Joe Louis “Jumpin’ Joe” Underwood

May 05, 1939 ‒ September 02, 2017

Galena, Ohio

Joe Louis “Jumpin’ Joe” Underwood, age 78 of Galena, Ohio, died Saturday morning, September 2, 2017 at his home.

He was born on May 5, 1939 in Grundy, Virginia the son of the late Nath Horn and Pearlie Underwood Osborne.

Joe worked for Schuler’s Engineering for 30 years until his retirement.  He also owned and operated Sunbury Galena Transmission Service at his home in Galena, Ohio.

Rhonda Hutchinson was a wonderful companion to Joe for 20 years.

Joe was a huge fan of Bluegrass music and was a devoted follower and contributor to WOSU’s Bluegrass Ramble.

He will be missed by his son Chris and his wife Karin of Galena; daughter Lisa Walker and her husband Mike of Mansfield ; six grandchildren Anna and Christopher Underwood, Zachary Furlong, and Jacob, Carolina, and Brien Walker; two great grandchildren Claire and Carson Furlong; brothers Kermit Osborne and his wife Audrey of Galena; Sam Osborne and his wife Kim of Marengo, and Lacy Damron of War, West Virginia; sisters Ollie Keene of Jolo, West Virginia, Irene Phillips and her husband James of War, West Virginia, Carrol Donald and her husband Robert of War, West Virginia, Mandy Sparks and her husband Gerald of Marengo, and Martelia Burnett of Hays, Virginia; half-brothers Ralph Horn and his wife Ruby, Junior Horn all of Whitewood, Virginia, and Eursel Keen; half-sister Delaris Clark; several nieces and nephews; close friends Regal Mullins, Darrel Adkins, Larry Patterson, Mark Geiger, and Chuck Matthews; his friend Jim Frissora who he worked with in the garage, his canine companion Ruby, and Carol Underwood O’Brien who he was previously married to.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-dad Sam Osborne; brothers Sherman and Edd Osborne; best friend Hobert Osborne; and several infant brothers and sisters.

Friends may call on the family on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 5-8 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held there on Wednesday at 11 AM.  Burial will follow at Galena Cemetery.

Following the services everyone is invited to the Sunbury Eagle’s for a meal and the continued celebration of Joe’s life.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Humane Society of Delaware County.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Joe’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be share with them at

  • Words cannot express our sorrow for this loss…peace, hugs and much love to our entire family. RIP Uncle Joe 💙

    • I remember Louis Osborne, cousin, i liked him. Juanita Underwood, Thomas & Edgar Underwood, Dad was Pearlie;s brother.

  • Joe was a friend through Bluegrass Music. Condolences to all of his family and loving friends.

  • Joe, I don’t know if you realized that you touched so many lives, but you sure did. You will be missed by so many people, including our children Jeremy, Sheila & Shane, who loved to hear your stories about you & their grandpa Gee Fuller & the mischief that would “find you” both. They always looked forward to seeing you at the MACC each year & listen to your great life stories. Thank You for your friendship.
    Your suffering is now over. Enjoy heaven & the ease of walking & taking a deep breath once again.
    PS: Give my dad & mom a hug from me.
    RIP JOE💔

    Gary, Teresa,
    Jeremy, Sheila & Shane Sparks

  • I am so sorry for your loss!.. Our depest condolences. There are no words that ease the pain of loosing a parent. But I hope you find comfort in knowing we are all here for you if you need us.

  • I met Joe through the MACC, and over the years he became someone I truly expected to see and spend time with during that one week in July. From the earlier years, clogging on his makeshift dance floor, to just chillin’ on the golf cart watching bands from side stage, there was always one constant: Joe’s friendly face and ‘them cherries’!! You will be missed dear Joe : )

  • To my cousins who have lost their oldest brother it is a very sad time. And I will keep you all in my prayers and hope for happy memories to replace the bad ones. For his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren I hope that he shared the stories of his life. Letting you all know where your ancestors were from. Get together often to share the sorrow and the joy of being a part of a FAMILY. Prayers from your cousin in Virginia.

  • My heart is breaking for all of you. It is so hard to lose a parent. Prayers and Hugs to all of his family

  • Joe was a fan of blue grass known Joe for many years he loved bluegrass like my parents did, I grow on bluegrass at rocky top where I meet Joe with my parents. R.I.P JOE. u will be missed by a lot of people.

  • Sorry to all of Joe’s family l saw him at his mom’s funeral we had a. Good conversation.we were first cousins .he was very nice and very intelligent so sorry for your lost .life is so very short we. Need to see and love each other more.may the Lord bless and keep you always is my prayer.

  • I have known Joe since I was 9 years old. He always looked his best even when he was camping at the bluegrass festivals. Our families went to a lot of the same festivals. We enjoyed dancing on the dance floor with Joe & Regal. They were a lot of fun on & off the dance floor. Sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed by a lot of us bluegrass fans. Edna Hubbard ( Stanley ) & C C Stanley.
    P S We are praying for you .

  • So sorry for Joe’s passing. My prayers and condolences go out to all his family and friends. Will be sadly missed, from the old days of Gold Rush drag race practices in front of his house to the many days of waving and honking horn at him and Ruby sitting on the front porch as i drove by and of course who can forget the many bluegrass shows he put on in his garage. He and my dad Redgel were very close friends and dancing buddies at the bluegrass festivals. So many fond memories that they be too many too mention but none of us will forget Jumpin’ Joe Underwood.
    To Chris and all the family, we love ya’ &
    God Bless,
    Gary Mullins & family

  • To my cousins who have lost their oldest brother I pray for peace and calm to reflect on his life. For his children and grandchildren I pray for comfort for your broken hearts. I hope that he shared stories of his life with you and let you know about your ancestry. Get together often as a family to share the sorrow and remember the joy that you all have shared with him. My hope is that the good memories will replace any bad memories in time. Stay close to each other and most of all LOVE each other.
    Prayers for you all from a cousin in Virginia.

  • So sorry for your loss. He is in Heaven now watching his loved one. I did not know him…but my neighbor from years ago was his sister. RIP!
    The Jarvis family

  • To Those who Loved Joe,
    For 18 years Joe watched me and my brother grow up across the street, and my father, Mark Geiger, had the honorable pleasure of being loved by Joe. Life on Holmes St will never be the same without Joe Underwood! He was a friend to many and loved by all who knew him.
    Joe, may you Rest In Peace and know that you have touched the lives of many people. I know my father will never be able to replace the friendship you gave him, and he will cherish your memories together forever! We all love you!

    Libby Geiger-Wills
    Daughter of Mark Geiger