John Burke Beres (1933 — 2021)

John Burke Beres

(1933 — 2021)

John Burke Beres, 87, of Montpelier, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at his home. He was born on Nov. 7, 1933, in Edon to John George and Blanche (Burke) Beres. John attended Edon High School. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John married Shirley B. Booker and she preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2001.

After serving in the military, John worked for 3M in Montpelier. He continued his career working at Bard Manufacturing in Bryan as plant supervisor, retiring after 30-plus years in 1999. After retirement he worked at Winzeler Stamping Company in Montpelier for several years. He was a member of the American Legion in Fremont, Indiana, formerly attended Bridgewater Community Church and at one point coached the Cooney Wildcats. John is described as a die-hard fan of the Cleveland Browns who enjoyed being outside and having fun and teasing his grandkids.

He is survived by his children, Jack (Treasa) Beres of Pioneer, Dottie (Dennis) Cook of Montpelier and Cathy (Terry) Mavis of Archbold; seven grandchildren, Rockie, Heather, Derek, Damon, Chrissy, Nicki and Tyson; and 11 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley Beres; three sisters, Clarinda Copeland, Roberta Miller and Sharon Smith; and two brothers, Frankie Beres and Terry Dunham.

Visitation for John will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Pitman to officiate. Interment will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer with military honors being presented by the Pioneer Veterans. Those wishing to attend services are to abide by state mandates of mask wearing and social distancing. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left for the family at

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