John Thomas Suitts

December 23, 1971 ‒ March 16, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

John Thomas Suitts of Sunbury, Ohio went home to be with the Lord, Jesus Christ, on Monday March 16, 2020 at the age of 48.

John Suitts is survived by his wife, Melissa Suitts; parents, Thomas Suitts of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Richard & Margaret Zerbel of Republic, Washington; brother, Dave Suitts (Donna Suitts, David & Sarah).

John Suitts was born on December 23, 1971 in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Stark State Technical College in 2000 with a degree in Design Engineering Technologies. He married Melissa Balika, his childhood sweetheart and a high school volleyball coach and “free agent” in 1996. They lived in Seville and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, while John worked for Diebold, Inc. as a Technical Specialist where he earned his degree and then ventured into the field of Design/Build Remodeling. John & Melissa moved to Columbus, Ohio where John began working for Dave Fox Remodeling as a Project Manager. They traveled to Thailand as missionaries in 2009 to an orphanage and then moved to Kentucky in 2011 where they served at Pure Life Ministries for nearly three years. They returned to Columbus where John was employed by Nicholson Builders Inc. as an estimator and then later as a Design Draftsman. In 2019, John stared his own design firm Accurate Design Solutions, LLC. John and Melissa settled down in Sunbury, Ohio on a three acre farm neighboring their childhood friends, Tom & Wendy Eastwood, Bill & Katie Nicholson as well as Richard & Rachel Ranck.

John was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in the fall of 2017 and was lovingly cared for by his wife Melissa. They were surrounded by many loving friends and family members who supported them and faithfully lifted them in prayer. As a result, John survived and lived for two and half years after the cancer diagnosis.

John was good at many things he applied himself to and especially loved working with his hands doing carpentry as well as automotive repairs. He was detail oriented and used this gift in the field of remodeling and construction. He was a man who searched for ways to help and impact the lives of others who had made some of the same mistakes that he had made in life. He and Melissa spent time speaking to prisoners about the love of Jesus and the freedom from addictions that can be found in Him. They also freely and openly shared their testimony of how the gospel of Jesus Christ saved their lives and marriage at marriage retreats and other functions. John led a workplace Bible study for several years where he fostered relationships with his co-workers at Nicholson Builders Inc. He was an active and dedicated member of Christian Community Church and volunteered at the Columbus Dream Center serving the homeless.

A private graveside service is planned for immediate family. Due to current stipulations regarding travel and group gatherings, A Celebration of Life service will be planned for a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.