John Eathen Fast, age 80, of rural Celina,

passed away at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017

at Mercy Health - St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.


Born January 10, 1937 in Mercer County, he was the eldest

child of the late Carson C. & Loretta M. (Now) Fast.


John and Ada Ruth Enyart were married on June 25, 1960, 

and she survives, along with their daughter, Twyla (Pete) Hayes 

of Rockford, son, John Douglas (Tammey) Fast of Live Oak, FL, 

four grandchildren: Jared Hayes, Nicholas (Elizabeth) Hayes, 

Ethan (Rachel) Hayes and Jeremy (Marischa) Fast, and 

five great grandchildren.


Also surviving are his brothers & sisters: Wilma Snyder of Dublin,

Larry (Mary Lou) Fast of Sylvania, Janis (Ron) Malish of Centerville,

Jim (Pat) Fast of St. Marys and Vickie (Rick) Muse of Westerville,

and in-laws: Mary Fast, Mary (Gene) Steiner, Joshua Howell, 

Mae Enyart and Jeanie Enyart.


Preceding John in death were his brother, Dean Fast,

and in-laws: Dorothy (Robert) Flore, Don Enyart, Barbara Enyart,

Jean Howell, Mike Enyart and Jerry Enyart.


John was a 1955 graduate of Rockford High School. A lifelong farmer  

in Hopewell Township, he had also worked at Huffy Bicycles as an 

inspector, retiring after 43 years of service. John was a lifelong member 

of Mt. Tabor Church of God, Celina.


He arose every morning at 5:30 a.m. to read the Bible before beginning 

his work day.  A very generous person, John enjoyed cutting wood, which 

he gave to others. He liked to spend time doing woodworking projects

in the one room schoolhouse on his farm.


John was extremely interested in history and geography, and wrote a book 

entitled "John E. Fast's U.S.A., State by State, County by County", which 

contains history and interesting facts about each county in every state. 

John would print copies of the book himself, giving them to anyone interested.


Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 4

at Mt. Tabor Church of God, Celina, with Pastors Darwin Dunten and 

Richard Van Horn officiating. 

Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.


Calling Hours are 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, November 3

at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina,

and an hour prior to services on Saturday, at the church.


Memorial Contributions may be made to Mt. Tabor Church of God 

or the Cancer Association of Mercer County.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online 




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