John H. Sempkowski

July 2, 1955 - March 9, 2024

John Henry Sempkowski, 68, of Rayland, Ohio passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

He was born July 2, 1955 a son of the late Thomas Maynard Cominsky and surviving mother, Ida (Hayman) Cominsky.

He was a proud Coal Miner and Fire Boss at various Coal Mines, concluding his dedicated career at Tunnel Ridge.

Throughout his life, John exemplified the virtues of hard work and dedication. Known for his strong work ethic, he found fulfillment in his roles within the mining industry. He was respected by his colleagues and cherished by his family as the best father and a great man.

In his leisure time, John found solace in the great outdoors, enjoying the thrill of the hunt and the tranquility of fishing. His love for nature and the simplicity it offered brought him much joy throughout his life. He was known for his craftsmanship and passion for woodworking. He dedicated much of his life to honing his skills in creating beautiful pieces from wood, leaving behind a legacy of artistry that will long be remembered.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Sempkowski, mother, Ida Cominsky, daughters, Johnette “Nik” (Mike) Papp, Janna (Ryan) Schorr, step-children, Stormie Snider, Alex Blakely, Ethan Horvath, siblings, Tom “Ding” (Tammy) Cominsky, Tammy (Butch) Kotera, Donald (Betty) Sempkowski, Scott (Amanda) Cominsky, Curtis Sempkowski, grandchildren, Ian Schorr, Mason Walton, Winston Lightener, and animals, Niko, Marvin, Buttons, CiCi, Annie and Moo.

Per John’s wishes, there will be no visitation. There will be a celebration of John’s life in the summer.

Arrangements are entrusted to Care Funeral and Cremation Specialists 204 W. Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help offset the costs by going to

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    John Schultz says:
    John and I were friends and hunting buddies for over 50 years. So many memories of our times together. He never put himself first or complained. Memories from when I helped him deliver Sunday papers in snow storms to hunting, fishing, and trapping, in Ohio, West Virginia, and Colorado. Too many memories to list. I sure will miss him. Rest In Peace my dear buddy, John Boy.

  • March 12, 2024
    William and Cheryl Morelli says:
    There are no words to express our heartfelt sorrow in hearing of John’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor who always looked out for us and our grandchildren. His mini farm of animals were a great learning experience for our grandchildren. He and Bill developed an amazing friendship as well. I will miss him sitting on his chair under the apple tree with his pigs! A good man that was taken to soon from us. Fly high John! Until we meet again!

  • March 12, 2024
    Kelly Sempkowski says:
    I am so Blessed to have my husband in my life he showed me a love that I never felt from anyone he made me feel safe he loved me unconditionally and he was my best friend I’m heartbroken and lost without him and will never get over him he was the fire in my heart and my everything He will never be a distant memory and I will keep him in my heart forever He was a good hearted caring honest man he went above and beyond for the people he loved and cared for and will leave his legacy of a man of love kindness and memories for all who’s lives he touched I Love You Forever Sweetheart