John R. Banks

September 12, 1948July 29, 2018
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Banks, John R.

Following a lengthy battle with cancer on July 29, 2018 JOHN R. BANKS; beloved husband of Gail M. Banks (formerly Grundman); loving father of Andrea Banks and her partner Bryan Thunstedt and Andrew Banks and his wife Kathy; devoted son of Robert and Gloria “June” Banks; dear brother of James Banks and his children, Jane Roof and Bob Banks; adoring “Grandad” of Angela and Liam. Also lovingly survived by Gail’s children, Bryce G. Riebel and Tena M. Mannion and their children, Sarah, George and Margot and numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm and on Friday, August 3, 10am-12noon with a Celebration of John’s life beginning at 12noon.

Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed in John’s name to the American Cancer Society, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Celebration Of Life Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, August 3, 2018

John R. Banks

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Jodie Franklin

August 8, 2018

I first came to Hopkins in 1989. We had all ABI equipment and John was our service engineer for years. I really enjoyed talking with him while he repaired the instruments. In fact we have a DNA synthesizer named “John” that we still use. I will remember him fondly. My condolences to you all.

Kathy Rioux

August 4, 2018

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Kathy Rioux

August 4, 2018

We first met John about a year ago when he and my sister, Gail, became engaged. We immediately felt a bond because of our shared faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We went to a Robin Mark concert together and we were all very blessed by the Lord. John reflected the peace and strength of the Lord throughout his journey. Both Rick and I were so happy for John and Gail and shared the joy of their marriage celebration, and we are now so saddened that the Lord has taken him home after such a short while. Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers go out to Gail as well as John's family.

Anna & Rich Keller

August 1, 2018

Gail, your cousin Rich and I are so saddened to hear of the passing of your husband John. We remember seeing some of your photos and thought you both looked so happy. We hope your wonderful memories of your time together with him will help provide some comfort to you. Our deepest condolences to you and to the family.

Maureen McGinley

July 31, 2018

I am so saddened by John's passing. As cousins, we were like close friends. I will miss him very much.



Golf, hunting (rifle and bow), fishing, boxing, bowling, gardening, dancing, and travel.
Accomplishments and awards: North Hills High School – Varsity letter in Golf (1966); Sargent-Welch Scientific Company – Outstanding Achievement in Sales Orientation and Training (May 8, 1981).

Too many to enumerate. John never knew a stranger, they were all friends he had not yet met. However, one special friend was the Rev. Nathan M. Butler, his neighbor and buddy.

Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity (1968), Traditional Bow Hunters of Maryland, National Rifle Association of America, National Parks Conservation Association, PennState Alumni Association, the Republican Party, and many business associations.

1966 - Graduated from North Hills High School in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
June 1970 – The Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Science – Major in Microbiology
Nov. 1978 – The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Master of Science – Biological Chemistry
July 1987 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Certificate from Donaldson Brown Center for Continuing Education – Workshop – IBM-PC Microcomputer Interfacing, Scientific Instrument Automation, and Control

Religious background:
John was raised in the Catholic Church and was an altar boy, then attended Lutheran churches after he married. Later John attended St. William of York Catholic Church and pursued bible study classes. He then attended the Glen Burnie Church of Christ where he continued bible study classes and was baptized July 15, 2015. Finally, he switched to the Westside Church of Christ due to its convenient location. John and Gail were married at this church.

Played various sports in school including boxing and golf. John played golf his whole life.
Vacations and travel: Costa Rica (2001), Ireland and Scotland (2016) cruise to the southern Caribbean (2017), Arizona and the Grand Canyon (2018). John traveled so much for business that he had an International Driving Permit issued October 5, 1985.

John was very fond of animals and had dogs and cats off and on most of his life. His last dog was Bear. After Bear passed away, John took to feeding the deer who lived in the woods behind his house.

Community involvement:
John was a good neighbor, but not involved in any of the community associations that I know of. He made it a point to know his neighbors and would offer assistance whenever needed.

John started up his own business after he officially retired (Bioais LLC), however, he was in the process of winding down his business so he could retire for good.

Personality traits:
John had an outgoing personality and made friends easily. He could talk to anyone about anything. He had a great sense of humor and was easy to be with. He was affectionate and kind, thoughtful and honest.