Jeffrey W. ‘Jeff’ Thomas

October 14, 1960 ‒ March 06, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Jeffrey W. “Jeff” Thomas, age 57, of Marion, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

The second of four sons to Willis C. and Gwendolyn E. (Epley) Thomas, Jeff was born in Marion, Ohio on October 14, 1960.  Growing up, Jeff attended Trinity Baptist Church.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School (class of 1979), and he furthered his education at Judson College in Elgin, Illinois.

Jeff adored his family, especially his wife, Mishelle, whom he met at a Bible study group.  They were married on November 19, 1988, at Epworth United Methodist Church.  Together they shared twenty nine years of marriage and lovingly raised three wonderful children: Matthew, Lauren, and Luke.

Dedicated to his work, Jeff served as the building maintenance supervisor at Marion County Job and Family Services for twenty-four years.  Jeff loved helping others.  Known for his creativity and ingenuity, he always searched for the most efficient way to get the job done.

Jeff was an avid Ohio sports fan. He shared his love of basketball with all three of his children, and enjoyed watching each of them play.

At home, Jeff could often be found tinkering with his model train sets.  This, along with fishing, was a hobby he shared with his family.  Jeff looked forward to annual fishing trips to Michigan with his brothers, nephews, and son, Matt.  Recently, he also enjoyed joining Matt on his boat to share more fishing adventures together.

Jeff appreciated the simple things in life. He didn’t want for anything and took great pride in fixing and salvaging everything he could.  He also enjoyed games of strategy and challenge, always trying to defeat his beloved family.

A quiet and introspective man, whenever Jeff spoke, he spoke with conviction, believing firmly in his ideas.  He had his own ornery way of showing his family how much he loved them and could be quite the “showman,” turning on the jokes whenever he felt the occasion called for it.

Jeff will be missed by his wife, Mishelle (Middleton) Thomas of Marion; three children: Matthew of Oregon, OH, Lauren and Luke of Marion; his parents: Willis and Gwendolyn Thomas of Marion; three brothers: Rev. Christopher (Laura) of Mansfield, Andrew (Lisa) of Marion, and Rev. Kevin (Michi) of N. Canton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, at Prospect St. United Methodist Church, 185 S. Prospect St., Marion, with Pastor Therese Lehman officiating.  Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Local Schools. Any contributions can be sent to the funeral home.  They will be used for the purchase of a retractable American flag for the high school gym.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jeff’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via

  • Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Mishelle, Matthew, Lauren and Luke on the loss of Jeff.
    Jeff was always ready with wit and a big grin. A true “Jack of all trades “ he could fix anything! A real friend that made work a better place.
    Love and Hugs,

  • Mishelle, Matt, Lauren, Luke, Gwen, Willis, Chris, Andrew, Kevin, and all other family,

    We cannot even begin to adequately express our sadness and sympathy to each of you! Jeff was a remarkable man, and we have so appreciated the opportunity to rekindle our friendship and relationship with him at Pleasant basketball games. He was a blessing to be around, and he will be greatly missed!

    We know that, although this separation is only temporary, these are difficult times. Our prayer is that God will sustain each one of you with His perfect peace! You have made beautiful memories together as a family, and we trust that you will be able to find joy and comfort as you reflect on them.

    You are loved, and we will be repeatedly lifting you in our prayers!

  • Mishelle and family,
    My deepest sympathy. Jeff always had a kind word to say and a smile on his face. He was always a pleasure to work and talk with.
    Tami Galloway

  • Deepest sympathy to all the family. Even though we know as Christians where your loved one’s soul is, it is so hard to bear the feeling of loss. My daughter Sharon Haydn died in July last year and I still waken some mornings thinking it was just a dream . We know that God has a plan for each of us and , as the old hymn says, “we’ll understand it better by and by” ,the ‘here and now” can be hard to bear. May you be comforted by the love of God and the Presence of His Holy Spirit. Trust in our Lord Jesus, He will not forsake you or leave you. Prayerfully, Janet

  • Please know my condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with all of the Thomas family members. Sincerely, Jill (Somerlot) Elzinga

  • Dearest Thomas Families,
    A memory is a keepsake of time that lies forever in the heart. May your treasured memories along with our Heavenly Father bring comfort during your time of loss. Our prayers and sympathy are with you during this most difficult time.
    In His Love,
    The Harp Families

  • Mishelle and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and peace knowing Jeff is safe in his care. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow.

    Michael and Diane Chamberlain

  • So sorry for your loss. In my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Jeff at Job and Family he spoke of his family often and was so proud of each of you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Willis, Gwen, Chris, Kevin, and Andrew….. my heart is grieving as I just learned of the loss of Jeff. While I know, as you all do, that he is with Jesus and n the glorious place of Heaven…. I know that it’s a very sad time. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for this great loss. May God bring comfort to each aching heart though the promise of eternal life and the power of His resurrection.

  • Mishelle and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for you all.

  • We are thinking of you all. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you all to know peace and His wonderful comfort.

  • Mishelle and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Jeff and was always amazed at his skill for fixing almost anything. His wit kept me smiling. He will truly be missed.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Jeff was a great guy to work with. I was always amazed at how he could fix almost anything and his wit kept a smile on everyone’s face. He will truly be missed!

  • Mishelle, although I have only met you through me working at the Elementary cafeteria, my husband and I send you our deepest sympathy. God is good and may you and your family find peace. God bless!!

  • Mishelle and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We akways enjoyed chatting witb Jeff on our walks. He was a great guy to work with at JFS.
    Larry and Kathy Laird

  • Dear Mishelle, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you as I know the deep pain of this loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. If you ever need to talk know that my heart and ears are open and ready to listen. I am so so sorry.

  • Dear Thomas families,
    Our thoughts, and prayers are with all of the Thomas’. We are sorry for your loss. Jeff left for all who knew him a wonderful legacy, beautiful memories and Christian testimony.
    We pray you are comforted during this time of loss.
    Jeff and Lisa McCoy

  • Dear Thomas Family, I am very saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. A wave of emotions of our friendship swept through my memory. There was no better place to grow up than our neighborhood. From running up and down the alley, swinging from that big old grand willow tree, to exploring every inch of the back yard of the Thomas home. We had our own MLB and NFL field right there on the Forest Lawn strip. I think we were the last group of kids to use that area as a playground. I remember we always got excited when the Big O truck would come down the street to unload at the Lawsons store. Once a year we could venture around the different schools and hear the drum and bugle corps practicing for the big parade. Wow, those were the days, they really were. We didn’t have a worry in the world, just plain old fun. All that fun was only possible by the loving, warm and inviting nature of the Thomas family and I would like to thank you for all of those memories. I will never forget Jeff and all those wonderful times. May God bless and comfort you during this trying time. Love, Ronnie

  • We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s going so soon to be with his Lord. While knowing where he is now eases the pain, it certainly doesn’t remove it. Growing up with him, we know how he brought so much joy and laughter to everyone he was with. We pray for God’s comfort and strength for all of you at this very difficult time.

    • Thank you both, we still imagine that he is going to walk in the door any minute. I guess, we will have to wait to go visit him.

  • Dear Chris and Laurie,
    So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Judson. What a lovely tribute written about his life of service to others and love of family. I know he will be missed. May God bless you and your family with His peace that passes our own understanding.

  • I was so very saddened by Jeff’s sudden passing. I worked with Jeff for many years at Marion County Job and Family Services and thoroughly enjoyed lunching with him and his quick wit and smile. He was a great guy and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.