John was born March 12, 1933, to the late John Beryl and Florence Adah Grimes Stevenson in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1951 and Ohio State University in 1955, where he joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. In 1955 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served as a fighter interceptor pilot flying F-86D jets during the Cold War.
To Ohio agriculture, John was well known for his work on his family farm in Pickaway County and his countless hours spent in service to the industry. John served agriculture in many capacities, including Farm Bureau, county campaign manager for Jim Rhodes, president of Circleville Chamber of Commerce, founder and president of Ohio Corn Growers Association, president National Corn Growers Association, state executive director USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, federal associate director USDA ASCS, state executive director USDA Farm Service Agency, agricultural specialist for office of Congressman Boehner, agricultural affairs liaison for Senator Voinovich, agriculture specialist for Ohio EPA, and division chief for Ohio Department of Agriculture.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Circleville Presbyterian Church,134 East Mound Street, Circleville Ohio 43113 or Forest Cemetery, 905 North Court Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113. Calling hours will be at Wellman Funeral Home on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 3:00-7:00 p.m.at the Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville. Funeral service will be at the Circleville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Forest Cemetery. A gathering and meal will follow at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Online condolences can be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.