SALEM - George Chekan Jr., age 90, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Salem, Ohio. He was born in Canton, Ohio on September 25, 1923 to George and Meri (Tolin) Chekan Sr. George was a Marine during the invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II, and is a Purple Heart recipient. He also was a Stark County Sheriff's Deputy for a short time after working 37 years at Republic Steel. He loved his animals (dogs, cats, ect.) and nature as well. He frequently gave his handmade jewelry as gifts to his friends.