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Sankarsetti Sankarappa

January 20, 1935 — July 20, 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. S.K Sankarappa announce his passing on Thursday, July 20, 2023, in Columbus, OH at the age of 89.  Sankarappa will be lovingly remembered by his wife Manju of 58 years, his daughter Anita, his son Mahesh, his grandchildren Aaniya and Aarjun, his son-in-law Sanjay Patel, his nieces Viji, Ashwini, Shashi; his nephew Prakash and wife Gomathi; and India-based nephews/nieces and grand-nieces/nephews; his friend/brother K Parathasarathi and Ramamuthri Kannan; his friend/sister Miriam Kannan and Selma Mohammed; and brothers-in-law Suri, Vishu, Chandru and Mruthyunjaya; his sisters-in-law Mangala, Pushpa, Indumathi, Aruna, Nalini; and beloved stateside nieces and nephews (Sheethal, Shilpa, Nikhil, Rayshma, Vikram, Vishal, Navin, Santosh, Mallika, Manasi and Madhu, Sushma) and numerous other family and friends.  

Dr. Sankarappa was born in India. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Madras, he came to the United States on a Rockefeller scholarship to Case Western University and settled in Central Ohio, which he and his family called home for over 50 years. He had a distinguished scientific career as an organic chemist at Capital University and The Ohio State University, he was President of Applied Organics and the Director of a BMV. He was a community leader, a teacher, an inventor, an enthusiastic history buff, a foodie and was devoted to his family and to the community including:

Was a founding member of:

Vindya Association

Ohio Veerashaiva Association

Asian Indian American Business Group (local)

Asian American Commerce Group (AACG)


He was a committed and hard-working volunteer/supporter of the:

Asian Festival for 30 years

Tri Village Sertoma Club

Veerashaiva Samaja of North America


A singer in the:

Thyagaraja Music Festival

Columbus Maennerchor


He had a passion for south Indian classical music and took great joy in learning to sing. He was proud of his multilingual skills but always took a special joy in speaking Tamil. There is so much more to say and remember. He will be missed and loved greatly.


A service for mourning will take place at Shaw-Davis in Clintonville (4341 N High Street, Columbus Ohio 43214) at 10am prior to interment at Union Cemetery on Saturday, July 29, 2023.  A celebration of his life will be held in late August in Central Ohio. 

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 29, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Saturday, July 29, 2023

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Graveside Service

Saturday, July 29, 2023

11:45am - 12:15 pm (Eastern time)

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