John F. Rasnick

September 2, 1956 ~ March 10, 2021 (age 64)


John F. Rasnick, 64, entered into the presence of Jesus, his Lord and Savior on March 10, 2021. He was born in Akron and lived all his life in the Akron area.

How do you sum up the measure of a man such as John in so few words? John was an attorney with Hanna, Rasnick, Evanchan, Palmisano, Hobson, and Fox, LLC. He was also a founding partner for A-1 Concrete Leveling. His life calling was Christian Education, especially for the Akron area. John founded Emmanuel Christian Academy. He served on numerous boards and foundations for many years including The Chapel, City Church, CVCA, Restore Addiction and Recovery, and the Chapel Hill Christian School Endowment Board among others. John was a member of The Chapel. Yet, mentioning all of this does not begin to scratch the impact that he has had in so many ministries, businesses, communities, and individually in so many lives. His passion and heart were evident in everything he did. He loved greatly and was greatly loved. He was a champion of the Gospel of Christ and had a profound impact on all those around him, even through his last breath. While heaven has gained such a great man, he will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Rasnick.

John is survived by his wife, Janelle; mother, Dorothy Rasnick; daughters, Elizabeth “Spud” (Peter) Ingram of Erie, PA, Sarah “Goldie” (Josh) Wiseman of Dayton; son, Robert “Bear” (Brooke) Rasnick of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Knox, Samantha “Sam Bam”, Levi, and one soon to be born; brothers, Jim (Hilda) Rasnick, Robert (Wendy) Rasnick both of Suffield, many nieces and nephews, and 10,000 people who considered him to be their best friend.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Summa Hospital Staff for their care and all of those who have kept John and his family in their prayers.

Interment will be at Tallmadge Cemetery. The ceremony will be available for virtual viewing through the funeral home’s website at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to Emmanuel Christian Academy, 350 South Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44320, CVCA, 4687 Wyoga Lake Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224 or Chapel Hill Christian School, 1090 Howe Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, Oh 44221.        

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Private Services

Donovan Funeral Home - Tallmadge
17 Southwest Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278

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Emmanuel Christian Academy
350 South Portage Path, Akron OH 44320

Chapel Hill Christian School
1090 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221

4687 Wyoga Lake Rd., Cuyahoga Falls OH 44224

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