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John Lee Ayers

John Lee Ayers

John Lee Ayers, 78, of Washington, West Virginia, passed away July 31st, 2020, at home. He was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, November 26, 1941, the son of the late Samuel and Evelyn (George) Ayers.

John graduated from Parkersburg High School with the Class of 1959 and proudly played the trumpet in the Big Red Band. He was also in the Wrestling program.

Upon graduation he was employed by the former Big Bear Store for two years and later was employed by Marbon, Borg Warner, and then GE Plastics for 38 years as a Mechanic. He retired in 2001.

John was a taxidermist in the 70s and 80s, where he met a lot of outdoorsmen. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved going fishing at Mountwood Lake for trout in the spring. He coached Tri C baseball and football for several years.

John was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of Moose Lodge 1118. He loved watching Nascar, football, and Basketball. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and of course winning. His wife called him Mr. Canasta.

Surviving John is his wife Karen G. Caplinger, Hardman, Ayers, Sons, Edmond, (Deanna) Ayers, Michael, (LuAnn) Ayers. Step-daughter Brooke Ewing. Grandchildren Jessica Casto, Derik (Christen) Ayers, Melissa (Kate) Ayers, Weston Ayers, Kyle Ayers, and Kayla Ayers. Four great grandchildren, Keziah Ayers, Elijah, Jordan, and Garrett Casto, One Sister Nancy Kirk and several nieces and nephews.

John will be deeply missed by his puppies, Winston, Billie Jean, MJ, Waldo, and little sweetie Pee Wee. He enjoyed them so much. I’m sure his most loved dog, Cujo will find him in heaven.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years Sandra L. (Crook) Ayers. Also twin sisters at birth.

As per John’s request there will be no visitation or service and his body will be donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University.