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Monday, September 24, 2018

John Deering Valued Education, Grammar, Community

I met John Deering in July of 2013. Upon taking over as Editor of Fort Thomas Living, I didn't have many holdovers on the staff and was given a blank slate by Publisher, Jim Lied.

He wanted me to make Fort Thomas Living my own, under the style that had thrived for so many years. He did, however, give me a caveat.

"Mr. Deering will still contribute to this magazine." 

John Deering had been part of Fort Thomas Living almost since the beginning, writing articles about how things were. How things are. How he wished things would be.

I truly valued his contributions.

It took us some time to actually get to sit down and meet each other, but Mr. Deering was always on deadline. He delivered his articles timely and always asked for feedback, albeit not much feedback. I had instructions as Editor that if I were to actually edit, to please let him know what I was going to move, even if it were a nebulous word. He valued every single one and took pride in his writing.

He made me more careful, even as Journalism now moves at the speed of life.

A few years back, he moved to The Barrington and asked for some time as he and his bride made that transition.

"Of course, Mr. Deering. Anything you need."

He never asked for a cent for his contributions. He just wanted to be a part of the magazine and when he began to slow down last year, there was a noticeable absence in each issue.

I'll miss you, John, and our readers will miss you as well.

John Deering addresses the crowd at David Cecil's sweater unveiling at Highlands High School. (November 2016). 

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Here's his obituary:

John E. Deering, 91, of Ft. Thomas, passed away on September 21, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Hospice Center in Edgewood, KY.

John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Thomas where he served as an Elder and a Deacon, he was a Teacher and Principal of Highlands High School for 25 years, and Principal of Grandview Elementary School in Bellevue for 8 years. John was an Adjunct Professor of English and Education at the University of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University for 43 years.

John was a former member and Past president of the Bellevue Rotary Club, the Co-Founder of the Tri State Photographic Society (1976), a member and Past President of the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati.

John was a WWII navy Veteran serving on the destroyer, U.S.S. James E Kyes-DD-787, he was a graduate of Holmes High School, Eastern Kentucky University, and Xavier University Graduate School.

John is survived by his wife, Anna C. Deering of Fort Thomas, KY, sons, Dana (Barbara) Deering of Fort Thomas, and Mark (Jennifer) Deering of Richmond, VA, his brother, Ronald (Lucia) Deering of Champaign, IL, and his grandchildren, Brittany Durrani, Natalie Deering, Samuel Deering, Jenny Griffith, and Ian Foster.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Thomas. Funeral Ceremony will be held 12:00 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will take place in the Highland Cemetery Ft. Mitchell, KY.

Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell serving the family. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Thomas 220 S. Ft. Thomas Ave. 41075, or, Ft. Thomas Education Foundation P.O. Box 75090 Ft. Thomas, KY 41075. Online condolences can be given at

1 comment:

  1. John was a wonderful man, and a valued friend and fellow traveler. Thank you for sharing this little glimpse of him from your perspective.

    I always enjoyed his contributions to Fort Thomas Living, and will miss them. An encyclopedia of many things (but Highlands High School, in particular) has left the building....