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John, “Oz”, Markley

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 15, 2019 @ 11:21 am In Obituaries | 14 Comments

John, “Oz”, Markley passed away November 12, 2019.  He was born at home July 18, 1928, thriving 91 years without any overnight hospitalizations.  He was the son of Paul and Mary Markley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary B. Markley.  Oz is survived by his daughter, Mary Maesch and her husband, Michael; son, John, and his wife, Kathi; and grandchildren Sarah and Erik Maesch. He was predeceased by his grandson, Henry Franco.  

Oz graduated from Manheim Township High School (MTHS) where he played on the school’s first football team.  He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College (FM), Class of 1950. John enjoyed participating in F&M alumni activities, including the Harbaugh Club.  An avid sports fan, Oz followed his and his children’s and grandchildren’s alma maters as well as Philadelphia professional teams. He competed in the Lancaster Senior Games, winning medals every year. 

Oz owned and operated Markley Meats, a retail meat business, selling quality beef, veal, pork and lamb and his unique fresh and smoked sausage at Lancaster Central Market or by (ahead of his time) home delivery.  Combining his passions for studying history, telling stories and meeting people, Oz was an enthusiastic guide for Historic Lancaster Walking Tour during his retirement. He was a 61 year member of Grace United Church of Christ. 

As a Rotarian for 61 years, John was a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise and the former Lancaster Northeast Rotary Club.  Oz assisted with setting up the Interact Club at MTHS. For over fifty years, he served as a board member of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference.  Oz was involved with judging at the annual Four Way Test Speech Contest at MTHS and selecting Rotary scholarship winners at MTHS and Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS).  He coordinated the attendance of Students of the Month from MTHS and LCHS at Rotary meetings.  

Family and friends are respectfully invited to a Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 23, 2019 at The Barn at Stoner Commons 605 Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601 at 11:00 A.M.  

His family and friends will miss Oz’s storytelling, sense of humor, positive attitude, loving attention, and calming demeanor.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Rotary Foundation my.rotary.org/en/donate or Grace United Church of Christ.


Condolences for the family of “John, “Oz”, Markley”

Condolence from Peg Woerner Curran on November 15th, 2019 10:50 pm

Uncle Oz was an amazing man! He had
all the positive traits you would ever
want in a Husband, Father, Grand Father, Uncle, or friend.
Everyone enjoyed his stories! He had a
wonderful way with word that kept you entertained!
I feel privileged to have known Uncle Oz. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives!

Condolence from Don Walters on November 16th, 2019 2:10 pm

It was a pleasure to have known Oz through the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour. His love of History and Lancaster and his interest in sharing it with our visitors were very evident. His warm smile will be missed.

Condolence from dennis j. kopecky on November 16th, 2019 5:08 pm

It saddens Jeannette and I to no end knowing that John Markley has left this world. Our hope is that he is once again with Mary Markley in the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

Condolence from Bob Frick on November 16th, 2019 9:22 pm

I treasure my memories of My friend Oz. His smile could light up a room wherever he went. Like the days of Indian Summer in the deep winter, he will be missed!

Condolence from Maureen on November 17th, 2019 12:45 pm

Happy Days Oz, our families will miss youThe Gambers

Condolence from The Carters on November 17th, 2019 10:11 am

John and Kathi,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your father/Father-in-law. Our condolences to you and your family. It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter their age. When a person departs from this earth, they never truly leave us, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Surely he will not be forgotten. We pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult period.

Condolence from Susan Knutson on November 17th, 2019 10:12 am

Uncle Oz will be missed by family, friends and his community. We are Blessed having loved and known him.

Condolence from Maureen on November 17th, 2019 12:44 pm

Happy Days Oz, our families will miss youThe Gambers

Condolence from Todd Bushnell on November 17th, 2019 12:46 pm

Thankful for your family and all the great memories with my family over the years. So many of them, that

they just keep coming to me.

Condolence from Clair Wagner on November 17th, 2019 2:04 pm

Even though I am a fellow F&M alum I got to know Oz as a fellow tour guide for the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour. It was always a joy to chat with hm and hear his stories and comments. His positive outlook on life and willingness to share life with others will be missed.

Condolence from Joni Shirk on November 17th, 2019 11:05 pm

John and Kathi and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. May your fond memories of your dad carry you through this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Beth Dunham on November 18th, 2019 11:05 am

I was so happy to reconnect with Uncle Oz a year ago. His energy, upbeat personality and sense of humor were inspiring. My prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Larry Roskos on November 19th, 2019 10:36 pm

John and the Markley family – I’m surprised and saddened to learn of Oz’s passing. It was my pleasure to have known Oz through Lancaster Northeast Rotary. His pleasant demeanor, ready smile and quick wit made him great company. I remember Oz fondly. My sincere condolences.

Condolence from Bill Todd on November 22nd, 2019 6:54 pm

John & Mary,
I remember joining Rotary in 1989 and Oz was one of the first members to introduce himself. as the years grew so did our friendship and respect grow. Hard to believe Oz was 91. he had a lot of energy and life in him. Even though I left Rotary soon after the club merger, Oz and I would have phone conversations which had us both laughing and feeling good.

I will always have fond memories of Oz. He was one of the “good ones”

Best regards
Bill Todd

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