John A. “Sonny” Cusher passed away Jan. 7. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Cusher. John was born in Barberton, Nov. 20, 1942. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1961, from Bowling Green State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from The College of Wooster in 1973 with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. John taught at Liberty Center High School in Liberty Center, Ohio for 33 years. During that time he served as the school’s athletic director, assistant football coach, girls JV basketball coach and boys head track coach. John’s 1998 track team won the Division III state championship and the following year his team won state runner up. John spent over 40 years as a track and field official for the state of Ohio and worked the state track and cross country tournaments on several occasions. John is survived by his cousins Fran (Bill) Lessiter; Michelle (Alan) Fox and their children Jordan (Mitch) Savel and their daughters Anna and Ellie, Heather (Peter) Gassman; Mike (Heather) Lessiter and their children Steven and Mathew; Donald (Melinda) Lessiter and their son Nicholas. Surviving others include relatives Becky and Ed Perry; Terri and Boyd Nieman and close friends Allen Huelskamp and John and Peggy Miles. John and his family would like to extend thanks to Life Care Hospice in Wooster, for the care he received. “I did not stop for death, but death stopped for me” Emily Dickenson. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Care Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com, 330-825-8700.