December 08, 1966 ‒ September 01, 2019
Mount Sterling, Ohio
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio
Joel’s tribute video will be posted shortly.
Mount Sterling, OH: Born with a smile that could light up a room, Joel’s eyes had the ability to shine bright like the stars. Loveable, kind, generous, and easygoing, he never met a stranger.
Joel E Calhoon of Mount Sterling, and formerly of Hilliard, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was 52.
The son of Larry Calhoon and Kathy (Frye) Sargent, Joel was born December 8, 1966 in Red Bank, New Jersey. In his youth, Joel found his passion for nature. He loved visiting family in rural Bellville, spending much of his days hiking in the woods or walking along the river banks.
Joel graduated from Thomas Worthington High School in 1985. He attended Cincinnati Christian University where he sang in the school choir. Joel served in the US Air Force and was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California. He was honorably discharged in 1990. Joel worked at Laserflex in Hilliard for 22 years, where he made many friends whom he considered family.
Joel is survived by his wife Debi Calhoon of Mount Sterling; sister Lori (Evan) Jacobs and nephews Josh Berk and Zach Jacobs of New Albany; brother Luke Calhoon of Dublin; and aunts Sherry (Les) Hauenstein and June (John) Stevens of Bellville. He was preceded in death by his parents Larry Calhoon and Kathy Sargent, and step father Leroy Sargent.
Over the years, Joel enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities including: boating, golf, hot air ballooning, target practice, hiking, 3D archery shoots, and recently vegetable gardening. Joel owned a variety of motorcycles throughout his life, most recently, his beloved Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. Whether participating in a group ride with friends, leisurely exploring new routes on his own, or even just traveling back and forth to work, Joel loved the steady rumble of the engine and the wind blowing across his face on the open road. Joel’s passions were a healthy balance between his love of speed and adventure, along with the simple things in life such as watching a beautiful sunset or sitting around a bonfire chatting with friends.
Joel loved animals as much as he loved connecting with people. Closest to his heart were his four fur kids: Daphnie, Sasha, Ryder, and Velvet. He especially loved their spontaneous howling sessions which he would gleefully join. Joel loved visiting Young’s Jersey Dairy in Plain City to pet the cows and goats, which reminded him of his childhood.
Friendly to everyone who crossed his path, Joel appreciated deep, meaningful conversations about his faith as much as telling a story or his latest joke, often in one of his perfected accents. Joel loved to laugh and entertain others. Always authentic, Joel was a natural peacemaker and easily connected to others. He was a nurturer who understood the value of investing in people. If Joel knew you personally, you can bet that he also knew about your spouse, your kids, and your pets. He would be the first to jump in and lend a hand when he saw a need. He was a man of faith and values. He was a Christian and put his beliefs into practice in his daily life. Joel had a strong moral compass and always put the needs of others before his own needs.
Joel had a strong work ethic and loved to work with his hands. He would tinker with things until he figured out how to make something work. His many talents expanded into the kitchen as well. His interest in cooking started at the age of 3 when his mom showed him how to bake brownies and pies. His specialties were cheesecakes and a “spicy” potato dish. He loved sharing keto recipes with his online friends. And he was always on the lookout for the hottest peppers he could find and try.
His family will receive friends Saturday, September 14 from 10am-11am in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 11am. Rev. Dr. Mike Stine will officiate and burial with military honors performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535 will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Mount Sterling Community Center may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com