Jeffery Maynard

January 30, 1968 ‒ September 03, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Jeffery Maynard, loving husband, amazing father to two children passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, September 3, 2020, doing what he loved most, running.

Jeff was born on January 30th, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Hayes High School in 1986, Jeff went into the US Army where he met his wife Kathleen (McGinnis) of 29 years. Prior to their getting married Jeff would begin attending The Ohio State University, graduating with a bachelor’s in criminology and later a law degree. Jeff and Kathleen would marry on August 3rd, 1991. Together they raised two children Hannah and Noah to adulthood and were ready to start the next phase of their life as empty nesters.

In 2000 Jeff was diagnosed with MS and refused to let it beat him, so he took to running as an outlet. He soon became an avid runner and used it to promote his ministries and causes. He would run often with his favorite running partner his daughter, Hannah. Jeff ran for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and was one of their Spirit Award Winners. He was not a man of many words, yet he said much with what he did. His actions spoke volumes.  He was very involved with prison ministry at MCI and it was life-changing for him. Jeff believed everyone deserved a second chance just as Christ gave him. He was a man of honor and truth and used that to serve at his work as an attorney with CRUG Law. Not only did he serve with honor at work, he did so at home. He was a wonderful husband, father, friend and servant to those he came into contact with.

Jeff was preceeded in death by his sister, Kristy, and father, Ron. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Maynard, their two children, Hannah (Casey) Hamrick and Noah Maynard, his mother Carol Lawrence and stepmom, Paulette Maynard, brothers David Maynard and Martin (Bridget) Leblanc, sisters Malana (Ryan) Graham and Meghan (Marc) Runck as well as nieces, nephews, cousins & The Jersey Girls.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015, where services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing must be observed. Burial will be scheduled at Dayton National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 North Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2132, or to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, OH 43205 in Jeff s name.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Extremely sorry for your multiple losses Carol, as there is no understanding why things happen. The most important thing to you and the family is to make this loss meaningful —hope y’all better are better at it than I have been. That’s all I got to say-Nancy

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I was a friend of Kristys and I cannot imagine what the family is going through . I remember when hanging at their house on William St. Kristy And I would try to go in his room and he would chase us out because we were annoying little girls 🙂 Thinking of Carol and David ,Jeff’s family and everyone effected by this great loss . Sending prayers

  • Kathleen, Hannah and Noah,

    We were so saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. We wish you comfort, peace and light in the coming days ahead. Our condolences and much love to all of you.

    Steve and Vanessa Marks

  • Memories of living down the street. You ( Kathleen), and Jeff planning your wedding and Kristy being so excited to be a part of it. The months of the family coming together during Kristy’s battle with illness. I pray she and David are having a wonderful reunion and that you all will feel their love and God’s strength as you go through the days of temporary separation Until you are all dancing in Heaven.

  • Precious Maynard Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss and YES, heaven’s gain. Jeff was a man of passion and action. His resolve to make a difference was evident to everyone who cared to know him and experience his pursuit. He placed his faith in Jesus, His death and resurrection as a payment for his sin AND he consciously, deliberately worked hard, in step with God’s Spirit, to see God change his life…he was relentless.
    I will miss him – he left a heavenly mark on his family and his friends!
    I love you Jeff ~ eager to see you at the resurrection ~ to rule and reign alongside you with Jesus!

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I am Tammy Arnolds’s mother and know she treasured her friendship with you.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for Jeff at Mazanec and always appreciated his faith in the Lord. I, too, am a runner and I think he was just starting to take it up when I worked for him. It was so good to see the accomplishments he made with it. Outside of the Lord, that is what gave me quite a confidence boost after I lost my first husband. As horrible as what the loss is, it is wonderful to know that he is in heaven. The way things are going in our world, it might not be long before we are all reunited with our loved ones that have gone ahead of us.

    God’s blessings on you for the days ahead. It will be rough and like trudging in mud for quite sometime, but in God’s faithfulness, the sun does shine again. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    Tess Snyder

  • Dearest Carol,
    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. So much grief, so much heartache.
    My prayers for all of you.

  • I am sorry for the loss and the fact that I did not look up the obituary until after the funeral Saturday, so I apologize for not making it to the service. I will have the men’s thoughts sent to you soon and check in as well. Chaplain Blaire Smith MCI

  • We did not know Jeff well, but enough to know he was a man of God, loved and respected by those who knew him. We offer condolences to Kathleen, Hannah a d Noah, as well as other family members. Will pray

  • What an honor it was to serve God ,with Jeff ,on many Kairos weekends. He will be dearly missed here,enjoying his rewards above ,with our Father. Jeff is now home. Rest in happiness Brother. Your Brother in Christ;
    Tim A. Himler

  • Maynard Family:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am a former co-worker of Jeff’s. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God watch over you and help you through this very difficult time.


    Christina Bidwell

  • We were so sorry to hear the news of your loss. We lift you up in prayer, for comfort as only Jesus can give. God’s plan is always perfect, and we find it hard sometimes to understand, but knowing that God’s Grace is sufficient to see you thru. Go forward knowing there are many prayers being lifted up for you, your family and undoubtedly a huge host of friends that are grieving.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • I worked with Jeff many times over the years on legal cases. I always enjoyed working with him and getting to know him. He was adored and respected and my heart grieves with yours over the loss of someone so young and with so much love to give the world. He was a credit to our local legal community and he will be missed.

    I wish the family peace during this time, as that’s all we can hope to offer. I am without words. God bless.

  • I met Jeff last year as a fellow brother in Kairos . He gave such a passionate, faith based testimony last fall that surely impacted many there. God bless you at this time and I will pray for your family.
    Your brother in Christ;
    Jim Kline

  • I was honored and blessed to be a Kairos team member with Jeff. Jeff’s passion for the Kairos ministry was deep and heartfelt. Jeff not only had a positive impact on the residents at MCI, but he had an equally great impact on his fellow team members such as myself. Jeff’s humility and gentle leadership style helped guide our ministry. You will be missed greatly my dear friend. I know that you sitting with Jesus right now making plans to share his love with all. My condolences go out to Kathleen and family members during this difficult time. Your brother in Christ, Gary Kinman

  • Kathleen…im overwhelmed with emotion! Keeping you in my thoughts and know you have a wonderful family supporting you through this time.

  • My condolences for you and your family. May you feel the love of God and the Christian community during this time of loss. What an honor it was to serve God ,with Jeff ,on many Kairos weekends. He will be dearly missed. Jeff is now home. Rest in happiness Brother. Your Brother in Christ.

    Gary L Weaver

  • to Carol Lawrence,
    Dear Carol,
    I was saddened by you son’s death. I only met him once but i heard you talk about him and his family on numerous occasions when we both worked at Help Line. You have my sympathy, I will be thinking about you and your family in the days to come.
    Tom King

  • Dear Carol I was deeply saddened in learning of your sons death .I know he was very special to you and will be deeply missed by you. I want to send my deepest sympathy to you. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts in the days ahead. Peace Jim Rundle

  • I will miss you buddy, Our Lord took you home for a reason however, we know where Jeff dwells, he is home with Christ. My condolences for you Kathleen, Hannah and Noah. Brenda and I are praying for you that our Lord will give you a peace and understanding. Jeff Edler

  • To the Maynard family:
    What a tragic loss. I taught Jeff for a couple of years at Hayes High School and he was one of my favorites. A WONDERFUL young man with a great sense of humor. I think what I enjoyed the most about Jeff was his politeness and respect for authority. He was indeed a fine man and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Your entire family have my deepest sympathy.
    Jim Warbel
    Retired Hayes Teacher

  • I am so sad to hear that Jeff passed away. As co-counsel with him in several cases Jeff impressed me with his honesty and straightforward manner. His was a gentle soul and I am proud to have known him even for the little time I did. I am so sorry for his loss and am praying for his family.

  • To Jeff’s Family:

    I had the privilege of being a colleague of Jeff’s for several years. Your husband/father was one of the most honorable, ethical attorneys I ever worked with. More importantly, he was a true gentleman. Our profession lost a good friend. A wonderful person, we will all will miss him dearly.

    David Matejczyk

  • Kathleen, Hannah, Noah, and Maynard family
    I was so shocked when Michael told me that Jeff had passed. We had seen him not to long ago. Jeff was always talking with Michael @ Lakeside. We had some nice conversation. We are praying for peace and comfort.

    Rhonda and the Kershner family

  • I’m sorry for the loss of my military brother. My prayers are with you and the family. I will keep a smile on my face and Jeff in my heart and my memories and pray that GOD gives you the strength and courage that you and the family need.

  • I am so sorry for your loss and sorry i am not able to pay my respects in person. Jeff was a special man. He was a man of action, not just words. He saw need and did something about it. I know he was devoted to the Lord, his prison ministry, his country and family. Heaven’s gain is our loss. You have been in my constant prayers since i heard the news and i will continue to pray for you all.

  • Dear Kathleen, Hannah and Noah,
    We were long time members with you at Delaware Grace. Besides seeing the physical transformation that Jeff went through as he was being healed over time physically, I remember clearly one day that Jeff gave a testimony in church. I just remember the heartfelt nature of his words and that when I left that service, there was no doubt in my mind that here was someone in whose life God was at work. I am so sorry for the deep and inexpressible loss to your family at this time. I have confidence in our Lord that you will see him again. God be with you all & I will continue to hold you up in prayer.