Jesse Shepard Packard

May 07, 1983 ‒ December 16, 2015

Galion, Ohio

Jesse Shepard Packard, age 32, lost his 10 month battle with cancer December 16, 2015.

Jesse was born in Galion, Ohio, but his passion for travel took him all over Europe and South America. He loved exploring new places, experiencing their cultures, and he was especially gifted in learning their languages. He also loved hiking, exploring waterfalls, and snowboarding. He will always be remembered for his talent in playing and creating music and his interest in art, photography and architecture. Most of all he loved laughing and hanging out with his friends.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he also spent time teaching others about the Bible and his hope for the future when “the meek shall inherit the Earth”.

He graduated from OSU with a degree in Computer Sciences. He taught English in Ecuador and Chile and was working on a degree in Linguistics when he got sick.

He is survived by his parents Michael and Rebecca Packard, two brothers, Joel Packard of Boulder, Colorado and Micah (Ashley) Packard of Cañar, Ecuador, his cousin Andrea, hosts of wonderful close friends and his especially dear friend Kimmi.

A memorial service will be held for Jesse at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 915 Portland Way North, Galion, Ohio on December 26th at 2:00 p.m., officiated by his brother Micah. Visitation will start at 12:00 p.m.. Please bring or send pictures and written stories of your adventures with Jesse to share with the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kingdom Hall to be forwarded to Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jesse Packard, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Our hearts are heavy with sadness. Jesse was loved by so many. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family. We look forward to welcoming Jesse, his dear friend our nephew David, and other loved ones back in the near future. Then we will shed only tears of happiness.

  • Dear friends at this very sad time just know that you and your family are in our hearts and in our prayers.
    Jesse was loved by so many. And we will miss him very much. Much love Clyde & Judy

  • We will miss Jesse much. We will miss him at the campfire with our girls, Monica and Petra. We will miss him at our get togethers. We will miss his witty humor. We will miss his hugs. We will miss his smiles. He was one who had great faith and used his youth to share with others the truth found in God’s word. We are so sorry for Mike and Becky, who’s hearts are in pain. Sorry his brothers who lost there friend . It was nice for Jesse to visit our home 3 months ago , despite losing his strength. But he loved his friends and found a way to be beside them one October evening at the campfire. Thanks Jesse. Thanks a bunch . And thank you Mike and Becky for raising such a fine young man .

  • I’m Daniel Mann, a friend of Jesse’s from High School. I’m very sorry about the loss of Jesse. I had Phys Ed with him as a class mate for a semester or two. May God bless the family and may God be with you Jesse forever more. My fiance and I send our condolences. God bless you Jesse buddy. Your friend from High School, Daniel Mann “Dan the Man”. – 12/17/2015. 8:09pm.

  • To the family of Jesse-To Mom & Dad and Brothers we send our condolences- Jesse always was smiling and joking around – a good natured brother- fun to be around – lit up the room when he was around -we will be very glad to welcome him back in the resurrection Rev 21:3.4
    We send our love – Tom & Betty

  • Dear Friends. At this very sad time please know that you are in our prayers. We watched Jesse grow from a boy into a fine young man. He was loved by many we will miss him. Much love. Clyde & Judy

  • Dear Friends,
    My heart is broken with yours at this sad news. I only had the privilege of talking with Jesse a few times & each time was a joy. Jesse had a knack for making others feel immediately like the dearest of friends. His love of Jehovah, life & humor was energizing. We can be so sure of his resurrection that we see him instantly awakened & alive in the future, eager to embrace you all & to begin new adventures in the new world so soon to come. It won’t be long, but I know you will miss him terribly until then. May our loving Father, Jehovah, the God of all comfort, hold & sustain each of you through these difficult last few days before your joyous reunion. (Psalm 34:18)
    With heartfelt prayers & Christian love,
    Debbie Henry

  • We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Jesse. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family. May Jehovah and his promises for the future give you comfort during this difficult tme.
    All our love Bob and Susanne Evans

  • Dear Becky and Mike,
    There are no words… We can only try to imagine your grief and pain. How grateful we can be that our loving God Jehovah has Jesse already tucked away in his memory and he will be awakened soon! What a remarkable young man he was! From the words above it’s easy to see that he touched many lives in a beautiful way.

    Warm Christian love,
    Cheryl & Earl

  • Jesse was such an outstanding example for all young friends in our organization. He made us all proud to point to him as a strong spiritual person whose example should be imitated by all. A credit to his God and his parents. May our shared hope console all our saddened hearts. Our love to the Family – sincerely – Mike & Cyndi Conte

  • Major loss….a man of great character and full of life. He will surely be missed and may his family get through this sad time. Prayers for fiends and family of this amazing man!

  • I met Jesse at an international convention. We instantly connected and got together to share travel experiences. Jesse loved to travel and heightened my excitement to travel to South America. I loved chatting about fascinating places with him. He truly loved people. I feel priveleged to have met him. Your family is in my sincerest prayers to Jehovah. I pray that Jehovah gives you his spirit of peace and that through the hope we all share you will be comforted. I can’t wait to welcome him back soon. Only a few days left until then…

  • So very sorry to hear about Jesse. Although I didn’t know him personally, I have quite a few friends that were close to him. I always heard wonderful things about Jesse and look forward to meeting him in the New World. Having just lost my father to cancer in September, I know nothing can take away the pain, only our hope from Jehovah can lessen our pain a bit with time. How we all long for the day when He says it’s time and brings his New World. Please know you are all in my heart and my prayers during these difficult days.
    Christian Love,
    Natalie Fisher

  • We were so surprised and shocked about hearing of Jessie’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Although we never knew Jessie very good, we do know how much it must hurt to lose a child. He will be missed by many, but with the realization of the New World soon to be upon us, hopefully we will get to know him as a brother. Take comfort in our Lords words that he will soon be resurrected to a paradise earth, reunited once again with those he loves.

  • Jesse was the best part of my childhood. My other half and very best friend. We learned to skate together, ride bikes, and snowboard. Countless hours spent watching spiderman and playing lightsabers. Getting lost together and then found. Every happy memory has him in it. My heart is broken. He was truly one of the good guys. All of my love to his family. Mike and Becky, I love you!

  • Dear Mike and Becky,
    So sorry to hear about Jessie. You have many good memories and the assurance that in a little while you will be hugging again. Our love and prayers to you.
    Be v and Chuck Winget

  • I remember a lot of good times with Jesse in Middle School and High School. Many good times of smiles and laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of loss.

  • I was so sorry to hear about Jeese passing. He was a wonderful person even when we became friends through another tragedy. He was always smiling. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. Look forward to seeing Jesse in the new world. Love Lisa

  • This is a cruel world but we do not grieve as others do because of our hooe. However that does not mean we do not grieve. We will miss Jesse immensely and while it is painful for those left behind we will be there to welcome him and many others back. I still have the red scarf he brought back from Chile for me. I admired his adventurous spirit. Many prayers are headed your way from Montana. The last enemy death will soon be done away with and then we can rejoice together.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. How wonderful it is that we have the assured promise of being with our loved ones again. Until that time arrives may your many wonderful memories of Jesse and all of your adventures carry you through.
    Our first memory of Jesse was actually pre-birth. Mike had given a talk at our KH and we hosted your family. Becky was so nauseous and I teased her, three months later I was pregnant with Katie and Becky had the opportunity (which she took on with her typical great humor) to tease me in like manner! Over the years there are very many memories of watching our children grown into adults. Jesse was an outstanding example of what we all hope our children grow into. Kind, loving, humorous, giving, and most of all a fine spiritual man.
    Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers, all our love to you.

  • I have fond memories of Jesse and his brothers as students in my art room. So very sorry to hear the news of his passing. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends , you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Dear family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. As someone who battled cancer, I understand the fears and struggles Jesse experienced. I know the hardest part had to be watching you all feel the pain of his loss. I’m positive he had made his peace with the situation. I got to spend a little time with him in October when Sean was here from CA and he was in great spirits. He was an encouragement to me. We will all see him soon! May Jehovah comfort you.

  • Heartfelt thoughts and prayer are with the entire family. Jesse was one of those genuine brothers – always laughing smiling and kind to everyone! My heart is certainly heavy for his family. The friends hearts are heavy too.

    Let’s look forward to the time where we can stand again with Jesse and say “O death where is your sting?” May Jehovah sustain everyone until that time.

    Much love,

    Danielle Bell-Sullivan

  • Dear Mike, and Becky and family. Many sad Hearts go our to you.
    Jesse will always be remember by his family and so many of his friends.
    He always had a hug to give when he saw each of us. May Jehovah always
    give you the comfort you need. Our love to you.

  • Words cannot express the sadness I feel at hearing about Jesse’s falling asleep in death. I can’t imagine how Mike, Becky, Micah, and Joel must feel! Although we have know the condition of those asleep in death, and although we have the sure hope of the resurrection, it doesn’t replace our loved ones like Jesse while they’re out of our presence. We have our memories to be cherished of him, and much to tell him about when he awakens. Knowing Jesse, he’ll likely have something funny to say to everyone at that glorious time. Until then, my deepest sympathies go to his family, as well as all those close to him. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

    Much Love,

  • Mike & Becky, Micah & Joel.
    Our hearts are broken!! Pat was there when Jesse was born, he was such a big part of our lives and a huge part of our kids lives. He was an awesome person, loved Jehovah with his whole heart. He will be missed!! We love you guys!!

  • Dear Becky, Mike and brothers,
    It saddened us to hear about your loss . May our God Jehovah comfort all of you. Our hope of seeing our loved ones is what keeps us going in these trials.
    With love, Wayne and Linda

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Are hearts are just broken for you. Jesse was amazing in everyway. We look foward to the day when we will see him again happy and healthy. We know Jehovah has him safe in his memory but also we know he is feeling your pain. If you need anything please let us know. We are keeping you in our pryers. We are again so sorry for your loss.

  • My friends Mike and Becky
    Words cannot express my shock when I read the news of your loss.
    Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months ahead.
    Your Florida Friend
    Katie Lafoe

  • Mike, Becky, Micah, and Ashley,

    Thank you so much for allowing me to have time with Jesse last week. It meant the world to be with him and with all of you. I’m sitting here smiling, thinking of the fact that he made a few little jokes, still trying to make us all laugh even though he was going through so much. So typical of him. He has so much of my heart and will a million years into eternity. When I think of home, it will never be without the thought of him. I look forward to so many more years of fun and friendship with him in the future, a perfect friendship that will far surpass the short preview we had in this world. To quote a favorite poem of mine, when I think of him, I think,

    “I am but waiting for you,
    for an interval.
    Somewhere, very near.
    Just around the corner.
    All is well.”

  • Dear Mike and Becky, Although we didn’t really know Jesse we are surely looking forward to the time when we will. Time goes by so fast. It seems only yesterday when we knew you Becky as a young girl and now you have lost one of your wonderful children. We know this loss is temporary but that does not lessen the anguish you feel now. Our thoughts , hearts and tears are with you both. With much love, Warren and Gretchen

  • My heart goes out to your and your family. The loss of a son, a brother and a friend is a loss no words can ever take away. Only the thought that the one we have lost is now sleeping, without suffering can even just begin to comfort. The thought that our loving Father, Jehovah knows our pain personally and cared enough to suffer His own pain as he saw his beloved son die to redeem us, his other children, from this awful sorrow can console us. To know that one of Jehovah’s wondrous works is that the resurrection of Jesse to a life full of health and vitality is as sure as the dawn follows the night will bring you courage in the days ahead. Remember the words of Song 110 when you think of Jesse…Jehovah’s spirit was there even in those dark moments for him and even in the depths of Sheol, he will never be hidden from Jehovah’s face or memory. May the sure hope that your entire family have been busy sharing with others all these years bring comfort to all of you now as you look forward to the bright future ahead of us.

  • Mike, Becky, Joel, Micah and Ashley: our hearts are breaking with yours. Such a loss for this world and everyone who knew Jesse. We know why these things happen but it does not soften our grief. Thank goodness for the resurrection hope! Without it, we could not bear this tragedy. You will see how loved Jesse was by his friends and spiritual family. You will get to tell him about it one day and hold him again. This is the promise we live for. Love, Hal and Randa

  • Jesse had the ability to make all kinds of personalities smile…people are not always easy but Jesse was one when I shook his hand and looked in eyes before a word was spoken I already was smiling. This is a Packard family trait as I always smile thinking of any of you my friends. My heart breaks for the loss of an inspiring person. Thru many shed tears and many to come whenever need be… Continue to smile for Jesse and as a gift to all that know are all an amazing family and show how love for faith in these times is when it counts..may Jehovah spread his eagle wings around your hearts this week. Love you all.

  • I was so saddened to hear about Jesse. It has been many years since I’ve seen him but the memories I have of him are still very vivid. I remember how much he loved to tease people and laugh. I remember him taking an interest in everybody and wanting to get to know details about people he met. Sometimes he would ask questions that were so blunt that I thought he was joking, but he wasn’t, he was just being a straight shooter. I wish I would have maintained our friendship as we grew up, but I am so happy to hear that he remained faithful to Jehovah until the end and I do look forward to picking up our friendship where we left off. I told my son Harrison, who just got a new guitar, about how I remembered Jesse picking up the guitar whenever he saw one, and Harrison says he wants to play music with him in the paradise. May Jehovah strengthen you in this time of sadness. All of my love,

    Rachel, Eric, Chloe, Bianca, Harrison, & Finnegan

  • Querida hermanos;

    Estamos muy consternados por la muerte de nuestro querido amigo Jesse, en los cinco años que nos conocimos entablamos una gran amistad donde pasamos momentos muy agradables en su compañía. Lo vamos a extrañar y anhelamos el momento para volver a encontrarnos con el.
    Tengo muchos recuerdos especialmente este: Cierto día estábamos en un restaurant en Machala-Ecuador y una señora nos pregunta si somos hermanos…. nos miramos a la cara y nos reímos porque el era rubio y yo soy moreno y en son de broma le dijimos: Si, somos gemelos. Desde entonces siempre nos decíamos: Hola, mi gemelo.!!.
    A nuestro hijo le pusimos Paulo Jesse por el aprecio que le tuvimos. Aunque teníamos casi la misma edad, para nosotros fue como un hijo, hermano, amigo.
    Nuestras sinceras condolencias a su familia en especial a Michael&Becky.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Jesse was always like a ray of sunshine. Wherever we happened to see him, he always took some time to give us both a hug, a smile and spend some time in conversation with us. He will be missed by all that knew him. You’re in our thoughts and our prayer is that you find comfort in the hope we all share.

    All our love and smpathy,
    Blaine and Angie Crawford

  • My dear friends Michael and Becky!

    I’m really sad about your lost….
    Please know that you will be in my prayers.
    I was thinking about you in last time for many times. And I will think about you now….

    Your Latvian friend, Sasha.

  • Queridos hermanos:

    Ha sido muy doloroso enterarme del sueño profundo en el que mi gran amigo Jesse ha caído. Siempre tendré los más bonitos recuerdos y momentos de su tiempo en Ecuador. Fueron tantas las salidas: predicación, excursiones, chistes, comidas; que decidirme sólo por un momento especial es complicado. Es como si lo oyera decirme: Ah! Ahora te acuerdas?. Siempre con su humor y su sonrisa perenne, su amor por la naturaleza, su emoción cuando hablaba de sus comidas favoritas y de sus burlas cuando vez tras vez intentaba hacer brownies y decía: Uhm, como que medio te salió esta vez!.
    Estoy convencida de que podremos verlo nuevamente en el paraíso más pronto de lo que pensamos y que Jehová en su infinita misericordia lo tiene en su memoria perfecta.
    Para sus padres Michael y Becky mis sinceras condolencias, tuvieron un gran hijo al que consideré: mi amigo, compañero, hermano.


  • Mike, Becky, Micah, Ashley and Joel, Our hearts go out to you all, as you suffer this tragic loss of Jesse. We will miss him so much. He was one of our kids. I cherish those days he spent at our home eating ice cream and watching Spider-Man. No matter how old he got, he was my kiddo. You all can be very proud of the man he grew into. I heard an illustration once about when a loved one dies faithful to Jehovah. It is this… We are all on a train going to the New System. When our loved one dies, it is as if he went to sleep in the sleeping car. He is still on the train with us, just sleeping. When the train arrives, he will awaken and get off the train with us, in Paradise. We just have to make sure we don’t get off the train, but stay on it and arrive at the same destination as him. Until then, may your memories, your family, the friends, and above all, Jehovah, bring you comfort. We love each and every one of you!

  • Dear parents of Jesse,
    I am a friend of Cindy Faulk.
    We don’t know each other but I am so very sad that you feel this pain. My heart and my prayer for you is found at…..
    Numbers 6 :24-26
    May Jehovah bless you and safeguard you.  May Jehovah make his face shine upon you, and may he favor you.
     May Jehovah lift up his face toward you and grant you peace.

  • I was a classmate and I absolutely loved hanging out with Jesse. He had such a light. Jesse was one of my favorite people. He was so bright and funny. I have so many memories of laughing until my face hurt and tears streaming down my face. In MAAP, goofing off with Jesse was sometimes the best part of the day.

    This obit was lovely. Even though we hadn’t talked recently, I’ve often thought fondly of Jesse. It sounds like Jesse had a similar impact on many.

    Prayers to Jesse’s friends and family.

    Joni Gillam O’Leary

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time. Love, Shannon and Gary Reed

  • Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our son Joel ( he now lives in Brazil and serving with his wife at the branch there) was a good friend of Jessie’s. Having met him several times while at our house, we were so impressed with his kindness and vibrant personality. It was always a pleasure having him visit.
    May you find comfort from our loving God Jehovah and the wonderful promise of being reunited with Jessie.

    Warm Christian Love to your family during this difficult time.

    Tom and Beth Johnson

    • Thank you. .we have several pictures of Joel for our memory board. Jesse had good times in Brazil with him!

  • I remember Jesse from our trip to Peru in 2009 for the International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lima. He was a fine young man and spiritual brother. I hope to see him again. With Christian love from Charlotte, NC to all of Jesse’s family and friends.

  • I’m sorry about your loss. I didn’t know Jessie well. You are in my thoughts and prayers. (Romans 15:4) what a nice comforting scripture with the hope of the resurrection.

  • We have been thinking of your family and feel heavy in our heart. We haven’t seen Jesse since he was a little boy in Utah but we want to let you know that our prayers are with you. We look forward to the new world where we can get to know him. It won’t be long.
    Sending our love and concern for all of you.
    Cheryl & David

  • Hello Packard Family ,

    I want to leave like condolences for the loss of Jesse. We have the hope of the resurrection of our dear loved ones. You all are in my thoughts and prayers

    Unfortunately I will not make the talk for Jesse but currently not local for the last year, hopefully will be back soon.


  • Realmente nos sentimos tristes al saber que nuestro amigo ya no está… Anhelamos mucho, gracias a la esperanza preciosa que tenemos de la resurreccion, ver muy pronto a Jesse, nuestro amigo y hermano, con todas sus ocurrencias y su buen sentido del humor.
    Sin duda alguna nuestro amoroso Padre Jehova, el Dios de todo consuelo, les ayudará mucho a esperar ese gran día…(2 Cor. 1:3,4)
    Queremos hacer llegar nuestras más sinceras condolencias a su familia.
    Sus hermanos
    Andrea y Jonathan
    Machala – Ecuador

  • La noticia del fallecimiento de nuestro querido Hno Jesé nos ha conmovido y nos llena de dolor al saber de su partida tan prematura aún recordamos sus chiste y sus alegrías mientras pudimos compartir momentos en nuestra congregación, esta grabada en nuestra mente y corazón la sencillez y el carisma de nuestro hermano y de seguro nuestro amado padre JEHOVA le tiene preparada su porción para embute oliendo que está por venir y de seguro querido Jesé lo podremos volver a ver. Daniel 12:13

  • My condolences to all concerned. In truth, I only met Jesse a handful of times, but we stayed in touch nevertheless. It only seems a few months ago that he was inviting me to go with him on his latest travels. We served in Ecuador together, he stayed at my place in Quito once and he looked after me when I went down to Machala. My memories of Jesse are of a happy, zealous, reliable, helpful, friendly, fun-loving, young lad who always had time for other people. One evening in particular stands out, after a day on the ministry, he tried to teach me, a Brit with two left feet, and a few Ecuadorians how to dance to Rock ‘n Roll. Jesse instigated a lot of fun and laughter, but I’m afraid the level of dancing never got beyond hopeless!

    Even though the hope we share softens the blow somewhat, this is an extremely sad time, to be sure. But may you all be comforted in the knowledge that your son touched the lives, and the hearts, of brothers and sisters the world over.
    Jesse, I look forward to seeing you again, Brother. Sleep tight, mate.

  • Dear Jesse’s family,

    We are really sorry about your loss. We met Jesse when he came to live in Ecuador and he is remembered by all of us because he always had a smile on his face and was such a nice and fun friend to be with. We were in the same Kingdom Hall and we had the priviledge to meet him and share many experiences with him.

    We are really going to miss him and hope to see him soon in the New World. We will keep you in our prayers so Jehovah gives the strenght in this diffcult time.

    With love,

    Jaramillo Family

  • A la familia de Jessy
    A quienes tuvimos la oportunidad de disfrutar de su compañía nos duele mucho enterarnos de su partida, siempre lo recordaremos como la persona agradable que era. Esperamos el nuevo mundo para poder volver a tenerlo con nosotros.

  • Dear Becky ,Mike and family,
    My heart shattered when I was told of your loss.
    There aren’t enough words to ease your pain. He was truly loved by so many! It is a soothing balm to our hearts to hear such loving expressions about our children. What Mel and I know for a certainty is .. THIS IS TEMPORARY! So very soon Jehovah will wake them !!! John 5:28,29.
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May Jehovah continue to help you and your family stay strong and keep looking forward.
    Our Christian Love
    Tobias Family