Austin Pfeiffer

September 22, 1997 ‒ September 20, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: To say that Austin enjoyed being outdoors would be an understatement. He would jump at any chance to be outside in God’s creation. Be it hunting, trapping, or fishing, he looked for any opportunity to get outside. A selfless, patient, caring person, Austin was always considerate and respectful of others.

Austin Levi Pfeiffer passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020. He was 22.

He was born September 22, 1997, in Mansfield to parents Henry & Diane (Sauder) Pfeiffer. He graduated from high school with the class of 2015. He Married Ryleigh (Sloan) Pfeiffer on October 20, 2018.

He loved God! His faith was such that he looked forward to going to church each week. On December 1, 2019, he was especially excited because he was going to be baptized. Not only that, but he was also going to have the special blessing of being able to turn around and be the one to baptize his bride Ryleigh the same day.

His work ethic was one to be admired as he worked very hard at whatever job was put before him. He never liked idle time. From a young age he was fearless and enjoyed climbing trees which explained why he enjoyed his work so much as an arborist at Dolce’s Tree Service.

His family was very important to him! He took care of his family and enjoyed every moment he got with them. From teasing his sisters, to working on cars with his dad and brother, or hiking with his wife, any time with family was special to Austin.

He was a great man whose life and legacy will live on in those who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife Ryleigh Pfeiffer; parents Henry & Diane Pfeiffer; siblings Ezekiel, Autumn, Naomi, Sicilia, Natasha, Sierra, Tatiana and Eliana; grandparents Bill & Becky Sauder, John & Zuzanna Pfeiffer, great-grandfather Kenneth Sauder; in-laws Stacy & Shannon Sloan, Degan and Haydon and Randa Schilling.

He was preceded in death by a sister Anna.

His family will receive friends Monday, October 5, 2020 from 1-7 pm at Storyside Church where a funeral service honoring his life will be held Tuesday beginning at 11am. Pastor Richard Stedman will officiate.

Ryleigh encourages contributions in Austin’s memory be made to Snyder Funeral Home. Please bring any monetary gifts to his services or checks may be mailed to: Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085 Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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  • My heart is so heavy for his wife, family and friends. We pray Gods almighty arms will hold you all right through this tragic loss. JoAnn

  • Sending love and prayers for Austin’s wife and family. May you be blessed with warm and happy memories of Austin to carry you through.

  • Such a wonderful life so full of adventure. Austin was such a giving person who loved his wife, his job, and life’s adventures. He made a difference to those around him. He will be missed. Hugs and prayers go out to Ryleigh and his family, and those he worked with.

  • Prayers are going up for the entire Pfeiffer family. My heart hurts for all of you. May God’s grace sustain you not only now but in the days ahead.

  • Prayers for the Pfeiffer family! May the Lord’s Loving Arms hold you thru this difficult time. Thankful Austin is in the presence of his Saviour Jesus Christ.

  • I’m very sorry for you young man. I hunted for 40 years in Montana and Alaska. I wish I was with you with my 458 caliber, Standing guard while you cleaned up that moose. I’m sending a hunters pray for your buddy who found you. Alaska is a very unforgiving state to hunt in. God be with you all love Austin.

  • Prayers for you all…this is absolutely heartbreaking. God bless and comfort you all. I pray so hard for your healing heart during this tragedy.
    Love and many prayers
    Missy Sauder and family

  • We are lifting all of you up in prayer. This is heartbreaking. May the Lord hold you in his loving arms now and in the coming days. We’ve know the Pfeiffer family for many years. Please know that you are loved.

    Rose and Earl Myers

  • Prayers for all the family and relatives. Such a loss. May God hold you with comfort and keep you in all the prayers being sent your way in this time.
    Tracy and Tina Price

  • Such a tragedy. I worked with Ryleigh at Malabar. Such a lovely young woman and a very hard worker. I only met Austin once, but could see the love they had for each other. My prayers are with Ryleigh and all the family. May Gods grace and peace be with you now and always.

  • Although I never met Austin or your family, I watched his aunt Lisa grow up. No family should ever have to lose a child, no wife a husband. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing he’s with the Lord and is watching you all with love in his heart, until you meet again.

  • I am 1st cousin to Kenny Sauder. So very sorry for your great loss. My prayers are with you and all. I live in Paulding, Ohio and many here are praying. Bless you -EG

  • You are so missed, Austin, my great-nephew. My sympathy goes out to your family. We are comforted that you are in God’s presence by God’s grace to His glory.

  • So sorry for your loss! Peace to your family . Jim & Ginny Hahn and your friends at Lexington Ave Kroger.

  • Our condolences to the Pfeiffer- Sauder family. We pray for your strength during these sad times.
    Naomy Davila & Family.

  • Raleigh, my heart is filled with sorrow. I’m having a tough time believing that Austin is not here. I feel for you and I want you to know I will never forget my time with you both at my call shop. Witnessing and giving testimony and talking of God and his Son Jesus. That was a very special moment and was God given and Spirit driven. Please except our sympathy for you and your family and friends. Al Moore Fellowship Game Calls

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn’t know Austin but I am a friend of Aunt Debbie. Friends share each other’s tears and sorrows. Cherish the memories. May God wrap His arms around you

  • Our hearts ache for you. May God comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in love.

  • May the God of all comfort guide and comfort the Pfeiffer-Sauder families as He surrounds you with His love, peace, and rest. We don’t understand now why this happened, but God will use Austin’s death to speak to many hearts and for His glory.

    Rest in God’s love and peace. Our prayers are with you.

  • I have been praying for you and will continue to pray in the days ahead. I am family of Heather West-Schilling and learned of this through her and Mark. May God wrap you in a peace that only He can provide. Know that you have people praying for you in Riverview FL.

  • My heartfelt condolences to you, Henry, and your wonderful family. I will prey for you in the difficult days ahead and hope that God’s healing hands will help. God bless.

  • I am so sorry that this happened and Austin’s life was cut so short. Our family has been continually praying for you, Ryleigh and the rest of you and Austin’s family. The tribute video was beautiful and the versus shared were so fitting and comforting. I’m so thankful to hear that you and Austin had a personal relationship with the Lord. Stay strong in Him. We love you and will continue to pray for you. Mark and Tana Morgan and girls