Joel Calhoon

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:

  • I was so saddened to hear of Joel’s Passing. Joel was a very loving and compassionate person. We spent 11 years together and raised 3 children together. Although not his biologically, Joel loved, guided and raised Ashley, Christina and Justin as his own. That is the kind of person he was. Even though we were Divorced, we maintained a friendship which included a mutual love and respect for one another and wished each other well. He will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him. Anyone who knew Joel was better for it. I am sending Love and prayers to the whole Family.

  • Joel was such a wonderful person! I can’t believe that he was taken from us way too soon. I will miss all of his jokes, facebook posts, and his Red Beans and Rice! He is going to be missed by so many that loved him. Prayers to everyone that has ever had the pleasure of meeting this man.

  • Joel knew me as GADGET for the past 22 years. We enjoyed camping, fishing , biking, shooting and ATV riding together over that time. We always enjoyed the activities but most of it was just being in the moment with a good friend. Those things will never be as meaningful as they once were. Joel will be missed by all that his life touched. Joel was especially loved by his dogs. The highlight of their day is when he got home which was the highlight of his day to witness their shared excitement. My prayers are with all of his family.

  • Debi, our deepest condolences to you. Joel was a wonderful man who enriched the lives of everyone he met. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  • What can I say. The paragraphs above say it all.

    He was a diehard Ohio State Fan. I, a Michigan fan. Joel constantly reminded me of the powerhouse his team was, over Michigan, with frequent messages, phone calls and jokes at work.

    I do, and will continue to, miss my friend.

  • I wish I could had been thier to help you like you helped me so many times. The world was a was better place with you here. You will be forever missed

  • It saddened me when I herd of Joel’s passing he was a great step father to me even if I wasn’t the best child to deal with and he always did his best to help me when I needed it the most. I will miss him and our random motorcycle trips we use to take to get German chocolate pie and other desserts when I was in high school. I enjoyed staying in touch with him over the years. My deepest condolences to his wife and family he was truly one in a million and a beautiful soul.

  • My deepest condolences to friends and family. Joel was the only father I ever knew and though we didn’t always see eye to eye his love was unconditional and everlasting. I will never forget Christmas days or all the nights he whipped up delicious meals even after long days. You will be missed.

  • My heart is shattered and the grief is almost unbearable. Joel was an outstanding man. The memories of all the times we did things together, cooking dinners, making cheese cake. Riding bikes, and I know you would remember the winter of 2004. You took care of everybody and pets as we waited days to have power again. I pray the Lord will help understand why? God bless you and my condolences to your wife and family. All our love Michelle, John, and Shane.

  • I am so sorry for your loss and to all that that knew Joel.
    Joel was such a nice guy and he will be missed…
    He loved his doggies and loved riding his motorcycle.
    It is so true that only the good die young.
    So grateful to call Joel a friend to myself and my family!

    Rebecca Perry

  • Godspeed to Joel and God bless his family and friends. Joel was a kind, compassionate and giving person. I enjoyed the time I roomed with him in Hilliard. I got to know him well and he introduced me to many of his friends. Deb and I always enjoyed including Joel on many balloon adventures. He was truly a trusted friend. It’s been a great privilege and pleasure to have had Joel in our lives.

  • Joel-y,

    You, my friend, were a fantastic person. Heaven is definitely brighter having you there. Thanks for being you. Just you. Thanks for building an everlasting friendship and for sending me the silly dog videos and ornery baby videos you knew I would love to watch, they truly made my day. Watch over us, forever.


  • I met Joel through hot air balloons. I had many adventures with him along with Walt and Deb. He took beautiful photographs and videos of his balloon adventures. And I recall many hot pepper stories. I will never forget the 7-12 mile hike that one hot day at Letchwork when the balloons didn’t fly. He speed walked the entire hike while we all huffed and puffed “how much further” and he just kept smiling and encouraging us on. Stopping wasn’t an option. And it’s one of our favorite memories we would joke about for years later. He will be missed. He never met a person who didn’t become a new friend. My prayers to his wife and his family and his fur babies. Fly with the balloons Joel