Jerrold J. “Jerry” Cannon

October 01, 1938 ‒ February 11, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

Jerrold John “Jerry” Cannon, age 80, of Sunbury, Ohio, passed away at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus on Monday evening February 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 1st, 1938 in Columbus, son of the late Harold J. and Mildred L. (Kuhns)  Cannon.

Jerry was a 1957 graduate of New Albany High School, where he excelled in sports, especially in track. He proudly worked for the Sutphen Corporation, in Amlin, Ohio for 27 years, retiring as a supervisor.  Jerry traveled throughout the country demonstrating, delivering, and repairing fire trucks for Sutphen. He married the love of his life, Betty J. Armstrong, January 11, 1986 in Gahanna.

An avid hunter and fisher, he also enjoyed gardening and watching NASCAR races. In fact, Jerry loved working on his own stock cars and racing them at tracks including the Columbus Motor Speedway. Most recently he drove in the Legends Racing events, which use cars that are 5/8-scale replicas of American autos from the 1930s and 1940s.

He loved being with family and friends. A caring and devoted man, Jerry worked hard and was known to be a jokester.  He attended all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, and was a good teacher for his boys. His greatest accomplishment was raising a fine family and seeing his children raise fine families of their own.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by brothers Harold, Patrick, and Edward, and by sisters Louise and Mary Lou. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of over 33 years, along with sons Jerry (Jackie), Johnstown, Andrew (Jacque), also of Johnstown, step-sons Todd (Cheryl) Rhodes, Dallas, TX and Jason (Laura) Rhodes, Sunbury; daughter Eva Cannon, Newark; nine grandchildren: Chelsea, Riley (Kayla), Paige, Aly, Krista, Max, Mason, Brayden, and Weston; brother Tom (Margie) Cannon, New Albany; sisters Teresa (Howard) Freeman, Wooster, Betty (Ron) Tyo, Buckeye Lake, and Kathryn Alton, Worthington.

Friends may call Friday, February 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9633 E. OH 37 in Sunbury. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place immediately following, with Father Paul Noble officiating. Burial will follow at Trenton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, at:

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Cannon family.  Special memories and condolences may be expressed to them at


  • Dear Jerry and Jackie,
    My deep sympathy to you and to your children and to your entire loving and most special family…may God speed your dad and grandfather home to Him and may they both look down upon all of you, reminding you of the love you all shared for one another…what a blessed life he led and what an example to you all…my heart aches for you, Mary Anne Ledinsky

  • My condolences to the family. Please read Isaiah 25:8” He will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth. For Jehovah himself has spoken it.”


  • Jerry, Andy, and Eva,
    Thinking of you during this time of loss of your father. May peace and comfort surround you. There are many wonderful memories of him while growing up in New Albany. Our prayers are with you.
    Wayne and Carol Barb