John Ross Darlin, 84, of New Trenton, Indiana, passed away at home Monday February 15, 2021. He was born March 1, 1936 in Cleveland, OH, son of the late Lewis Darlin and Ruth (Brumenschenkel) Darlin. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War 1953-57 and then continued on to attend Miami University Oxford, Ohio.
Johns life spanned many careers as an entrepreneur; Auctioneer/Antique Dealer, Real Estate Broker, Marina Operator, Restaurateur, licensed as a Vessel Captain, Brewer/Vintner, Actor, and most recently Jewelry Artist in numerous juried art shows, including Summerfair at Coney Island. He designed a bracelet for the 131st Kentucky Derby and a signature piece for the Governor’s wife “the first ladies’ choice” bracelet.
He was an active member of the Oxford, Ohio Kiwanis and weekly Vendor at the Oxford Farmers Market selling his Schoolhouse Lavender and coveted gold wire bracelets/rings. John’s natural white beard made him perfect for his passion as Santa Claus for many local Cities, Charities and recently the Polar Express in Cleveland. He was an avid fisherman, boater, camper, horseback rider/barrel races and lover of all outdoor activities. John and Val lived on a refurbished 50’ Navy Trawler Boat for 4 years, traversing the Ocean, Rivers and making many new friends.
Reading and educating himself was a daily activity always by a fireplace with his faithful dogs, Tucker and Sadie. John’s many bird feeders hanging on the fruit trees were filled daily attracting so many varieties of Birds.
John is survived by his loving spouse Valeria "Val" (Nocks) Darlin, Daughters, Laura (Mark) Darlin-Buten of Ft. Thomas, KY, Susan "Suzi" Darlin of Cleveland, OH; Shawn O'Haver, Jacksonville, FL, Sarah O'Haver, Cincinnati, OH; Brother, William (Arlene) Darlin, Santa Anna, CA; He insisted on being called Grandfather and taught his Grandsons to follow his passion of fishing and snow skiing, Michael Buten, Nick (Camille) Buten, and Andrew Buten; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his Brothers, Lou and Bob. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
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