Dr. John T. Waite, 49, of Catawba Island passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, in Stein Hospice, Sandusky.
He lived a rich, full and varied life, and leaves a legacy of love and laughter through his family, his wide circle of friends, his clients and through the artistry of his healing and musical and personal gifts.
John was born Dec. 26, 1960, in Franklin, Ind., to Louis and Frances (Jackson) Waite. A talented trombonist, John toured with The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and attended Indiana State University on a music scholarship. After a back injury cut short his promising musical career, John turned his talents and passion to the chiropractic care that had helped him. He enrolled in Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1988. Throughout his life he continued his studies in chiropractic, applied kinesiology, acupressure, homeopathy, nutrition and other healing arts, and was a frequent lecturer on a variety of health topics.
After graduation, John began his chiropractic career in Canton. It was in Canton he met and married Lori Gasper. John and Lori moved to Port Clinton in 1992, where they established Alternative Chiropractic Health Care on East Harbor Road.
For 18 years, John’s clients and the communities of Port Clinton, Maumee and Sandusky were blessed by his healing knowledge, compassion, dedication, talents and his warm smile.
John’s friends and interests were eclectic and numerous. He enjoyed golf, sailing, boating and fishing, played trombone with The Terra Jazz Thunder and Brass Choir, was a past president of Port Clinton Rotary, past Fleet Captain of Sail of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, and was recently honored with the PCYC Oliver True Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Service.
John’s most prized legacies are his bright, kind, talented and beautiful daughters, Ashley, 16, Amber, 14, and Abigail, 11. John is survived by his wife and daughters; parents, Louis Sr. and Frances of St. Louis; grandmother, Esther Jackson of Norwalk; brothers, Louis Waite Jr. of St. Louis and Duane (Julie) Waite of Catawba; sister, Vonnie (Patrick Georgen) Waite of St. Louis; nieces, Courtney Waite, Sidney Waite and Missy (Joe) Yedlicka; and nephew, Cory Waite.
Family and friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in Neidecker-LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home in Port Clinton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, Port Clinton.
Memorials may be made to the Rotary Club of Port Clinton, with The Waite Family Fund in the memo section, P.O. Box 426, Port Clinton, OH 43452.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.