Jonathan Daniel “Jonny” Thran

July 01, 1996 ‒ July 09, 2017

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Everyone’s best friend. How else can you describe someone who never knew a stranger. Jonny cared about others, always looking to make new friends. Even from age two, Jonny was always looking for ways to make others smile… and evoking a laugh was even better.

Jonathan Daniel “Jonny” Thran passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 from injuries of a motorcycle accident. He was 21.

He was born July 1, 1996 in Mansfield to parents Eric “Rick” & Laurel “Lori” (Marvicsin) Thran. Jonny worked at Uncle John’s doing whatever he could to help out and also worked at Mohican Adventure in the aerial park helping to, in his own words, “save lives”.

In spare time, Jonny loved taking pictures and appreciated the beauty of nature. He would be known to pull over on his way home to snap a picture of the sunset, a beautiful field or a moss-covered rock.

He is survived by his parents Rick & Lori Thran; siblings Eric (Ashley) Thran and Matthew Thran; nephews Jayden, Israel and Gabriel; grandparents Joan Thran and Ina Jean & Darrell Marvicsin; aunts and uncles Angela (John) Ondo, Rhonda (Brian) Sellers, Jeff (Pam) Marvicsin, Lisa (Bill) Daugherty, Tara (Mike) Apking, Bryon Marvicsin, John Marvicsin, Melissa Marvicsin and Rachel Marvicsin; cousin Alex Apking who he considered a brother; as well as numerous cousins and extended family.

Jonny was preceded in death by his grandfather William John Thran and uncle Bryan Puderbaugh.

The Thran family will receive friends Friday, July 14, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home and requests you to bring a photo of you and Jonny to be displayed as each of you held a special place in his life. A funeral service honoring Jonny’s life will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Jonny’s memory to assist with final expenses may be made to Snyder Funeral Homes.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jonny’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them –or to watch his tribute video– at

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  • Rick and Lori, Eric and Matthew our prayers are with you all Heaven has a very special “Angel” making everyone smile💜God Bless You All! Gil and Tari and Sloan Bowman

  • I only knew Johnny for about a year but he was like a brother to me and my boys. He was the first of my brothers friends to see my daughter after I gave birth to her. I’ll always remember the smile that was constantly on his face. I’m sorry for your loss but know that he was loved by very many people!

  • Smiling down on us, cocking that eyebrow, always giving hugs.. No better way to remember u bub❤ we love u and miss u dearly. I’m so very happy you were able to see and hold Haven last week, watch over her and she will always know “uncle Johnny”. Save me a hug. Rest easy! Lori, Rick Erik and Mathew I can’t even imagine your sorrows, your all in our prayers and thoughts. He was the best kid! Love, the Mckenna family❤❤

  • Jonny flinn left a special place in my heart and especially that of my daughter Taylor !! Sure miss u kiddo !! Fly high !! We love u

  • Me and Jonathan were pretty close friends when we were younger at diamond hill cathedrill I talked to him every once and awhile missed hanging with him and everyone else once I heard about this my heart sank its such a terrible thing to happen to someone our age wish I couldve spent some time with him he will be missed alot praying for the family.

  • Rick and Lori. There are no words… I wish no one ever knew this pain. Please know that if you want to talk with someone who understands, I am here. My daughter’s Bryana and Kailor want you to know they love you and your family as well as I. Love, Sonja Hallock.

  • I never had the pleasure of knowing Jonny, but I know his Aunt Rhonda and she put this on facebook. My prayers go out to you and your loved ones, and I always say, you haven’t really lost something when you know where it’s at. God Bless and comfort all of you, and may He wrap his loving arms around each and every one of you.


  • We are truly sorry for your loss. Words cannot express. We have you all in our hearts and prayers.

  • I didn’t know Jonny, but I know the Marvicsin family very well. My heart breaks for you all! Such a huge loss! Praying for peace and guidance for the family during this horrible time! My very deepest sympathy!

  • So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Jonny,but he was a friend of my grandson Eli Penney. Eli will be 21 tho month also. This is just terrible! Prayers for his family and friends. Vivian Troyer

  • Rick and Lori I cant say enough about how sorry I am for your families loss. There is nothing worse than losing a child. I pray that God gives you strength to get through this and know that your son was amazing. love you all. Me, Ricky and Travis colvin will be praying for you all.

  • WOW, we are so, so sorry for your horrible loss. No words can describe for the deep sorrow we feel for you as parents and for the whole family. May the Lord’s richest and deepest favor be upon you all during this difficult time. Prayers for you……

  • I didn’t know johnathan well other than the times I have seen him when I would go to Lori and Ricks home with Lori brother Bryan who I was dateing at the time but I remember the first time I had went their and johnathan answered the door and he opened it with a smile because that was johnathan always smiling .. my prayers are with the family and may god wrap each and everyone of you in his arms .. r.ip. johnathan..

  • My condolences I dint now jonny very long but in that time I did he was a beautiful soul.He will be missed. I’m sorry for your pain but just now we will carry him in our hearts.

  • I LOVE YOU SO MUCH buddy!! I’m going to miss you so bad! I was there for you buddy that dark night and just wanted to hold you so bad and tell you how much I love you and how sorry I was for not being there for you when u needed me the most. I hope you can remember the good times over the bad with me… I have so many regrets with you wishing I was the best big brother to you. I will always be carrying you with me and never forget the silly goofball you are, your smile and hugs will never fade Jonny boy! You’ve tattooed them on everyone! God knew your big heart for people, family and friends. SAVE ME A BIG HUG. Your BIG BRO

  • Rick, Lori, Eric, and Matt,
    Words can not describe the disbelief and sadness we feel for your loss. You are such a beautiful and loving family,
    You will remain in our thoughts and prayers, praying that God’s love and peace surrounds you during this difficult time, we are so very sorry, Mark, Jackie, Connor, and Ian McDanel

  • Jonny’s family Mike and I are so sorry about Jonny. I remember him and Ryan at senior prom. Such funny boys. Jonny in the prowler and Ryan in the corvette circling Clearfork high school. So happy and carefree. Loving life. We thought the world of him. May he Rest In Peace and please know that he is an angel watching down on you family and friends. We just hate that this happened. Love and god bless all 🙏🏻

  • Man oh Man..:( … I Can not believe you’re gone man…. To Jonny’s family, I am so, so sorry that this amazing respectable man was taken from your lives. He lit the room up with laughter no matter who was in it and always made me smile. I cant wait to kick it with you someday bro.. I’m torn..

  • My huge hearted nephew. I wish I could have spent more time with you. But the time I have spent with you . You always was smiling an doing that eye brow thing. I do miss the hugs an your laugh. I will be missing you deeply . From your Uncle Scott. Rest in Heaven .

  • Rick, Lori, Matthew & Eric ..
    I can’t even begin to find the words to express how deeply saddened we are over the loss of Jonny. Our hearts ache for you. Such a beautiful soul Jon was with a beautiful smile and always happy. We enjoyed having him around . Will always remember taking him to the beach with us . He and Ryan had so much fun . They always had fun together. Ryan loved him like a brother. Ryan already terribly misses Jon . So many great memories they made . Jonny always had a big smile and a hug for me. Such a good kid . The love and joy that Jonny brought to us all is something We will forever miss and treasure. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    We will forever miss you Jonathan!! Love you and you will always be in our hearts!! I know you will be watching over Ryan and giving him courage to go on without his best buddy . Till we see you again one day .
    Julie , Trent and Ryan Long

  • I knew jonny for maybe only about 2 years. To be honest we had a few choice words at times over stupid stuff, but he always managed to make me laugh or find a reason to not fight. I have always had a fear of heights and somehow jonny managed to help me conquer that fear by inviting me cliff diving at a quarry, that’s one memory I’ll never forget. I can’t begin to explain how many times he came to my rescue when I was stranded. Ill always miss this dude, just wish I would have had more of a chance to spend time with him. You’ll be missed brother! My heart goes out to his family!

  • So sorry for your loss ,Chrissy and I send our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time

  • We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Jonny! We know that there are no words that can heal your heartbreak, but we hope that you can take comfort in knowing that others really do care!

  • He was the one person who could make me smile even when I didn’t want to. His goofy stories, hilarious facial expressions, and his big beautiful smile always did the trick. He truly had a heart made of gold and I was so so blessed to have loved him and to have been loved by him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Thran family. You guys were like a family to me and I hold you all close to my heart. Thank you for raising my Bestfriend!

  • Rick & Lori, there really are no words to say how deeply sorry we are. Like so many others you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rick and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. The glue that holds your family together during this trying time will be the love you all share. You have our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rick and Lori,
    I can’t imagine what you two are going through at this time, but the girls and I will be praying for you and Eric (and his family), and Matthew at this difficult time. We don’t always understand God’s plans in times like these, but he is sovereign. Take care.
    Valerie Harritos

  • Words can never express such sorrow you must have. Truly my heart breaks for you in this sudden loss of your son. I pray you sense God’s arms wrapping around you through the hugs of those nearby. Know you are being thought about today and throughout the times to come. His love never lets go.

  • Rick and Lori, this video shows a young man with a personality and strength. I wish we’d known him . Thanks for sharing your heart and pictures about him and his siblings over the years by fb. Big hug coming from Illinois today to you as you face this together. “No NO-never lets go-His love never let’s go of me.” I pray you feel that very presence of your Lord in these darkest moments.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss Rick and Lori! My prayers and hugs go out to all of you!

  • Rick ,Lori and family. So sorry to hear about your son. Our hearts go out to you and your family. I can only imagine what you all are going through. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers for strength and comfort.

  • Jonathan was a very close friend growing up with him all through elementary school he knew how to make ur day better even though I lost touch with him til senior year of high school he will be missed

  • So sorry for your loss.
    There are just no words.
    May God hold you close, and know your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dave and Rayann Ocheltree

  • I am so sorry for this tragedy that has happened! I don’t know much about him but know that he was kind and that his family loved him soooo much! I’m praying for you guys and can’t even try to comprehend how sad you all must be. Love you and praying for you!