John Rettos

December 1, 1930June 3, 2021

John Rettos, formerly of Coshocton, passed away June 3, 2021 peacefully, surrounded by family. He was born December 1, 1930 in Yorkville, Ohio to the late Michael and Mary (Makras) Rettos.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Reba Thomas Rettos; one son, Christopher John (Jean) Rettos of Athens, Ohio, daughter Andrea Lynne (David) Glass of Columbus, Ohio and daughter-in-law Lyn (Socrates) Rettos. Also surviving are grandchildren Jessica Glass (Joshua) Bergeron, Michael Glass, John Robert Glass, Brooke Rettos (Brandon) Shean, Blythe Rettos, and great-grandchildren Evelynne Bergeron, John Bergeron, and Eli Shean. Also surviving are a brother Nick (Imogene) Rettos of St. George, Utah and sister Stella Pappas of Morgantown, West Virginia. A son Socrates John Rettos and brother George Rettos preceded John in death.

John graduated from Coshocton High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also attended Miami University, Purdue University and the Oregon College of Education.

John served in the US Army from 1953 – 1955 and was stationed in Germany for thirteen months.

He returned to Coshocton to teach at his alma mater from 1955 – 1986. During those years, he was active in the Coshocton City Education Association having served as president and head negotiator for several years. He was an advocate for teachers’ rights. John served on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Ohio Teachers’ Association and for one year served as president of that organization. John believed that learning was a life-long activity and encouraged his students to continue learning new things through formal education or through life and work experiences.

For many years, John was active with the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival serving as co-chairman of the Planning Committee for five years.

He was a member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association, the Coshocton County Retired Teachers Association, and a life member of the Ohio Education Association.

John attended Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as Senior Warden on the Vestry. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Given Dawson Paisley Funeral Home from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Coshocton, officiated by Rob Morris. Burial will follow the funeral service at South Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival PO Box 1062 Coshocton, OH 43812

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival


  • Calling Hours

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


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David Kleesattel

June 20, 2021

My condolences to the Rettos family. I was good childhood friends with John’s son, Soc. In the summer of 1974, my family was planning on leaving the Coshocton area. John and Reba invited me to vacation with them and their 3 children to Myrtle Beach, SC. John treated me as one of his own and I had a wonderful time; I have lifelong memories of that trip and my friendship with the Rettos family. Rest In Peace John, you’re a good man.

Don and Marty McKay-Rodabaugh

June 12, 2021

Dear Reba, Chris, and Andi,

It was such an honor to have known and worked with John. He was truly a man of integrity. His delightful sense of humor was always such a joy! He touched many lives, and was such a blessing to our community. He will be sadly missed!

Your friends,
Marty Rodabaugh
Don McKay

Patricia Holmes

June 11, 2021

Reba and family, i am sorry for your loss John taught me in high school many years ago. I reconnected with you when my brother and sister-in-law became neighbors with you. ( Gene and Sylvia Lillibridge ) before their passing .He was a wonderful man, sorry again for your loss.

Diana Olinger

June 10, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Mr. Rettos' passing tonight. He was one of my favorite teachers and people, and for some reason he was stuck in my head at the age where he taught me World History. I later led my Government class to sit on his classroom floor when I was a Senior. I can see it like it was yesterday.

I know he lived a long life, but the kindest and inspiring of all people never seem to live long enough. My heart goes out to his family and all who loved him. He will live on in history through all he taught and lives he touched. Until we meet again...

Judy Reed

June 9, 2021

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Have many fond memories over the years. God watch over your family at this very sad time.
Judy Stevens Reed
Class of 1962

James Shivers

June 9, 2021

My condolences to Reba and the John Rettos family. I will miss my conversations with John , especially at church , Trinity Episcopal Church. He will be missed and always remembered !

God Bless,

Jim and Nancy Shivers

Gaye Lynn Morgan

June 8, 2021

Dear Reba and Family,
We are so sorry to read of John's passing. We remember your family fondly and pray that God will comfort you in the days ahead.

Love, Evelyn Johnson and Gaye Lynn Johnson Morgan

Paul Miller

June 8, 2021

John was a wonderful neighbor, mentor, colleague and friend. He left us with years of great memories that we will treasure forever. We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to Reba and the family. Paul, Donna, Ron, Sheri and Mark Miller

Kathy Hendricks

June 8, 2021

John and Reba were a vital part of elections in our office. Very honest, caring and such a joy to be around. We have missed you both. Our hearts go out to the family at this time. And every time we see hot air balloons, we think of you!

Peter Madsen

June 8, 2021

Rest in peace John Rettos, you have led a full life for your family and for your past students in your teaching career. It was a pleasure to get to know you at the end of your career and life. Our condolences from our family go out to your family at this time. The Peter Madsen Family.