John Boy Keith

December 12, 1973 ‒ December 25, 2017

Loudonville, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

John Boy Keith, age 44, of Loudonville and formerly of Mount Gilead, passed away Christmas day, December 25, 2017, at the Ajuha University Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born on December 12, 1973, in Galion, John was one of ten children of the late John E. and Dorothy C. (Morris) Keith. John was a graduate from the Mount Gilead High School.

John had a passion for writing and even wrote his own book. He also enjoyed playing video games and taking long walks. John was often a funny man to be around and made plenty of friends in his lifetime. John always liked to say and will surely be remembered as “I’m my daddy’s son”.

Left to cherish his memory includes his brothers: Gregory Keith, Randall Keith both of Mount Gilead, Jeremy (Jill) Keith of Fredericktown; sisters: Debra McCabe of Cardington, Lori (Eric) Sipe of Mount Gilead, Tammy (Mike) Langley of Pataskala, and Lisa (Matt) Baer of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gayle “Shad” Keith; and sister, Kimberly (Gary) Connor.

A private family service will be held to honor and celebrate John’s life.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve John’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • My prayers and thoughts are with You’re family. I got to know John 4 years ago when I worked at the local Mickey mart he loved to come visit. He’d come
    Down and see me and ask about my kids, even when I quit Mickey mart he would talk to me when we ran into each other in town. Earlier this year I returned to Mickey mart as an employee again and there was John with a big smile on his face. He would come in almost daily to check on me as I would check on him. I’m going to miss our talks and his daily visits.

  • Sorry for your loss. Will miss chatting with him at Mickey Mart. He was always smiling and chatting.

  • He will be dearly missed. I worked at Loudonville Test Home where he resided. He was always trying to make people laugh, and loved to talk and carry on hour long conversations. He was a very gentle, kind hearted man. Rest in Peace John Boy.

  • So sad to hear I just talked to him on sat morning,a friend and I was taking our morning walk, when he greeted us always with a hello how are you doing! Sorry for your loss ,we will miss him around town!

  • Sorry for the families loss. Loudonville definitely lost a kind soul. I met John Boy back in 2002 when I worked at a small shop in town. Always Had great conversations and he truly cared About The people he befriended! I will miss John!

  • Were sorry to hear about Johns passing . We knew him from the church River Of Life in Loudonville He will be greatly missed but we’ll be with him in heaven .

  • I worked at Mickey Mart and he was in Tuesday night always smiling and happy.. Very nice and kind hearted person. He will be missed at Mickey Mart!!!

  • John boy, You are one of the sweetest souls I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Rest easy my friend. I love you! ♥️

  • We are sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a kind loving man who will be missed by many. Heaven has gained an angel!

  • I am so sad to hear this. John Boy was part of our Lifeworx family. He always called me Mama.
    He had names for all of us. Some were his “kids” and others his brother and sisters.
    He had me edit his book for months.
    He was an ornery, gentle soul. He will be missed and loved. R.I.P. Until we see you again!
    Prayers and love…

    • I remember him always joking around and saying he was going to bop me like superman. He was a good guy. RIP you will always be in our hearts jonny boy.

    • I was one of his kids and he always said he was gonna thump Casey, how the heck can he thump Casey now 😭😭😭 I’m literally so upset right now, John Boy was seriously one of the funniest and kind people I’ve ever met

  • We will miss you John, truly sadden by thus news, our heart goes out to his family. He was a fun, friendly soul, always smiling, and loved his bananas.

  • Sorry to hear this. Such a kind caring person and will be missed. Saw him many times like others at the Mickey Mart in town and I knew him as Johnny. Always asked me how I was doing and I’d ask him how he was. Never a complaint came from him.

  • John Boy was a friendly, kind and compassionate person. I enjoyed working with and talking to him for a long time. My thoughts and prayers are with his remaining family and friends.

  • John was such a awesome person to have known ! You could have a bad day and see him out in town on one of his walks and he’d just cheer you up with his jokes he’d tell ! Every time I seen him he would yell out hey trouble lol and I’d tell him not to tell the world lol!! He was such a wonderful person I am so blessed to got to have the chance to sit and talk and have a soda and laugh with John he will be missed by those who knew him may he rest now and be at peace with the lord ! Love you John R.I.P 😢

  • It won’t be the same walking down Main St in Loudonville and not seeing John. We will miss him dearly.

  • This breaks my heart. I came to know John boy about 4 or 5 years ago. Everytime I seen him he always had a smile and asked how my kids and I were doing.
    He was the sweetest guy. Ill truly miss him. Rest in peace my friend.

  • John was always such a sweetheart, always friendly with a smile. The world would b such a better place if everyone would have taken his lead….i know i will miss him walking by the taverns porch as i was sweeping and genuinely ask and care about how my day was….john u are truly missed!

  • We just moved into the neighborhood this summer, John would always stop and visit as he walked by. He loved to give my two dogs, Bentley & Dozer, and my cat Cleopatra some loving and he always had to get his blueberry cheesecake from Stakes IGA. We hope heaven is filled with endless animals and cheesecake for you!

  • I Was living on main st in Loudonville for a few years and John and me passed each other on walks lot! One day while I was at the library where I most often seen him he approached me with a big smile on his face and asked me my name I told him Amanda and he told me his name after that he always called me Miss Amanda, He was a kind guy and we became friends one rainy day Both stranded there at the library because of the storm and not wanting to walk home in the down pour or get struck by lighting so we sat down in comfortable chairs beside a huge window waiting for the storm to blow over as we sat there he asked me if I liked puzzles I told him yes so he retrieved one from the library and we sat there for hours putting one together we never finished it so next day we passed eachother on the sidewalk he asked if I wanted to meet later to finish it I told him yes. That became are thing two friends putting puzzles together, I’ll never forget John he was such a sweet man who always treated me kindly I looked forward to are daily passings and him calling me Miss Amanda 🙂 I was driving through Mt Gilead ohio in September I think maybe October and passed him walking along a side walk it brought back memories and I stuck my hand out and waved and he waved back I wish I could of stopped and talked with him even more so now! I will pray for the family and his friends because I am sure there are many who will miss him I know I will.

  • My sister said whenever she saw him his face would light up because he knew she was my sister. And he would tell her how much he appreciated my kindness during our many years in school together. My heart and thoughts are with your family at this time.

  • We’ve always appreciated the passion with which John Boy approached life! Whether he was telling us about his writings, or how much weight he was losing, Rob & I always enjoyed our conversations with him… We’re so glad to have had the opportunity to know him!

  • Awe, so sad, haven’t seen his face in a long long time, we used to act silly in school cuz he’d chase us girls or be giggling about something, but he was always a happy guy! So sorry for the family’s loss.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family. I haven’t seen him since school, but he was always fun and free spirited trying to make others smile.

  • John will be missed by his church family at River Of Life Community Church. John would always make sure he was at church if the doors were open and his health permitted. John was a born again Christian and was always eager to learn more about the scriptures of his Lord Jesus Christ. I know that his last breath on Earth was followed by his next with his Lord. My condolences to the family and all who new John. John would tell you all to seek the face of God so he can see you again one day in heaven.
    Pastor Hetzel D. See, Jr.

  • I used to talk to him at the library and one year we donated a bunch of watermelon to his home… I moved away 5 years ago to Tennessee but I do remember him as one of the friendly faces of Loudonville. After we left we visited once or twice and spoke to him. I’m now working on college so I can’t visit much but wish I could have talked to him more.

    My thoughts are with his family at this time.

  • John was a wonderful person, I remember him in high school, he’d always walk me to class and sometimes carry my books. He was a big sweetheart and this world is a little sadder without him. Thoughts, hugs, and prayers to his family. You will be missed.

  • I have known John boy for many years. He would visit regularly at Creative Outlet, and share his life journey of girl freinds, books and family.
    He was a blessed happy child of God who always had a smile to share. Loudonville has lost a true freind to so many

  • So sorry to hear of John Boy’s passing. His smile brightened the halls of Mt. Gilead High School and certainly made my day a better one.

  • I do remember. John in School . I don’t remember if we had spoked at all . But he was well liked by his classmates . And he did try to make people laugh and put a smile on their face . He will be sadly missed . I give my sincere condolences to his family . May God be with you through the grief and loss and the pain during the mourning of such a good young man .

  • John was one of a kind. Loved life An was a beautiful soul in it. Used to call me Miss Dee when I worked in Loudonville. Then he came in my store in Ashland and his face lit up an he gave me the biggest hug An said he missed me. You will be deeply missed around Loudonville, especially all the crazy hours of the night. RIP John Boy❤️🙏

  • I always like john. He was always making me laugh. It seem like I always had classes with him every year or he sat near me on the bus. I end up seeing him in Loudonville several years ago. He was still the same old john boy making jokes. Anytime I seen his sister Deb or Jeremy I would ask how he was doing. Hard believe how fast time slips away . I am so sorry for everybody in his family for their loss.
    Thirza and Sid Chard

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy for your family’s loss. The Bible has proven to be the best source of encouragement to cope with such a difficult time. The Bible at Revelation 21:1-4 helps us to appreciate that Almighty God has the power to do away with sickness and death. Also, Isaiah 33:24 states: “No resident will say: ‘I am sick.’ The blessing of God will eventually include the elimination of all suffering due to poor health. Soon cancer, heart trouble and all other diseases that cause humans pain and unhappiness will simply not exist. I sincerely hope that these scriptures from the Bible will bring your family much comfort and hope.

  • John came into my place of employment on a daily basis, he was acompassionate, loving, positive and bright soul. John you will b very missed, you touched so many lives just by being you.


  • I have such fond memories of John Boy. He always made us laugh on the bus to school. Such a kind soul with a wonderful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the Keith family.

  • John Boy had such a kind heart. He was never afraid to talk to anyone always making friends. I have not seen him since High school. But my thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family! May he Rest In Peace.

  • I was one of Jon’s caregivers at the rest home…Jon had asked me to help shave him…I took a nice piece of skin off of his chin….oh did he bleed….took us forever to stop the blood….even with me cutting him, he would still come ask me to shave him. Jon had a heart of gold. I will miss Jon. FLY HIGH JON BOY

  • Sending condolences to John’s family. He walked past our house daily. Always offered an update on his newest book and said hello to our kids. “Heyyyy Lady, where’s that Rocky dog at” he would say – Always a happy smile and positive outlook no matter what sickness he was battling.
    Such a strong soul, he will be deeply missed in the community.

  • John was a great guy. We would always talk at the library while my kids played. He always asked how they were doing when I saw him at work. Any time he would see me, he’d stop to talk. I tried to do the same whenever I saw him. He will be missed :'(

  • This is so sad. I knew John Boy in high school. He’d sit with me on the bus both going to and from school. I’d draw pictures for him and we’d talk about wrestling. I often wondered what became of him. After reading through these memories, I see he became a friend to the world.

  • I first met John Boy while working at the Village of Loudonville. I remember when he first came to live at the rest home and was walking around town in a long leather duster and cow boy hat. He found out that I was a writer as well and that immediately made us “buddies.” We would have discussions about different authors and books when I made my daily trips to the bank and post office. In 2015 I moved to Tennessee. The last time I saw him was at the 2016 Loudonville Street Fair. He was very excited to tell me about his latest writing project and relationship! John always had something going on. Loudonville has lost a part of it’s charm with his passing.

  • there are so many that have met john boy so i feel i have to put this on here to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.john was a delight to our family . he was as sweet as a baby as he was a man.i still can’t believe he is gone i received 2 to 3 calls from him every day . i hear the phone ring now and i think its him .He was a good brother i.m gonna miss him every day. Thank u all for thinking of him and im glad u all got to know him i hope he is in your thoughts . there was so much he said and did that i think of that puts a smile on my face. i’m johns oldest sister and i hope hes with my mom and dad and brother shad and sister kim having a wonderful time talking about us.