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John H. Bach, Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John's memory to :
  • Church of the Holy Angels
    1322 Brown Street
    Dayton, OH 45409
  • Saints Francis and Clare Church
    5901 Olive Branch Road
    Greenwood, IN 46143

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“John brought so much old-school talent to WCH Advertising from where it started to what it was to when he retired. He recognized the brand new...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Norma Moore - Kettering, OH

“Martha and Family, I have great memory of your dad doing signs for every and any event we had. I was especially touched when he did one for my...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Amy Armstrong Smith

“I was saddened to learn today about the passing of John. He was a truly talented artist who also understood the importance of the business of...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Healy - Naples, FL

“What a wonderful life John led. He contributed so much to his Faith, family, and the art world. There is no doubt that John leaves behind a lasting...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Louis and Shellie Weber - Dayton, OH

“I always enjoyed Mr. Bach while at the Hearth. He was always a gentleman to the staff and myself. He had a gleam in his eye and the sweetest sense of...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Amy Zigovits - Indianapolis, IN

“Patty, MaryAnn and Martha Your Dad was a very special person. I will never forget that he and your Mom were the first ones to the house when Dad...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Bev Nartker - Dayton, OH - cousin

“John was a wonderful person. He befriended my mother at The Hearth and often ate meals with her and their friends. I had the opportunity to join...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Stacey Evanns - Greenwood, IN

“To The Plaspohl Family - we are sadden to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. May God guide you through this difficult time. God Bless...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: The Ochs Family - Miamisburg, OH

“Patricia, Mary Ann and MarthaI would like to offer my sympathy at the death of your father. At this time of pain and separation our faith gives us...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Fr. Thomas E. Meyer - Kettering, OH


John Herman Bach, Jr., died peacefully on Monday, September 10, 2012 at Community South Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his wife, Valeta (Nartker) Bach, his parents, John A. and Mary (Kauffman); sister, Florence and brother, Walter. John is survived by his daughters, Patricia Beard (LeRoy), Mary Ann Plaspohl (Edward), and Martha Von Bank (Nicholas). He also enjoyed his grandchildren, Meredith Beard (Jonathan Pan), Amelia Cuddy (Daniel) and Ashlee Beard; Marissa Healy (Richard), Michael (Julie) and Megan Plaspohl; Michael (Kati and Zoey), Nicholas (Jessi, Samuel and Lydia), Patrick (Emily) and William Von Bank. He was thrilled with the birth of his first great grandchild Grace Michelle who he was able to meet for the first time in July. He is also survived by his brother Raymond. John was born November 27, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio and attended Holy Rosary Elementary School. While attending Chaminade High School he worked as a free lance artist, winning many drawing contests including a washing machine for his Mother. After graduating in 1941, John attended the Dayton Art Institute on a full scholarship. In 1943, he went into the Army and was stationed in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and England. In 1946, while stationed in France and Germany, John worked as an artist for Stars and Stripes Newspaper. After his discharge in 1946, John attended the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, OH. On April 28, 1951 he married Valeta Nartker at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. They were married for 58 years. John worked as the Art Director at the Don Kemper Company for over twenty years then at Willis Case Harwood for over twenty years before retiring in 1989. John and Valeta were actively involved with the Church of the Holy Angels during their fifty four (54) years as church members. John donated his artistic talents to many projects in the Church. John was a delegate to the Archdiocesan Synod and taught religious education to high school students for several years. After his retirement, he created posters which advertised and commemorated exhibits at the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton. He also became an active member of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors and Western Ohio Watercolor Society and finally followed his lifelong passion of watercolor painting. In 2009, John and Valeta moved to Greenwood, Indiana. They resided at the Hearth at Stone's Crossing and became members of Saints Francis and Clare Church. The family wishes to extended their gratitude to the staff at the Hearth for all the care and compassion they provided to our parents and to the staff and Parish community at Saints Francis and Clare Church who offered so much spiritual support in the short time they were members. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Angels, Dayton, OH. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, at Reis Legacy Center Meyer-Boehmer Chapel, 6661 Clyo Road, Centerville, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to either the Church of the Holy Angels, 1322 Brown Street, Dayton, OH 45409 or Saints Francis Clare Church, 5901 Olive Branch Road, Greenwood, IN 46143. Words of encouragement may be sent to www.reislegacycenter.com.