John Michael Lynn

March 2, 1946 - April 28, 2020
John Michael Lynn

John Michael Lynn (Mike), 74, of Wellsville, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at home following after a short battle with insidious cancer.

Mike was born March 2, 1946 in Cleveland, OH, the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Blandford) Lynn. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Joyce (Nugent) Lynn, whom he married on July 3, 1972, as well as his little brother Steven.

Mike graduated from Beaver Local High School in 1965. He proudly served his country in the Air Force. He did a tour-of-duty in Vietnam, where he was stationed in Pleiku and survived the Tet Offensive in 1968. He retired from U.S. Airways and also worked at Crucible Steel in Midland, PA before it was shuttered. Mike was also a past Treasurer of the old city of Wellsville; on the Board of Trustees of the Buckeye Water District and past Exulted Ruler of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1040. In addition, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Wellsville Historical Society and Sons of Italy. Mike was also a member of the dearly departed Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Even though he graduated from Beaver Local he was converted by his kids to being an avid fan of Wellsville Tiger sports. Mike also bled black and gold and could always be heard by the neighbors screaming at the TV when the PGH Steelers were playing.

Survivors include his three children: Steven and his wife Sarah of Silver Spring, MD; Melissa Stifano and her husband Antonio of Los Angeles, CA and Anne Raphington of Youngstown, OH., as well as three siblings: two sisters, Julia Lynn of Pittsburgh, PA and Mary Jo Stewart of Tampa, FL, and one brother, Andrew Lynn of Clearwater, FL. Mike also leaves behind three grandchildren: Alexandra, Nicholas and Makenna.

According to Mike’s wishes no funeral services are planned. Burial will be at Columbia County Memorial Park.

Mike’s care has been entrusted to the MacLean Chapel of the Care Funeral and Cremation Specialist in Wellsville, Ohio.


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  • May 01, 2020
    Tom Greenwood says:
    Mike was a great man and a good friend. He was always willing to step up when someone needed him. He will be missed.

  • May 02, 2020
    Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of John Michael Lynn, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, John Michael Lynn, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  • May 02, 2020
    Marguerite and Arch Smuck says:
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We are shocked to hear of Mike's passing. He was a great neighbor and we will miss him.

  • May 03, 2020
    Tina M Smith says:
    Lynn Family, please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. Tina Smith

  • May 04, 2020
    Lynn Beatty-Hyder says:
    Dear Andy and Dorothy and all of Mike's family, I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. I always enjoyed the stories and information that posted on Facebook. He was such a nice man! Sending you my Deepest Sympathy and hoping that you will find peace in your memories!