Jeff Augenstein

April 02, 1959 ‒ December 05, 2015

Marion, Ohio

A soft spoken man with a heart of gold, Jeff Augenstein, left this world much too early on Saturday, December 5, 2015.  He was 56 years young and of Marion.

On April 2, 1959, Jeff was born in Marion, Ohio, the son of Paul Augenstein and Peggy (Oldaker) Augenstein.  He graduated from River Valley High School in the class of 1977, where he excelled in sports, especially basketball.

Shortly following graduation, Jeff began working at the Ohio American Water Company, now Aqua America, working his way up to being the water plant operator.  He was dedicated to his company for over thirty eight years.

In 1984, Jeff’s life changed forever as he was set up on a blind date, by mutual friends, with Lori Baker, who would quickly become the love of his life.  They were married on April 23, 1988, sharing over thirty one wonderful years and lovingly raised two daughters: Carly and Halle.

Whenever Jeff had a free moment, he loved to spend it working in the garage, cleaning and restoring his old cars.  For the past several years, he had been restoring his ride from high school, his 1967 Chevy Camaro…and it was nearly complete.  Meticulous with his cars, you also can’t see a speck of dust on his 1966 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, his 1989 Mercury Cougar, or his 2002 Monte Carlo.

With a love for the open road, Jeff didn’t only ride in his muscle cars, but he also thoroughly enjoyed riding one of his many motorcycles he’s had over the years.  He was an excellent water skier.  He also was a handy man who could fix anything, and was proud of his yard and the hundreds of trees he planted.  He was a Star Wars buff, enjoyed a good sci-fi movie, loved reading spy and espionage novels, and was a big teddy bear for his three dogs: Max, Rosie and Violet.

Most important of all to Jeff, were the three special women in his life, his wife and two precious daughters.  He was an extremely proud father, and he loved to see his daughters perform in everything they were involved in.  He was by far their biggest fan.  He also coached Halle’s 4th and 5th grade basketball teams for River Valley’s Liberty Elementary School.

A soft spoken, kind and gentle man, Jeff also had a goofy side to him.  He was so quiet, he often would surprise you with his great sense of humor. He also would do anything anyone ever asked of him…anything.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lori Augenstein; two daughters: Carly and Halle Augenstein; father, Paul (Jan) Augenstein; mother, Peggy Augenstein; two siblings: Cheri (Tracey) Zimmer and Jay (Jennifer McGinnis) Augenstein; father-in-law, Robert (Anita) Baker; mother-in-law, Lynette Carlson; three step sisters: Jennifer (Eric) Young, Julie (Dave) Oens, and Melissa (Jeremy) Holmes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 10th, at Crosswood United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Rd., Marion, OH.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 5 p.m. on Friday, with Pastor Joe Ziraldo officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540,  or the Marion Area Humane Society, 2264 Richland Rd., Marion, OH 43302.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Jeff’s family and your condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • How can we say good-bye to a young child so soon. My heart is aching for those left behind to try to understand “why” and begin to heal through their faith in God.

    Jeff leaves a loving wife and daughters to remember the good times and all the
    great memories you all have made together. Some people never know love or experience a family like yours. God be with you and I pray for your strength to heal
    and live with the memories you will always have in your heart.

  • Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with your family during their time of sorrow.

  • So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to family and friends for strength and healing.
    Dear Heavenly Father, Lift this family up as they lean on you for strength during this time of sorrow. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

  • My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Augenstein family.
    He was a remarkable gentleman that I would liked to have met.
    May the Lord continue to be with you during the difficult time.
    Know that Jeff will be watching over you.

    In His Name, we will all pray.

    Tom and Doris Gorgas

  • Sorry to here Jeff has passed on to a better place. I remember running track with Jeff. He was very soft spoken but his gentle nature attracted attention. He was a great young man and sounds like he became a great husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • To the Jeff Augenstein family. Our deepest condolences re offered to you at this time. Many prayers are being said on you behalf as you work your way through the loss of you husband and father. I had Jeff as a student many years ago and enjoyed seeing him participate in sports at RV. God has him now and he is working for the Lord now. Stay strong in your faith and worship Him who loves us all.

  • I have felt the pain of loss at this time of year. My heart goes out to your entire family. Remember the fun and laughter.