, Marilyn Liszak.
A memorial service will be 4 P.M., Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria, with Reverend Bret S. Myers officiating. Elyria V.F.W. #1079 Elyria will conduct military honors at the funeral home.