MOUNT VERNON — John Stephen “Santa” Yarman, 67, of Mount Vernon, went to be with his Lord Sept. 27, 2012, following a courageous battle with illness.
He was born in Mount Vernon May 19, 1945, to H. Wayne and Ruth A. (Breckler) Yarman and spent his childhood and young adult life in Amity, along with siblings, Paul, Ron, Eva and Miles; numerous cousins; and friends. That is also where he met the love of his life, Patty (Dunham) Yarman, who he married July 2, 1967.
Following his high school graduation in 1963, Steve was employed 12 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPGIndustries). He was then hired as one of the first employees at Kelsey Hayes, working as a foreman (getting his tires slashed and receiving threatening phone calls during a strike) and later serving as a union steward and president. He also worked for Cooper Energy Services and later the Ohio Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) as a machinist in Jacksontown. Steve transferred to Knox County in 1997 to work as a highway worker 3. While employed by ODOT he taught QSTP classes and served as union steward and president. He retired in 2005 with 20 years of state service.
For 15 years love for his Lord shown through while singing bass with “The Layman Singers” and during choir at Amity UMC. Later, with joy in his heart, sang in the choir and taught bible study at Mulberry Street UMC. Steve coached football and baseball when his sons were little and won numerous awards while serving as president of the Mount Vernon Lions club. However the greatest passion of his life was his 20 year Christian portrayal as the Mount Vernon “Santa Claus.” He brought joy, hope and love to so many, both young and young at heart.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patty (Dunham) Yarman of Mount Vernon; a son, Dwayne of Howard; a son, John Scott (Toni) of Danville; and a daughter, Karen (Lee) Luebke of Mount Vernon. Also surviving are his brothers, Paul (Ann) Yarman of Bellville; Ron (Rita) Yarman of Howard; and a sister, Eva Yarman of Amity. He is also survived by his beautiful and talented grandchildren, Haleigh, Austin, Nathan, Jacin, Loren Jessie, Taylor and Mashawn; and by “Farina” Patty’s guide dog. There are much loved nieces; nephews; cousins; cherished friends; too numerous to mention.
Steve was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Wilma Saunders; a nephew, Troy Yarman; a sister-in-law, Barbara (Hively) Yarman; his parents, H. Wayne and Ruth A. Yarman; his younger brother, Miles Yarman; and retired guide dog, “Roosevelt.”
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Amity United Methodist Church, 16659 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon with Revs. Rodney Buchanan and Warren Outhwaite officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Interchurch Social Services, P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Private condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of John Stephen Yarman “Santa”. Today you walk with our Lord and all his heavenly saints. Let the questions begin!Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.