Jeffrey C. Gaddis

September 01, 1964 ‒ September 11, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Jeffrey C. Gaddis, age 55, of Fredericktown passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 with his loving family by his side.

He was born on September 1, 1964 in Mansfield, Ohio to Harmon and Carole Gaddis.  Jeff was a past member of the Knox County 4-H and FFA.  He was formerly employed at T.R.W. and FT Precision and was a member of the Palmyra Church of Christ.

Jeff was really well known for his love of cattle and was considered by many as an expert.  Getting advice from Jeff was considered a wise move when it came to raising cattle and Jeff was always willing to help.

The way he died is just like he lived; he wrote his own rules, he fought authority and he paved his own way.  And if you said he couldn’t do it, he would make sure he could.  He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important.

Jeff is survived by his wife Cheryl (Howell) Gaddis; his daughters, Jessica (Dereck) Nauman, Anna (Corey) DeGirolamo; his grandchild Hudson Nauman; his father Harmon (Rita) Gaddis; his brother Brent (Bonnie) Gaddis; and his canine companion Sig.

Jeff was preceded in death by his mother Carole (Roberts) Gaddis.

Friends may call on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 2-5PM at the Palmyra Church of Christ.  A service will follow, beginning at 5PM, with Evangelist Troy Northrop officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229.  (or) Ohio Cattleman’s Assoc., 10600 U.S. Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.

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  • Jess & Anna,
    We are truly saddened for the loss of your dad. We feel very blessed to have been able to know he and Cheryl and to be part of a family with all of you. We have celebrated graduations, weddings, the birth of a grandchild, and several Father’s Days together. We will continue to be here for you in the tough days ahead to do whatever we can.
    Hold onto the memories and good times you had with Jeff. There are many stories I know you have. Share those with Hudson so he knows the man he was. We love you all and we mourn his loss with you.
    Roger, Bonita, and Chelsea

  • I’m sorry to hear of the passing of the awsome jeff .he was in my class of 1983..he didn’t know a stranger. God bless u jeff.
    Teresa Brown

  • I will sure miss you Jeff! All your stops at the House. I really enjoyed making the Potato Salad for you. You always ask for it. Deepest Sympathy to the Family!

  • Soo sorry for the health issues Jeff had to go through. Sorry that at 55 his life on this earth is finished. Had him in school and always enjoyed him. He was always wearing a smile and was a joy to be around. So thankful that I was blessed by his presence in my life. Many prayers for his family for peace and comfort in the days and months ahead.

  • Cheryl and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Jeff and the good times at TRW. He sure was a card and good guy .Prayers to the family during this difficult time

  • So sad to hear of the passing of a classmate from this earthly life to the next. God bless his family and friends.
    Patrick Stout, MD FHS class of 1983

  • So very sorry to hear of Jeffs passing. Worked with him a short time at TRW. Always a ready smile, and quite the wry sense of humor. Condolences to Harmon, Cheryl, and families.

  • Cheryl ~
    Our prayers of love & a deep aloha for you and your family in the passing of Jeff.
    Your in our thoughts always
    Tsi Sim Mar – Dayna and Al Beyer

  • Jeffery my son, I’ve tried to get used to no early morning phone calls but it’s hard son. In the past 2 years we’ve talked almost every day if only for a few minutes you let me know how your day was going to go. You only had one day that you told me this is a bad day dad. I’m so grateful that you called me the day before you lost consciousness and you told me you were okay with going to the Lord. I’m glad you found Him but I’m still going to miss you. I will always love you Jeffrey. DAD

    • Harmon so very sorry for this tremendous loss of your son. May God give you peace and comfort knowing that he is in heaven and not having any more bad days.
      Deepest sympathies,
      Rene’ (Schwartz) Hefner

    • Harmon… so sorry to read of Jeff’s passing…. his sense of humor and infectious laughter always brought a smile to so many. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of a good man.

      • Deana thank you for thinking of us during this very difficult time. Jeffrey’s personality was bigger than his life could hold.

    • WE are so sorry for your loss, Harmon. You wrote a touching tribute to go with the formal obit. Jeff sounds like a chip off of your block.Much love to you and yours and God Bless> Bud & Jeannine

  • My heart breaks for your family. Jeff will be missed by many. He was ornery as could be but still had the schoolboy giggle the whole time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and an extra hug to Cheryl. We love ya!

  • I grew up around Jeff. I always loved his sense of humor. He always had a wise crack or something funny to say. He had an ornery infectious smile that I will always remember. Jess- “Be the things, you loved most about the people that are gone.”

  • So sorry to hear the loss of Jeff on this land! God has been blessed with another angel! Jeff will be missed by many! God bless his family!

  • I read through the condolences and a common denominator is his infectious smile and his sense of humor. I would have to agree. I appreciated his smile and laughter during Vo-Ag classes on on FFA activities. He did have a good eye for cattle and his advise was always welcomed.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your dad was always such a friendly guy. Keep his memories alive as you share all he was to you. Prayers, hugs, and blessings. Keith and Nancy Holtrey

  • To the entire Gaddis Family I send my deepest Sympathy I’m so sorry for the loss of Jeff ! Cheryl and Jeff were both work mates of mine at TRW we had a lot of good fun times there Cheryl I love you and I’m here for you if you need a friend to lean on ! Sending all my prayers to you and my love. God Bless ! 🙏🙏

  • Cheryl and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing! He was one of a kind! I am praying for God’s comfort for you in the coming days!

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I know he was loved and raised by a good man. Sending prayers to his family and friends.

  • My times growing up with Jeff will always be memories that I treasure. A day spent with Jeff was always an adventure to say the least!! He was ornery, witty, and always finding a way to turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. His grin was infectious and his personality was larger than life. I will miss you my old friend❤️

  • I would like to pass along my condolences to all of Jeff’s family. I have not seen Jeff in years, but he was such a good friend to me throughout high school. We shared a lot of laughs and good times. Those are very fond memories for me. It’s hard to believe he is gone.

  • Our deepest sympathy to Jeff’s entire family. He left this earth much too. We hope that fond memories of him will help you through this terrible loss. Our thoughts and friendship are being sent to all. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Harmon and Rita and families, so very sorry for the death of your son Jeff. Our deepest sympathy at this time of sorry. Many blessings and prayers to all.

  • Cheryl, so very sorry for your loss, Jeff will always and forever be deep in your heart and kept safe till you meet again, God Bless 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

  • Cheryl, so sorry for your loss of Jeff, my love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you, I love you.

  • To all of Jeff’s family, I am so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. My thought’s and prayers are with you.

  • Cheryl and family…we r so saddened of Jeff’s passing …although I did not work with him much..he always had a smile on his face.. so sorry again, he is not in pain anymore…love Mike and Kay

  • To the Gaddis Family,
    I am sorry about the loss of Jeff. I remember him from when my Mom and I went out to the house to have our hair done by Carole. When I go by the house, I think of your family from those long, long ago times. May God Bless You and keep all of you in His loving arms at this difficult time. God’s newest angel. 😇
    Judy Seymour

  • To Jess & family, so sorry for the loss of your dad. I did not know him well, but we shared a awesome boy Hudson , my great grandson and Jeff’s grand son. We spent time at Hudson’s birthday parties. It was awesome! Yes my heart and prayers are with you and your family. Love you Jess

  • To Harmon, Brent Cheryl & the Gaddis Family –
    You’re in our thoughts & prayers – – – It was nice to re-connect with Jeff the last few months at church – – – He was so happy to be there & regardless of how bad he must have been feeling, if he could he was there – – – I had the privilege of delivering a fruit basket to him last week – I was glad for the short visit I had with Jeff & Cheryl
    Bill & Jan Mast

  • Harmon, Cheryl, Brent and family,
    Condolences to you at the loss of your son, husbsnd, father and brother. I only knew Harlan and the Gaddis family growing up on Rt. 95. May God cover you with peace and comfort as you grief.

  • Dear Harmon, Brent, Cheryl, Anna, Jess and the Gaddis family,
    I was sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. It was good to see Jeff these last few months at church. He will be missed by friends and family. God bless you all and comfort you in the days ahead.
    With Love,
    Max Schonauer and family

  • Thinking of all of you at this time. We did not personally know Jeff, but Dean graduated with Carole and we are friends with many of his family. May God be with you.

  • Jeff you left us all too soon! You have left a huge hole in our heart. I am so happy I was able to help you when needed. Thank you for your fight but you can rest with God!! Love Vivian

  • Cheryl and Family my deepest condolences are with you all. May the Lord give each of you the strength needed to get through this time. Love you Cheryl and I’m here for you.

  • Harmon and family
    So very sorry to read of the passing of your son,Jeff. Keep all the happy memories
    close to your heart and he will always be there with you. Please know you and all
    of the Gaddis family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dad, I miss you so much and I keep hoping this is a bad dream I will wake up from. You left an unforgettable, positive mark on this life. I will cherish you forever and always. Your life was way too short and I can’t help but be selfish, and still long for you to be here. But I know you are free of pain now and flying high with the angels and that gives me comfort. Your smile and bold personality would light up a dark room. I will love you and always keep you with me until we meet again.

  • Dear Harmon and the entire Gaddis family! Our hearts are aching for all of you! Our deepest sympathy and we will be praying for each of you to have strength for the difficult days ahead. Love, Jon & Janice Ketter

  • Harman, Cheryl and family my prayers go out to you all. A wonderful man. RIH Jeff till we see you again. Love you Cheryl ❣️

  • I’m so sorry for the loss you are all having to go through this terrible, difficult time! I’d not had any contact with Jeff since High School but do remember his being outgoing, caring about others & his friendliness. He was liked by many!
    By reading some of the comments, I learned he was ill… such a young age for God to decide to take Jeff up to Heaven with Him. A special angel!
    Please accept my sympathy & prayers. May you feel God’s peace & love as you heal.
    Mary Alice Blanchard,
    Class of 1982

  • Although I never got to know Jeff, I see that he made a lot of people proud to have been in his orbit. He gave you love and made you happy…that’s is what I would expect for my cousin. I hope you find peace and only fond memories in the coming days. Love you, Cuz.

  • with love to the Gaddis family from the proper family sorry for your loss no words can take the pain away we are here for you Mr Harmon

  • My Deepest Sympathies, Prayers, Hugs to you Harmon, Rita, Brent, Bonnie, Jessica, Anna and your families. I know this is so sad for you and my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. Living far away from family is hard when times like theses is when all the support and love is needed. May tbe Wonderful Memories of Jeff be Celebrated as he is Happy and Healthy with God and his heavenly family. Love you, Connie

  • So sorry to hear about Jeff. I ran into him a couple months back at my cousins’ and I am glad we got to talk briefly. Jeff and I were tight in grade school and we played hard at recess daily. Jeff also attended our family’s annual trail ride a number of times in the 70’s and Jeff was practically family. I was also in 4-H with Jeff and we took steers to the fair. He and Brent were more than helpful to me as I was just a rookie. Lots of fun times as kids but I wish I had seen him more when we were adults. My thoughts and prayers are with Jeff’s family.

  • Dearest Cheryl, my deepest condolences for the loss of your husband. I know the days ahead will be heavy as you navigate life without Jeff. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Love, Elaine