Jeffrey W. Monebrake
December 15, 1960 ‒ March 27, 2020
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