Jeffrey D. Wilson

September 16, 1963 ‒ June 08, 2018

Sunbury, Ohio

Jeffrey Dale Wilson, of Sunbury went to the arms of Jesus on Friday, June 8, 2018 after a 17-month battle with Glioblastoma.  He was 54 years old.

He is survived by his wife, and Northridge High School Sweetheart, Marla, as well as their daughter Krystina (Matt) Fahey and son Daniel, his mother, Roberta Wilson, and sister Kim (Sam) Watton.  Preceded in death by his father Dale C. Wilson.

Jeff was an active member of the Sunbury, Ohio community for 31 years. He served for 30 years on the B.S.T.&G. Fire Department, starting as a volunteer Fire Fighter and retiring on January 31, 2018 after serving 6 years as Chief.  He was a member of the Sunbury United Methodist Church, and he found one of his greatest passions in helping with the annual Youth Work Mission Trip.  If he wasn’t working with the Church or out on a fire run, you could find him either on a sailboat at Alum Creek or spending time with his family.  He will be greatly missed by many.

Friends may call Monday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry St. at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 where services celebrating his life will be held 11:00 Tuesday in the Multi-purpose room, with Pastor Angie Buxton officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the B.S.T.&G. Fire Association, 350 W. Cherry St., Sunbury, Ohio 43074 or the Sunbury United Methodist Church Youth Work Mission Fund, 100 W. Cherry St., Sunbury, Ohio 43074.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Marla, I will be out of town for work and will be unable to pay my respects to Jeff during the calling hours, so I wanted to pay my respects here. I cannot imagine what you are feeling. You and Jeff were (are) such great role models for everyone. Pillars of strength, love, and faith. That is what will help you through this difficult time. We have known each other since childhood, and while we have had separate paths in adulthood, my fond memories of us never left. Sending you virtual hugs and love and will continue to pray for healing of your heart, and the strength to continue to move forward each day in spite of your loss.

  • Marla, Kristi and Danny,

    Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you, your family and Jeff’s many friends. Having worked a youth mission trip with Jeff it was amazing to watch him teach the youth and newbie volunteers. He always had a smile and most times it appeared to be a mischievous one. Danny, you are a shining example of your Dad as we watched you teach the youth just like your Dad. May your memories bring you comfort and the love of family and friends surround you as Jesus holds each of you in his arms.

    Much love- Dan and Cindy Noel

  • I have been at Lakeside and not reading things on my computer. Please know that you, Marla and your family are in my prayers.

  • Marla , I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that you and Jeff shared a most loving relationship. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love you,
    Diane and Bill

  • Marla
    Chuck and I will not be able to attend services for Jeff
    Please know you and your family are in our prayers.
    Chuck and Mary

  • Marla and family. My heart goes out to all. Jeff fought a good battle. My God bring peace to you all.

    Sue Antolik

  • Prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time. Thinking of all of you.

  • Marla,
    I am so sorry for your loss. The best thing that ever happened to Jeff was you and then your children. He has touched many lives through out his life. Mine included. You and your family are in my prayers. I pray that you will find comfort in your hearts knowing that he know longer suffers. Your Faith will get you through. Blessing to you and your family.

  • Marla, kristy,Danny
    Myself and my family are heart broken
    Jeff took me under his wing as a probate firefighter 28 years ago and taught me so much over the years! The girls have fond memories of the early days turning the dump tank into a pool and Jeff doing cannon balls into it!
    Our hearts go out to you guys!
    He is in a place we all Strice to be in one day!

  • Danny,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Danny and Family

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

    Pam Huff

  • Marla, Kristi and Danny, it is most difficult to know what to say at a time like this. Jeff was many things to so many people. My heart aches for your family ; love and fath will help you all through this time. He was was a terrific soccer coach to my daughter and countess other Celebrate your true love and the kind compationateb man who touch so may liveMost remarkable .Godspeed

  • I am so sorry to hear this. I will never forget Jeff’s smiling face at all the soccer games. Thinking of you all in this most difficult time.
    Tara (Cain) Haley

  • Marla, this breaks my heart. I’m so sorry. My thoughts are with you and the family. I remember all the fun times we had at Northridge!

  • So, so sorry for your loss Marla, my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your. God bless you all.

  • Jeff was one of the funniest and most light-hearted people I have ever meet. I will always remember him as a kind and respectable man.

  • I remember the first time I met Jeff , he was so full of fun and happy energy. His sense of humor, kindness and love for people was so refreshing. I’m saddened by this news but I smile when I think of his warm and welcoming spirit. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God keep you in all near and dear for comfort, strength, and love. Jeff, you are truly missed and it was an honor to have met you. Your positive energy will hold a special place on earth and in the hearts of those that had the pleasure of meeting you. May you rest in paradise with our heavenly father. Love and blessings to the Wilson family.

    Love and Blessings,


  • Danny, receive my sincere condoleances. This is a hard time for you and your family and your faith will get you through. Only God gives and only him can take away. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Do Marla, Kristi,And Danny, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss and sadness. I have heard so many beautiful things about your husband, marla and your wonderful dad, Kristi and Danny. Certainly is dancing in Heaven, saying to you and all of us, “ wait until you see this! “

  • Dear Marla, Kristi,And Danny, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss and sadness. I have heard so many beautiful things about your husband, Marla and your wonderful dad, Kristi and Danny. Certainly he is dancing in Heaven, saying to you and all of us, “ wait until you see this! “

  • Marla, Kristi, Danny, So many wonderful and lasting memories of Jeff. I know God has a special castle waiting for such a strong believer. May your hearts be a peace during this time.

  • Just wanted you to know we are thinking about you and your family. I’m sure working 30+ years with the fire department left a lasting imprint on the community. Sorry for your loss.

  • Marla,

    I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Jeff was a great guy. I was in Jerusalem today and I left a prayer note on the Western Wall asking for peace and comfort for you and your family. According to the Jewish faith, these prayers and notes ascend directly to God.

    I’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as well.


  • Danny and family,
    I want to extend my deepest condolences for the loss of a father, husband, and friend. May God walk with you each and everyday to comfort you. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Paula Strawser

  • Marla,
    My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all right now. Please accept my heart felt condolences?


  • Marla,
    My heart breaks for you. Keeping you and your family in our prayers. I cant make the service and feel really bad about it..but im sure you understand. Jeff will be missed by so many, he was such a good man. Again, if you need anything im a stones throw right behind you.
    Diana Horsley

  • Danny and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Ryan Patterson

  • We send prayers and peace for your great loss. May your memories give you some comfort.

  • Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Your friends at Northwest Mothers Milk Bank in Oregon are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joanne and Lesley
    Northwest Mothers Milk Bank

  • Marla,
    I am so saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. I do hope that loving memories of Jeff will carry you and your family forward as you adjust to life without him. I’m sure you must realize that he is in “another room” (so to speak) in this vast universe, finally free from the confinements of his physical body.

    I hope that you can sense his spiritual essence and that his love for you keeps you strong and courageous.

    Many loving thoughts,
    Julie Bouchet-Horwitz