John was born on June 27, 1943 in Ravenna, Ohio to parents Victor and Alma (Helmling) McFarland.
John earned a physics degree from Mount Union College and early in his career spent time with Martin Motors and Teledyne Monarch Rubber Co. He was also Owner and President of Config.com in Ravenna for many years.
John attended the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna and had been very active with the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair. He had a love of local history and active with the Portage County Historical Society and other historical groups. John visited the library almost every day, where he enjoyed researching local history.
John is survived by his cousins George Helmling and Charles (Carolyn) Helmling. Surviving also are his good friends and neighbors James and Mary Kay Viall and many friends and associates.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Lydia in 2021.
Private burial at Maple Grove Cemetery has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.
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