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John J. Crispino

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Service: 10:00am Wed. March 27th, 2019
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church

Crispino, John J., 76, of Springfield, passed away at 5:37 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio on November 1, 1942 the son of Felix and Florence (Gribbin) Crispino. He was a 1960 graduate of Catholic Central High School in Steubenville. John served for 34 years in the U.S. Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard, before retiring as Chief Master Sergeant. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #624, Ohio Association of Football Officials and the Ohio High School Hall of Fame for Officials. John was also a Green Blazer winner at Catholic Central High School in Springfield for his many years of volunteering for girls volleyball, basketball and softball. Survivors include his wife, Rita A. (Jordan); two children, Christopher Crispino and Denise (Bob) Arnold and his two grandchildren, Jordyn, his pride and joy and Kendra. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Andrew. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Central Athletic Department.
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My deepest condolences. You all will be in my prayers.

- Maria Jackson, Sunday April 7th, 2019

Family I’m so sorry for your loss

- Judith M Gribbin, Saturday March 30th, 2019

Rita and family, I am sorry for your loss, and my sincere condolences. It’s been my pleasure to work with John at Wittenberg for last few years and he will be missed.

- Keith Smith, Thursday March 28th, 2019

Rita & family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences and deepest sympathies to all of you. Sending prayers to all of you.

- Rita Marsh, Wednesday March 27th, 2019

Rita and Family, I know how much you will miss John and so will many others. He was such a fun guy that I will remember always. He had a rich life of family, friends and hobbies. Knowing you will see him again in Heaven is a blessing.

- Kim Zaborniak, Wednesday March 27th, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of John! John was a robust man who had a genuine love for people, especially high school student athletes. To proclaim he dedicated his life to officiating and volunteering high school sports would be a shallow interpretation of his involvement. I know he really loved his family and Catholic Central. If you did know John, you would probably regard him as coming across as somewhat gruff, however, he was really merely a gentle giant focused on accomplishing a desired task toward a achieving a bigger goal. When John became involved, he did so with a contagious enthusiasm for success. He will be missed but it is my hope that his family and friends will pause to reflect on the happy occassions John provided us. I am sure he is already volunteering in heaven until we arrive to help him. Rest in peace, John; enjoy the benefits of having lived a good, Christian life!

- Larry E. Spicer, Wednesday March 27th, 2019

Chris, My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Your father is in a better place now. We'll be praying for you and your family.

- Jeff Lewis, Wednesday March 27th, 2019

My condolences and deepest sympathies to the Crispino family. John was a great man, a shining light, and an inspiration to those who were fortunate enough to have him in their lives. He will be missed by so many.

- Bob Stinson, Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Chris, Denise, and Rita- I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Stacie Hawke-Barnett, Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Chris i am so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Melissa, Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Rita ,Denise and Chris, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad and husband he was a great man and will truly Be missed by all you’re in our thoughts and prayers God bless. Sincerely, The Valentine Family

- Rita Valentine and family, Tuesday March 26th, 2019

Rita, Denise & Chris I am so sorry to hear about Jay's passing. Please accept my condolences, your family is in my prayers.

- Bill Hannon, Tuesday March 26th, 2019

May God's comfort and the wonderful memories continue to sustain you during this time and years to come. God Bless

- Andy Nowlin, Monday March 25th, 2019

Rita & family, so sorry for your loss. Jay will be greatly missed by all. Thoughts, prayers and love to all.

- Paula & Ron Nolan, Monday March 25th, 2019

Rita and family, All are deeply saddened by the passing of John. I/we enjoyed knowing him through football officiating - on the field, at meetings, golfing, and banquets. John was a most special guy to Ohio football officiating. We will miss his participation, contributions, encouragement and friendship. Prayers and best wishes always. Bill Henderly

- Bill Henderly, Monday March 25th, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Crispino family. I always enjoyed John's humor and insights to being a better football official. Sincerely, Aaron

- Aaron Schrein, Monday March 25th, 2019

Rita & Family. I apologize I will be unable to attend the funeral this week, but please know that the entirety of your football officiating family is with you in spirit. John was a great man, a great mentor, and a great encourager to all around him. He will be missed dearly.

- Matt Cook, Monday March 25th, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Crispino family. I always enjoyed John's humor and insights to being a better football official. Sincerely, Aaron

- Aaron Schrein, Monday March 25th, 2019

John will be missed. He’s been a mentor, adviser, companion and friend. He had a positive influence on everyone he touched. May God bless him and shed support to his family.

- Terry Williams, Monday March 25th, 2019

John will be missed. He’s been a mentor, adviser, companion and friend. He had a positive influence on everyone he touched. May God bless him and shed support to his family.

- Terry Williams, Monday March 25th, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the Crispino family on Johns passing. He was always an inspiration for me and many other football officials that knew him for his guidance and dedication to our craft. Johns friendship will be missed.

- Bob Forino, Monday March 25th, 2019

John was a great guy. Good friend. Will be missed.

- Tim Murray-Ellen Howe, Sunday March 24th, 2019

Rite and Family, So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. May God bless and keep you in His care during this time. Sincerely with love, Sissy and Larry

- Sissy and Larry McFarland, Saturday March 23rd, 2019

Rita & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

- Carmelita Stephenson, Saturday March 23rd, 2019

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