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April 2, 1939 — May 17, 2021 (age 82)

HOWLAND — Dr. John C. Schuster D.D.S., 82, passed away Tuesday (May 17).

He was born April 2, 1939 in Campbell, son of John Joseph and Mary Helen (Bednarik) Schuster.

John was a 1957 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.

He went to Kent State University on an academic and football scholarship as a quarterback. From there, he went on to graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in 1964.

While in school, he was a member of the PSI Omega Dental Fraternity as well as Proctor of Claud Foster Hall. 

He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California as a field medical school officer as well as a lieutenant in the Navy. He later served in Chu Lai, Vietnam in the B Medical Battalion of the third Marine Division as a triage officer as well as an oral surgeon.

After returning from serving his country, he was accepted into his internship and residency with Youngstown Hospital Association at Northside and Southside hospitals.

He established his dental practice on Howland Corners where he practiced for 52 years.

He was a member of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society of 52 years as well as the American Dental Association. 

His hobbies include watching Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns football as well as coaching his son's baseball teams.

He loved doing yard work as well as maintaining his office and practicing dentistry.

As a beloved father, his biggest enjoyment was spending time with his family and being their mentor. He was kind-hearted and generous. always going out of his way to lend a helping hand when needed. 

He is survived by his former spouse and lifelong companion, Jeannette Schuster; a daughter, Lori Kinkela of Poland; sons John (Kimberly) Schuster of Howland and Brian Schuster of Vienna; siblings Florence, Bertha, Charlotte, Mary Ann, Betty, Bob, Ron, Ed, Joyce, Bernadette and Larry; and grandchildren McKenzie and Kaylee.

Visitation will be held Tuesday (May 25) from 1 to 2 p.m. at Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., 258 Poland Ave., Struthers, followed by a service at 2 p.m. The burial will take place at Poland Riverside Cemetery with a military service by the U.S. Navy. The family and funeral home will be practicing social distancing and proper health protocols.Guests must wear a mask or facial covering. 

The family would like donations to go to the: Youngstown VA Clinic, 1815 Belmont Ave., Youngstown Ohio 44504-1106.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dr. John C. Schuster, visit our floral store.

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