John "Pops" Highley

October 25, 1925January 4, 2014

John J. ”Pops” Highley, age 88 of Beavercreek, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Eva Irene Highley, in 2007. He was also preceded by his parents, Ernest and Anna Highley, two sisters: Virgie Decker and Gertrude Potts and a brother, Robert Highley. He is survived by a son, John “Russ” Highley and wife Marie Highley of Bellbrook and a grandson, Shane Highley of Kettering. Four sisters also survive him: Margie, Beatrice, Faye and Jesse. John was a US Army Veteran of WWII, serving from 1942-1945 in the European Theatre. He was a truck driver and member of the Teamsters Union for more than 30 years prior to his retirement. He was also employed at the Cork and Bottle and was a member of VFW Post 8312. Friends may call at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall Rd. on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 11 AM until 1 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 10 at 1 PM with Reverend Bev Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in Miami Valley Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Hospice of Dayton or The Alzheimer’s Association in John’s memory.


  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2014

John "Pops" Highley

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Fred Pier

January 16, 2014

You have my sincere sympathy for the passing of your father.

Sharon and Art Wilson

January 9, 2014

Art and I are sorry to hear of your Pop's passing. Sounds like he was well thought of and enjoyed life.

Joyce an Inez Golden

January 8, 2014

R.I.P my dear friend,never forget our laughs together at cork&bottle

Lisa Back

January 8, 2014

Pops was loved by everyone who came in contact with him! He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Grandpa Highley.

Denny Wells

January 8, 2014

My sincere sympathy to the Highley family on the passing of John. Marie Surface was my mother and she and my brother Kenny were neighbors of John and Irene when they all lived on Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek. John and Irene were very kind to Mom and Kenny. Mom didn't drive and Irene sometimes needed help with her motor scooter. John would load the scooter into Irene's van and she would pick up Mom and sometimes Kenny and off they would go for parts unknown. They especially liked the garage sales and the "rag bags" (thrift stores). Mom would unload the scooter and they would zip all over the place. Often at the end of the day they would pick up John and go someplace to eat. It is nice to think of them together again.

Daryl & Teri Daulton

January 7, 2014

The real-life Paul Bunyon has left us, RIP Uncle John.