John David LaFever

‒ January 10, 2020

Centerburg, Ohio

John David LaFever, age 71, died Friday, January 10, 2020,  in North Carolina.

John lived most of his life in Centerburg, OH. He was a 1966 graduate of Highland High School. He worked for forty-three years as a heavy equipment operator for Kokosing construction company, retiring in October 2009. John was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Army. His best times were spent with family, and friends snowmobiling, motorcycling, boating, camping, drag racing and cruising, and he was known for his stories and sayings. He especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren, which were the light of his life. John was never idle, he was the go-to guy in the neighborhood, helping with a myriad of projects, loaning his tools and offering advice on the job at hand and life in general.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Linda LaFever of the home; daughter, Kimberly Sayers and husband, Dr. Ronald of Greenville, NC; son, John David LaFever Jr. and wife, Kate of Mount Gilead, OH; brothers, Jerry LaFaver of Mount Gilead, OH, Jim LaFever of Cardington, OH, and Jeff LaFever of Fredericktown, OH; grandchildren, Ian Sayers, Mason Sayers, Collin Sayers, Carlos Witherspoon, Austin LaFever and wife, Courtney, Allie LaFever, and Cash LaFever; and a great-granddaughter, Oakleigh LaFever.

Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury, OH where the family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks memorials be made to the charity of your choice in John’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the LaFever family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • Prayers to the Lafever Family:
    Great memories of racing with them at Pacemakers Drag way and then reconnecting a couple of years ago with John and Linda when we ran into them on their “Date Nights”.

    Will be thinking of you all!

    Toney and Jen Curry, Nick and Trenton

  • We are so sorry for your loss he was a good man to me and my family for many years now. he was always there to help he would do anything for you he will be missed by so many people. Every time he would heip me with a project or borrowing a tool i would thank him he would always say Anytime.

  • To the John LaFever Family
    We are so sorry to hear that you lost a wonderful Man in you family. Your Husband, Father, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Uncle and Friend. Praying for all of your Family and remember He is your Guardian Angel now watching over you. Always remember the good times and the love you received from Him. God Bless your whole family and Gods peace be with you. Love Linda, Matt and Andy Falcon.

  • Kate and Johnny I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My Dad really liked him a lot. I am thinking of your entire family. I remember seeing your Dad at the school a lot when we were growing up. Always at the ball field or football field.

    Take care and I will be praying for you All!
    Love Chrystal Smith (Rausch)

  • we just lost one of truly good people of the world the other day in john lafever.. we have been good friends for over 70 years. we spent many weekends with his whole family and our mutual friends for many years. we raised our kids together through school, sports holidays etc.. john and I played many different sports for over 30 years on the same teams. we had a lot of great times , john and I will never forget them. john was a super person, husband, grandpa, and great grandpa. it was an honor to be your friend and your famililes friends., rest in peace john. I do know this, you are walking hand in hand with jesus as I write this. we are praying for linda, kim and johnny and all their families. god bless all.