Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
March 19, 2012 12:36 pm EDT


MOUNT VERNON — John Jacob Neiderhouser, 97, a resident of Country Club Retirement Campus since 2006, and formerly of Danville, died March 16, 2012, at the retirement center.

He was born April 23, 1914, in Brinkhaven, to the late Will and Mossie P. (Purdy) Neiderhouser. He was the fourth of five children, having four sisters. John graduated with honors from Danville High School in 1932, and attended Hanover College (Indiana). He was a Charter Member of Danville United Methodist Church. John was an outstanding athlete in multiple sports. He was recruited by Branch Rickey to pitch in Minor League Baseball in the St. Louis Cardinal Farm system before returning home to continue to play on local Industrial Teams. He was an active tennis player into his 70s, and he continued to enjoy playing golf into his 90s.

John was married 67 years (1939) to Merry C. Griffin, until her death in November 2006. They were the parents of three children, the late William D. Neiderhouser, and Robert (Wilma Mortine) Neiderhouser and Dorothy “Dee” (Tom) Mickley, both of Mount Vernon. The Neiderhousers raised Merry’s young sister, Nancy (Jim) Spearman, who survives. He was the grandfather of nine, Amy (Lou) Vargo, Andy (Haley) Neiderhouser, Erin (Joe) Creeden, Laurie (Matt) Waddle, Jennifer (Chris) Hedden, Ben (Molly) Neiderhouser, Christian Mickley, Jordan (Julie) Mickley, and Katie Mickley (Bill Stockard); 12 great-grandchildren also survive, as well as one sister, Marjorie Gueulette of Mount Vernon; and a daughter-in-law, Jane (Dolittle) Neiderhouser of Marion. As John so often said, “Oh, we have a wonderful family.”

In addition to his parents, wife and son, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy O’Dell, Coralee Mitchhart and Leona Edwards.

John retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. upon its Mount Vernon plant closure. He was also self-employed at trading and hauling livestock and delivering truckloads of seasonal produce to be sold on the street in front of his home. He was known for his sincere smile and being truly happy and content with his life. A long time ago, a Chautauqua passed through town and the musical minstrels taught young John to play the “bones.” John was particularly happy sharing this talent and loved playing along with the musicians that regularly came to the Country Club Retirement Campus.

Words do not exist that would allow the family to adequately thank the staff and friends at Country Club Retirement Campus who made John’s final years such a joy. “Thank you, Angels!” Many thanks to Hospice of Knox County for the support of the care staff of CCRC, and of John in his final days, as well as his family.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Danville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mary Murtha officiating. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the church. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements. Visit

Memorial donations may be made to the Danville U.M.C., P.O. Box 36, Danville, OH 43014; or to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Oh, how we hate to let you go “Happy Man” but thank you so much for the shared gifts. We are privileged and blessed.

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