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John M. Koullias

1974 ~ 2021 (age 47)


John “Yianni” Michael Koullias, 47, of Campbell, peacefully passed away on August 14, 2021.

 Yianni was born in Athens, Greece to Michael & Katerina Koullias on April 15, 1974. The family moved to America, along with his sister Irene, in July of 1976. As a long time resident of Campbell, Ohio he was a diehard Campbell Memorial fan and graduated in the Class of 1992.

 He lived a beautiful life with his childhood sweetheart, Niki Bairamis, who he married on December 27, 1997. Their family grew as they welcomed 3 beautiful children, who were Yianni’s whole world, Fotini, Mihali & Yianni.

 Yianni was a hardworker from a very young age and had a successful career in the construction industry, working alongside his father and uncles, Nick & Michael Kalouris, as a supervisor on bridge painting projects for over 30 years and was a member of International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trade Local Union #476.

 Yianni was a lifelong member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, where he served as Altar Boy Captain, was a member of the Nisiotika Pedia Greek Folk Dance Group, and Greek Orthodox Youth Association. He proudly held office and served in ethnic organizations such as President of the Youth Kalymnian “Prodromos” Society, President of the Hellenic Orthodox Association, Officer of the Men’s Kalymnian Society, and member of AHEPA. He also played on the Olympic Soccer Club.

 Amongst his many interests, he enjoyed supporting his children at their sporting events and extracurriculars as their biggest and loudest cheerleader. He enjoyed traveling with his family from their magical adventures in Disney, to their beautiful island home in Kalymnos, Greece. Anyone who knew Yianni knew, he was the life of every party, with his welcoming hugs and contagious smile. His love was so great, he shared it with all who knew him, as more of a brother than a friend, and as a second father to the friends of his own children. Every occasion was a reason for celebration with music, dancing, and his famous fireworks. His love for Greek music was expressed through the founding of Radio Hellas radio station with his lifelong friends, Charlie and Manuel. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing, and was a diehard Cincinnati Bengals fan.

 A true angel on Earth, Yianni most recently was nominated for the 911 Hero Award in Kenton County, Kentucky when he successfully assisted first responders in the saving of the life of a gentleman with the intent of taking his own life.

 Yianni  was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Fotini Bairamis.

 Yianni leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Niki, their children Fotini, Mihali, and Yianni, his parents Michael & Katerina Koullias, his sister Irene (Mike) Mallias, his father-in-law John Bairamis, his sisters-in-law Irene (Charlie) Pizanias, Maria (John) Belak, Georgene & Melina Bairamis, his nieces and nephews Katerina (Manoli), Panayiota (David), George (Nomiki), Pantelis, Fotini, Fotini, Sophia, Anna, great nephew Elias, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 The Koullias family has entrusted John’s care to the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday August 19, 2021 from 9-12 in Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell. Funeral Services will follow in the church at 12 Noon with Fr. Steve Denas officiating.

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August 19, 2021

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (Campbell)

Funeral Service
August 19, 2021

12:00 PM
Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (Campbell)

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