Jeffrey W. Monebrake

December 15, 1960 ‒ March 27, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Jeffrey W. “Jeff” Monebrake passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on Friday, March 27, 2020, at The James.

Jeff grew up in Pickerington, Ohio (on Triple J Farm), the youngest of three children born on December 15, 1960 to the late, Frank J. and Bette J. (Harkleroad) Monebrake. Jeff graduated from Pickerington High School in 1978, where he was known as the class clown. He attended The Ohio State University before receiving his BS degree in Business from Franklin University. Jeff had the honor of serving as a councilman in his hometown of Pickerington.

He was a great athlete. He grew up riding dirt bikes on the family farm. As an adult he completed numerous triathlons in his 20’s and 30’s. He grew to love bicycling. In the summer of 1996, along with a good friend, he rode 3829 miles from San Francisco, CA to Portsmouth, NH. The cross-country ride, organized by “America By Bicycle”, was completed in 51 days averaging over 80 miles per day. This was an accomplishment that Jeff was very proud of.

Having grown up riding motorcycles and 4-wheelers, Jeff became an avid dirt bike rider. He loved the sport and participated in rides and races whenever he could, right up until this past summer. The past few years he had also gotten involved in adventure tour riding and traveled to an annual event in Tellico Plains, TN every spring. He made so many great friends through this pastime that he loved so much.

In the late 90’s Jeff began helping his parents develop their farm on Long Road in Pickerington. It was then that he found his passion for real estate and land development. Jeff loved working with landowners helping them to realize the value in their property. It was always personal to him, because he knew for many this was their retirement and in some cases everything they had. He was so excited when he had the opportunity to partner with two of his best friends that he had known since grade school. Jeff and his wife, Jodie, worked together in their real estate business, Triple J Team, Key Realty. Most real estate clients ended up becoming friends and some became like family.

Jeff loved to travel, especially to places that he could spend time hiking. Some of his favorite trips were Hawaii, Jackson Hole, WY, Grand Tetons, Montana, Yellowstone National Park, Moab, UT, Durango, CO, Sedona, AZ, and Grand Canyon National Park.  He and Jodie were married in Lake Tahoe on July 26, 1999. Traveling memories that were most special to him were the many summer trips that he, Jodie and Jordan made to Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan.

Jeff was larger than life and did whatever he could to make everyone laugh as often as possible. He was like a big kid, but he had a very serious side as well. He never rested, never gave up and never stopped if there was something that needed to be done. He would take every opportunity to help others. He was a great friend. He was a great husband and provider and completely devoted to his family. He was an amazing father. His fierce love for his son was truly incredible. He was Jordan’s biggest cheerleader and will be missed at Big Walnut cross country and track meets. Everyone knew who Jeff was and how much he loved Jordan.

Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bette Monebrake. Jeff is survived by his loving wife of over twenty years, Jodie; his 15 year old son, Jordan; sister, Joyce Lee; brother and sister-in-law, John and Debra Monebrake; niece, Angela Perry; nephews, John and Joe Monebrake; great-nephews, Austin and Ethan Perry; in-laws, Rev. Jerry and Mary Lewis; and many extended family members and in-laws that will dearly miss Jeff and his zest for life.

A private service was held for family, commencing with burial at Violet Cemetery. A public Celebration of Life will be held in Jeff’s hometown of Pickerington at a later date.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

                                                                                                          II Timothy 4:7

  • Jody , I’m so sorry for your family’s loss I didn’t know Jeff long but I enjoyed talking to you both at Andrian Xmas party
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son
    Kristi Blair

  • I met Jeff when he came to the Sunbury cleaners to talk to me about the need for children’s coats a few years ago. He was so sweet an kind . He said for me not to worry about the kids coats we were collecting for our annual coat drive , he went out to the goodwill an bought all sizes of kids coats an brought them to me . I knew when I met him I had a new friend , my prayers are with you both at this time . Jeff’s passing is such a great loss to many of us . He’s gone but never forgotten.Jane Milburn

  • We loved him the first time we met him -walking in to the Chamber office on Sunbury Square 2 years ago. What a character! Huge heart and a generous soul. He will be missed.

    God bless & Prayers for your family.

  • So much love and life in the man. I can see it still blossoming in all the social media posts. He left behind a legacy of lives touched. So sorry he had to leave so soon. My heart is with you both.

  • What can I say about Jeff that hasn’t been said…..that goes to show you the impact he left. I recall losing power for a few days and it was getting really cold in our home. I had made a post about us bundling up and Jeff messaged me immediately saying he was on his was with his generator…..that was Jeff. When Collin and I lost my mom, Jeff made sure Collin was ok. He took him golfing with Jordan. He will never know how much a two hour event meant to a 13 y/o boy. Jeff was always smiling and cracking jokes, that’s what I’ll miss about him. Big hugs Jodie & Jordan. We are here for both of you.

  • Jeff was my taco buddy. We meet when I was going to sell my house. He was such a funny caring person. I ended up not selling but I met him and Jody for Mexican one day and we have all been friends on Facebook since. So sorry for your loss You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!

  • Great friend and all around great guy , truly one of a kind. God speed and RIP Jeff , You’ll be missed as the woods will never be the same.

    Tim & Tricia

  • Jeff touched so many lives and know heaven he will be doing the same thing with a smile on his face and joy in his heart. Hugs Jodie & Jordan!

  • My sincere condolences to Jody, Jordan and all of Jeff’s family and friends. I’m sure you are twisting the throttle up in Heaven with all the greats. Gone but never forgotten. Ride on friend.

  • Many will remember Jeff driving an old Rambler in high school. What people don’t know is Jeff started the first right turn on red. We were in Reynoldsburg one night where 256 dead ends into Main St. After waiting longer than we wanted Jeff bumped the car in front of us a couple times and made enough room for us to turn right . I’ve always credited him with the first ever right turn on red! Many more stories I could tell. Love you and miss you!

  • Jodie- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Jordan! Jeff was an incredible person and friend! He will be truly missed!❤️

  • Beautifully written in memory of a truly kind man with such a deep fun loving soul! He will be both missed and yet remembered beyond time itself! Our hearts and prayers are with you and your son through this very hard time. Never forget that he would never want anyone sad only happy like he made anyone feel when he was with them. His spirit will never leave us. Let us feel his laugher everytime we breath. That would be Jeff’s wish. Both his and God’s blessings will be with you every minute of every day.

  • Jodie & Jordan, our deepest condolences. Jeff will be greatly missed at XC and Track meets and at every school event by many fellow parents that enjoyed his always available, bits of wisdom, humor or and opinion! Your Big Walnut community is here for you as we remember Jeff exactly as we knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jodie and Jordan,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Couldn’t imagine what you’re going through. May you cherish the loving memories of Jeff forever. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs🙏🙏

  • Jodie and Jordan,

    I was honored to know him. Enjoyed being around him. This obituary is beautiful. Y’all did a great job. Glad your in our lives. God Bless. Please let us know if you need anything!

    The Fosters

  • I’ll never forget our trip to the Kentucky derby compliments of Jakie Ziliak and her brother the trainer. Jeff borrowed a friends large camper and off we went. Jeff had us in stitches the whole trip with his humor. I hadn’t seen Jeff in a while, but would msg him on FB every now and then to keep in touch. I am very saddened by his leaving this world, but take solace in knowing he is now forever with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God speed my friend and thanks for the great memories.

  • The kids and I have been praying every morning for you and Jordan. That our amazing Father would hold you in his arms and blanket you with comfort. Love you! Shendra and kids (Charlotte, Kaleb, Annabelle, and Luke)

  • Jodie and Jordan, I went to school with Jeff. Like everyone else I was shocked to read when you posted that Jeff had passed! From all the comments and posts You know how much Jeff was loved and respected! Always the clown…if something happened at school Jeff was probably in the middle of it! Laughing while running thinking they would get away with it! Jeff is now with his mom and dad but also your angel watching over you both!

  • Jodie, Jeff was a legend in Pickerington. My sons went to school with him.
    Wish you and Jordan my best Marian Reitano

  • Sorry for your loss Jodi, I met Jeff in 1990 when he moved in across the street from me In Pickerington. He was the neighborhood clown but with a big heart. I went on several motorcycle trips with him in Logan and always had a blast.
    I will miss my friend.

  • Jeff was a great guy with a huge personality. An energy like his is never really gone; echoes will linger in his friends, his family, in Jodie, and in Jordan, for years to come. He’ll be missed, but he’ll be remembered with joy, because nobody can think of Jeff without smiling.

    Much love to you all,
    The Kupfer-Trausch family: Ben, Shannon, Emma and Hunter

  • Burkhart family sending their deepest condolences! our prayers with you! Chris and Claudia

  • Jeff and I literally ran into each other at Wayne National Forest several years ago on our dirt bikes. He was riding with a group and I was looking for a group to ride with, but I was going the opposite way at the time. Turned out, we had identical bikes, so we began exchanging stories and riding together. Eventually, he helped my wife and me find the home of our dreams and we continued to go to events together.

    I was shocked to learn that he had cancer and had died. He will be sorely missed. I’m sure I will think about him every time I go riding in the future.

    Jodie, if there’s anything you and Jordan need, please let us know. We hope to keep in touch with you and know you will always be in our hearts. Tim Wefler

  • I met him in class at one of the many, for Key Realty. My condolences to the family.

    Yvonne Spruel

  • I just found out about Jeff’s passing. I am in tears. May his soul live on in and thru as he was one of the good ones! My God’s strength and peace be with you Jodie and the family.

    Yvetta Harrison
    Key Realty