John E. “Trey” Slaybaugh III

May 11, 1949 ‒ July 13, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John E. “Trey” Slaybaugh III passed away Saturday evening, July 13, 2019 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 70.

He was born May 11, 1949 in Mansfield to parents John E. Jr. & Mary Maxine (Rimmer) Slaybaugh. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1967 before earning his degree at Ashland College.

John was a self-employed CPA and ran a successful business, J. E. Slaybaugh & Associates. He was a member, and former treasurer, of the Elks Lodge #56 in Mansfield. He also held the title of the treasurer for the Cleveland Browns Alumni Association and as such got to meet many Browns players including Jim Brown.

John was a sports fan. He enjoyed going golfing, bowling, playing softball and tailgating at Ohio State games with his friends. He was a devoted Ohio State Buckeyes fan who also cheered for the Cleveland Indians and Browns. But above all, John was family oriented and cherished his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by daughters Andrea (Brian) Connell and Alison (Ryan) Brown; son John (Lindsey) Slaybaugh IV; grandchildren Brady & Max Connell, Keely, Kaitlyn, Brenna, Parker & Braxton Brown, John Ellsworth “Jack” V & Quinn; sister Jackie (Gordon) Moxley; numerous nieces including Darci & Kristan Moxley, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his loving wife Keely Ann Slaybaugh in 1992.

The Slaybaugh family will receive friends Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A memorial service honoring John’s life will be held Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory to JSRDF (Joubert Syndrome & Related Disorders Foundation) in honor of his grandson Jack may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Many heartfelt condolences to all of the family. I did not know him as well as I would have liked but what I do know warms my heart: He raised beautiful children who cherish each other and are delightful to be around . His face lit up every time he looked at his grandchildren and I just feel very fortunate to be involved with this family any time I have the chance . His was a life well lived because he fostered such love
    “And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity” ~Col 3:14
    Much love always ,
    Paula Pettis

  • I am so sincerely sorry to hear about John. He was a childhood, neighbor friend, a college friend for awhile, and I even saw him for awhile, briefly a few years ago.

    John will always be a part of my happy childhood memories. I laughingly remembered the times he followed me home from grade school, we both lived on “Dawson” Avenue, the opposite streets. I called him Dawson Johnny and myself Dawson Kate during our last times around each other.

    I remember taking his books to him at home when he missed a lot of school once. John ran back upstairs when I dropped them at the door, embarrassed because he was in his pajamas. He could be very shy, and also very mischievous too. He once chased me home after school with a live snake! When he was gaining on me, I stopped suddenly and pretended not to be afraid and really surprised him, in hopes he wouldn’t throw it on me. Such funny childhood memories. We both attended Mansfield OSU at the same time I think, and were even featured in the New Journal in a picture on a bridge there at the new campus.

    The most important thing besides his adorable smile is he was a wonderful Father and Grandfather and nothing was more important to him than his family. As I have seen some pictures of the Grandchildren I was so amazed to see John’s face and smile on many of them! He adored you all and lit up anytime he talked about you.

    It’s hard to know a part of my childhood is now gone in John.

    May your family know how you are in my prayers and thoughts, and I am so sorry for your great loss. God be with you all. May John rest in Peace and see his wife again in heaven. I’ll never forget him.

    Kathy Phegley-Baron

  • Our hearts go out to the Slaybaugh family. John was like a second father to me, and I will miss him greatly. I am thankful for his guidance, love and support over the years and know that I am a better person for knowing him.I will miss playing golf with you. Rest in peace, John. Love- The Hager’s (Tom jr., Robin, Maddy, and Trey).

  • I am devastated at the loss of John. What an amazing man! He was my very first love. First grade at Brinkerhoff in Safety Town he gave me my first kiss. We have laughed about that many times.

    I was lucky enough to see him a couple of years ago in Vegas. After 50 years it was just like old times. We had plans to meet again this year. I will miss him terribly.

    John was a true gentleman and a friend. His devotion to his family was wonderful. I pray for them, especially all the grandkids. He talked about them so often and the pictures say a thousand words.

    My heartfelt condolences to his family.

  • Scott and I send our most sincere sympathies to the family! May GOD grant you strength and comfort at this most difficult time.
    Scott and Suzann Glover

  • My dearest condolences to the Slaybaugh family. I worked at Twin Lakes and he was always a great person and talked highly of his family. So sad to hear this news and praying for family and friends. I’m thankful I got to work at the golf course and meet many great souls. John being one. Will miss him very much!

  • My heart goes out to Trey’s family. He was a wonderful man, husband and father. I loved both him and Keely. Praise God they are together again.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your dad.

  • Andrea, Ali and Trey, there is no words of how my heart aches for you and your families. He will definitely be missed. I picture him at the New York, New York watching Ali getting up and performing in the piano bar. He is at peace and no more ailments, God Bless all of you.

  • Andrea, Alison Jess and families, My heart was deeply saddened when I heard of the death of your wonderful dad and grandfather. All of you were a true blessing to him. His face would light up with stories of how he was so proud of all of you. This summer he shared what a wonderful time all of you had on a family vacation to the beach. What great memories you must have. May you find comfort that so many of us are praying for your family . Please know he will always be on the sidelines of your lives, cheering you on. You will hear his voice.

    Praying for God’s peace
    Carolyn(Bigelow) Bennett

  • My brothers and I grew up with Trey and Jackie, on Dawson Avenue. We had many adventures during those years. Trips to Cedar Point, and swimming at North Lake pool, sleep outs and baseball games in the street. Great memories. Prayers to all his family and a special hug for Jackie.

  • I started today with a heavy heart upon hearing about the death of my friend of 50 years. There are numerous stories I could tell concerning my relationship with John, but I feel it important that I mention that I truly admired his ability to love his children & grandchildren. He was so very proud of his family and would constantly bring them up in conversations. He also was “all smiles” when he’d show off any new pictures he had gotten. To his family I offer my sincerest blessings of peace and comfort. He will be missed by many.

  • So very sorry for your loss. John was a dear friend . We could lean on one another when we each lost our spouses at the same time frame. I will remember him fondly and how he treasured his family.