Jack E. Lieser, 88, of Dover passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Park Village Health Care at Dover following a brief illness.
Son of the late Roy DeWitt Lieser of Dover and Anna Irena (Williams) Lieser of Cambridge, Jack was born on June 25,1934 in Dover, Ohio.
Jack always shared childhood memories of working at Toomey’s garage with his Father or picking strawberries and green beans during the summer as he grew up on Crater Avenue in Dover. Jack was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia (Lieser) Randall and brother, James D. Lieser.
Jack graduated from Dover High School in 1952 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Fenn College of Engineering in Cleveland. Jack was a member of the US Army and became a Sergeant in the US Army Reserves. His first job was as an Engineer with the Harris Seybold company in Cleveland. Upon graduation in 1957, he was employed by Joy Manufacturing in New Philadelphia where he met his life-long partner, the late Eleanor (Buehler) Lieser, whom he wed in 1965. For the majority of his career Jack was employed by the Timken Company in Canton as a Mechanical Engineer, a Lubrication Engineer, and a Principal Design Engineer at Timken Research. Jack received numerous awards while at Timken including a “Dedication to Excellence” award, an “Outstanding Achievement for Significant Contribution to Continuous Improvement” award, and a Bronze Medal for “Engineering Excellence” for his contribution to the French National Rail line.
Jack authored multiple technical papers based on tests performed in the Timken physical test laboratories. These papers were presented and later published in various annual reports of international engineering organizations including ASME, ASTM, ASLE and SAE. Jack was also very involved with the EPA and environmental responsibility initiatives. While at Timken, he led a team in the preparation and filing of over 1,000 air and water environmental control permits covering 13 plants in 4 states. He also conceptualized and designed a 30 million gallon per day waste-water treatment system for the Canton/Gambrinus Steel and Bearing complex. Jack also Chaired the Ohio Manufacturers Association environmental committee.
After retiring in 2000, Jack spent several years in consulting and then decided to focus his attention on his other hobbies and woodworking. Jack became a skilled woodworker and built many beautiful furniture pieces for his family that will continue to be cherished and passed down through the generations.
Jack loved the outdoors and was an active hunter and fisherman. He had a number of wonderful hunting and fishing buddies including Viv Youngen, Art Menapace, Harry Niefert, Joe C. Smith, Paul Buehler, and John Lumpcik. In addition, Jack and his wife, Eleanor, had countless adventures traveling and fishing together and designed and built, from the ground up, a home that they loved and lived in for over 50 years. Their Christmas tree farm, landscaping, and gardens were beautiful and their love for “The Hermitage” is a family legacy.
Jack’s wit, intelligence, dedication, and love of the land will live on through our memories, and our Pop will be profoundly missed.
Jack is survived by son, Matthew (Michele) Lieser of New Philadelphia, and daughter, Kendal (Krishna) Purohit of Rocky River. In addition, Jack has four grandchildren; Lauren, Emmaline, Seth and Ella. His grandchildren will especially miss Grandpa’s mule rides through the woods where he shared his knowledge of nature.
In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation will take place through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia.
Contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to The First United Church of Christ, 201 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.