John K. Lehto

MARYSVILLE — John Keith Lehto, 77, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at the Kobacker House in Columbus.

Keith was born June 29, 1940, in Warren, to the late Bernhardt E. and Mae Louise Hebebrand Lehto.

He was a 1959 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, a 1963 graduate of GMI (General Motors Institute), and a 1967 graduate of Kent State University with an MBA.

Keith worked for various computer software companies as the director of marketing in Chicago, Oklahoma City and Boston; he was the president of Sector Systems, Inc., for many years in Boston before retiring in 1999, when he returned to Northeast Ohio, settling in Cortland, then Fowler, then moving to Marysville to be near family.

Keith loved to sail, and he relished sailing the boat he had for over 45 years. He enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes, and he also enjoyed fishing and ham radio.

Keith and his first wife, Joan, sponsored many families from Vietnam and Laos during the Vietnam War, helping many families. He and Joan became godparents to two children, Trang Nguyen and (Tram) Tracii Schaeublin. Keith was thrilled to be a grandfather to Emersyn, and he enjoyed being a part of her life. He loved his family.

Keith will be forever missed by his wife, Jane Jakubisin Scott Lehto, who he married July 5, 2003; his brother, Bill Lehto of Kinsman; stepdaughters, Jill (Chris) Chuha of Plain City and June Scott of Florida; and a beloved granddaughter, Emersyn Lyn Chuha.

Besides his parents, Keith was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Williamson, who he married March 22, 1964, and she died June 10, 2002; and his infant sister, Sue Lehto.

Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 490 N. High St., Cortland, where the funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to KIVA International, 875 Howard St., Suite 340, San Francisco, CA 94103

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