Austin Vertrees

April 08, 1994 ‒ July 17, 2015

Sunbury, Ohio

Austin Brooks Vertrees, 21, of Sunbury Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on July 17, 2015 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Austin was born on April 8, 1994, in Delaware, Ohio.  He was a 2012 graduate of Big Walnut High School and worked as a skilled laborer in the construction field.

He is survived by his loving parents and brother Tami & Brian Lee of Sunbury, his little brother Colton, and Mike and Jeri J Vertrees of Bucyrus.  He also leaves his grandparents Darrell and Phyllis Adkins of Galena, Brenda and Bob Lee of Sunbury, and many family members and close friends whom he treasured.

Austin is preceded in death by his aunt Amanda Lynn “Mandy” Adkins; paternal grandparents Richard and Martha Vertrees, and Maxine Roberts; maternal great-grandparents Opal and Beecher Adkins, and Raymond and Tina Doane.

Austin loved to fish, hunt, and anything that involved being outdoors.  He loved bluegrass music and he found such joy each year at the MACC the family bluegrass festival in honor of his Aunt Mandy, playing baseball, spending time with his family and friends, and had a smile that lit up the room.

Calling hours will be held Monday from 5-8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Tuesday 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Funston officiating. Interment will follow in the Cheshire Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations be sent to the charity that is nearest to their hearts, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (all donations go to St Jude Research Hospital), 1434 S 3Bs and K Rd, Galena OH  43021

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Tami,

    I am saddened by Austin’s passing. I know, only too well how much your children have been your pride and joy.
    There are no words to console you, however, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and in our prayers.

  • I am so sorry. I just don’t have any words to say. The Lee family is in our prayers

  • We are so saddened to hear this. Please know our thoughts and prayers are for The Lee Family.

  • I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss! My thoughts & prayers are with you always! May God bless all of you!!!

  • Lee Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Austin! You are all in our prayers. May God bless you and keep you and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding!

    Jason and Carrie Cline

  • I am speechless. Prayers to the family and to my sister carrying his unborn child. He was a great guy and I hate to see this happen. God bless every affected individual and I hope comfort comes your way.

  • Dear Tammy. Brian, Phyliss and Darrell. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in quiet moments of prayer.

  • Praying for you all, for the pain of his passing and the life that Austin will not get to live. Austin’ smile will be missed at The MACC. I wish there were something to say to make this easier for you all. Hugs and more hugs. Love you Lee and Adkins family.

  • Oh Tammy I am so truly sad and sorry to hear the news about Austin. He was like my 3rd son when the boys were little. Tommy is so sad too. If you need anything please get ahold of me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • My condolences to the whole family. I have some great memories from hanging out as kids that I will forever cherish.

  • We were so very sorry to hear about Austin. Our hearts break for you and you remain in our prayers. Please remember that God also knows what it is like, and how much it hurts to lose a Son. Yet, He raised his precious son back to life, just as he will raise yours.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    John Tewell & Family

  • Tammy
    I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. As you know I was around when he was small and saw what a good mother you were to that baby boy, what great care you took of him and how much you loved him. I just hate this for you. I have pictures of him as a baby.
    Darrel and Phyllis I am also sorry for your loss and I know how much he meant to you. I will get in touch later on. Prayers for you all.
    Mike, I have not seen you in many years but my hope is that God gives you peace.

  • I hope the good lord wraps his arms around his family and friends and his girlfriend Ashley who is carrying his unborn baby. I couldn’t even imagine this situation in many different ways. I am very saddened by this news and I pray for everyone that is affected.

  • So sorry to here about Austin’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • We only met him once through our neice and I kept telling her how cute he was! just my first impression I thought he was a polite young man and hearing his passing really saddened my husband and I, we’re so sorry for your loss and we’re praying for you and your family.
    Our deepest condolence ,
    Sam and cindy skeens

  • Ashley, Shannon and Family

    There are no words to write. May each individual have comfort in their own way.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I had Austin as an eighth grader and I so enjoyed his wonderful smile and outgoing personality. He was a terrific kid and he will be missed. My condolences to you all. My prayers go out to all of you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Love, hugs and prayers to all of you.

    Deb & Allen

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you go through this difficult time of loss and grief. May sweet memories of Austin give you comfort and peace. God bless you.
    Pam and Jim Innes

  • Tami and Brian,

    I so sorry to hear about Austin’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Dear Tami and Brian and Adkins Family,

    Our hearts grieve along with yours in the loss of Austin. We can only try to know how you are feeling during this difficult time. But God knows your pain and we look forward to the day when He will right the wrongs of this world and mend the hearts that have been broken by the deaths of our loved ones.
    We are here for you until that day and you will continue in our prayers.
    With hearts full of love and sympathy for you,
    David and Melany Shawver

  • Tammy and Brian my prayers are with you at this huge loss you are facing now. God be with you and your family.

  • Dear Tammy, Brian, Phyliss and Darrell, & Family
    My heart aches for each of you during this most difficult time. Just know you all are in my prayers and I’m praying God will wrap his loving arms around each you. May God grant you peace and comfort. Much love, and sympathy for all the family.

  • Prayers to the family. God bless you. We care and are thinking of you. Janet and jb

  • I would like to extend my deepest condolences on the passing of your son/grandson Austin may God wrap you all in his loving arms and bless Austin may he rest in peace.I don’t know you all personally but have attended the MACC many yrs.and know what family means to all of you as you all give so selflessly in this cause. I am sure I have seen austin and the other children over the years on the golf cart there to enjoy.
    R.I.P. Austin

    Nancy Vandenhouten

  • Tami, Brian and Family, Our deepest sympathy for your loss, thoughts and prayers in this difficult time!

  • I am speechless. I can only express condolences and sympathy during this time. I hope the thoughts and prayers of countless people can uplift your family.

  • Brian and Tammy,
    I heard about your loss through my sister Ang. I am so sorry for this terrible time you are going through, and sending prayers to you both. No one should have to go through this with a child. I am so sorry. Kim.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this very diffucult time.

  • Our most sincere condolences to the Lee family..
    Brian, Tami and Colton, you are in our prayers and our thoughts. Please reach out if you need ANYTHING at all. We are just so heartbroken for you over the loss of your precious son and brother. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace and comfort today and in the days ahead.
    Much Love,
    Bob, Kimberly and Jake Svetovich

  • Tami and Brian,
    My sincere condolences during this tough time.
    I will be sending you lots of love and positive thoughts.
    Big hug,
    Nancy and Brad

  • Dear Tami,

    I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved son, Austin. Only God can ease the pain when your worst fears are realized! It hurts my heart to imagine the pain and emptiness Austin’s passing leaves in your life!

    Although you may never feel whole again I hope peace finds you and your family soon as we lift you up in our prayers!

  • Our prayers are lifting this precious family up. We pray for peace to clothe you all as this sweet baby blesses this family with his or her birth as your son, grandson, family, friend, boyfriend will always live on in this sweet angel.

  • Adkins and entire family,
    We don’t know the pain you are feeling as grandparents. We know the joy of your grandchild and the wonderful time you had with him. We send our hope for comfort in your loss and that you will remember all the good things of his short life here.

  • Phyllis, Darrell, Tami, Brian, Colton & Family
    I am so sorry for your lost. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Our hearts are broken for all of you at this time. We are always near if you need us.

  • Mike and all of Austin’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through.

    Aunt Clara

  • I always remember my students no matter what age. Austin was the sweetest Kindergarten student, and I can tell he grew up into a remarkable young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you all strength to persevere.

  • Dear Tami, Phyllis, Darrell & rest of the family,

    I too do not have any words, my heart is very sad for all of you. I believe at this very moment Austin is in the arms of Mandy. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.