Jeffrey J. Borland

April 26, 1943 ‒ December 28, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

Jeffrey James Borland passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 73.

Jeff was born April 26, 1943 in Akron and was the son of Weldon & Vivian (Knisley) Borland. After graduating from Buchtel High School, he attended The Ohio State University and the University of Mount Union studying chemistry and physics. Jeff worked many years for Phillips Petroleum and later for MEI (Midwest Elastomers Inc) from which he retired in 2002.

On September 4, 1965 Jeff married Alyce (Dies) Borland and the pair shared 31 wonderful years of marriage until she passed away in 1997.

Jeff collected model trains since childhood and was a member of the Train Collectors Association. He enjoyed setting them up and decorating for Christmastime—especially with his grandchildren. He made a wonderful Grandpa who loved spending time with his family and attended every one of his grandkid’s music and sporting events. He loving referred to them as his Angel Baby and his Hero.

Other hobbies Jeff enjoyed include: traveling to antique auctions and car shows, fishing, entertaining friends and family at his second home on Leesville Lake, “collecting” vintage Corvettes, and wintering in Florida. Jeff will be remembered for his quick wit and love of teaching others even if it meant he had to first learn the skill himself.

Jeff regularly attended Crossroads Community Church.

He is survived by three daughters: Cindy Borland of Amarillo, TX, Susan (Ron) Borland of Mansfield, and Debbie (Jeff) Stacklin of Mansfield; grandchildren Victoria Borland & Christopher Borland of Mansfield; an “adopted daughter” and close family friend Glynda Sell of Amarillo, TX; special friend Barb Mangan of Mansfield; along with many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

In addition to his loving wife, Jeff was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Pastor Ron Biddle officiating. A graveside service will be held later the same day (Saturday) at 2 p.m. in Longview Cemetery in Bowerston, Ohio.

As Jeff was a strong supporter of his grandkids’ musical endeavors at Lexington High School, contributions can be made to the Jeff Borland Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to Lexington Music Boosters, put Jeff’s name in the memo line, and send in care of the funeral home.

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  • Dear Cindy, Susan, Ron, Debbie, Jeff, Victoria and Christopher,
    We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Jeff’s death. We can only imagine Aunt Alyce waiting there to greet him and all of the other family members. I especially will always remember his kind words and great hugs! His support of me and willingness to help with a possible adoption search meant more than words can express. His kindness, along with your mother’s, will always hold a special place in my heart. I always smile as I drive past the Lucas Exit on I-71. God Bless you all. Love, Ellen and Terry Dies

  • Jeff and Alyce befriended me at Mount Union back in 1964. We shared many joyous experiences which we often reminisced about. They were models of a loving couple. We visited them at Leesville, celebrated with them when each of their three girls were born, and shared updates on how our families were doing.
    We stayed in contact through the years even though we lived in different states. Jeff visited with us in PA when he attended the Carlisle Corvette show and later the York Train show. We had a wonderful evening together when he visited last year.
    We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing. We know he will be missed by his family as he will be with us. But the good memories will always last. We praise God that we will all be together again in His kingdom.