Barry Dean “Bear” Sargent

July 14, 1964 ‒ April 16, 2011

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

REYNOLDSBURG: At the age of nine Barry Sargent announced “when I grow up I wanna be a herpetologist.” Much more than a “snake doctor”, herpetology includes the study of reptiles and amphibians. That interest defined him, he kept all sorts of critters: snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and toads, but also mice, hamsters, raccoons and rabbits with the customary dogs and cats.

Appropriately nicknamed “Bear” (he was a big teddy-bear of a guy), he passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 in his Reynoldsburg home, following a very brief illness. He was 46.

Born July 14, 1964 in Mansfield, he remained a Lexington resident, and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1982. He worked as a technician with Mobile Electronics and had lived in the Columbus area the past 20 years.

In addition to “the critters” Bear liked NASCAR collectibles, photography, computers, and had an interest in specialty comic books. He loved his family, his aunts, and “totally loved his nieces and nephews!”

He is survived by his mother Dixie Lee (Shaffer) Sargent of Mansfield; his father and stepmother Leroy & Kathy Sargent of Bellville; his brothers and sisters-in-law Brad & Karie Sargent of Lexington and Brent & Deanna Sargent of Marysville; nieces and nephews Abby, Alex, Katie and Lukas; and a large extended family including cousins, uncles and many, many, many aunts.

The Sargent family will receive friends Monday, April 25, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Pastor Yogi Durbin will speak.

Contributions in Bear’s memory are encouraged to benefit Gorman Nature Center or the Richland County Humane Society for the animal shelter, and may be made at the funeral home.

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