Kevin W. Shinaberry

February 26, 1957 ‒ December 11, 2019

Marengo, Ohio

Kevin W. Shinaberry, age 62 of Marengo passed away at home Wednesday, December 11, 2019 surrounded by his family.

He was born in Mt. Gilead on February 26, 1957 to the late Walden “Jiggs” and Lucille (Weaver) Shinaberry. A graduate of Highland High School in 1975, he played football and basketball.

Kevin was a lifelong generational farmer with his father, brothers, and family. Farming shaped him and his work ethic, which continued into his very own Donkeyberry Farm operation. He was truly a farmer for life. Kevin also worked 19 years with Crawford Construction until 1997 when he became the superintendent of Morrow County Highway Department until his retirement in 2018.

His work ethic left little time for hobbies; however, he took great pride in the fruits of his labor. Dedicated and strong willed, he believed in getting his work done early. While not materialistic, he meticulously took care of what he had.

Kevin was a coach in both life and sports. He especially enjoyed being able to coach his sons. He also enjoyed hunting and watching the Kentucky Wildcats. Selfless, he was both mentally and physically strong. He was big hearted and loved animals, especially his beloved donkey Pedro.

Kevin was a proud man, his life centered on his family and their care. Traits for which he will be forever remembered and endeavors that he provided until the very end.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years Karen (Smith), sons: Kyle Shinaberry of Marengo, Karter and Kacey Shinaberry of Fredericktown, grandchildren: Kennedy, Kamden, his brother: Neil & Rita of Cardington, sister-in-law: Brenda Shinaberry of Marengo, father-in-law Wade Smith, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother Kent in 2016, sister Sue Belcher in 2009, nephew Ryan in 2007, mother-in-law Mildred Smith, and life mentor Lawrence “Smitty” Smith.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Monday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.. Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Marion General Hospital Foundation/Spirit of Hope Fund, 1000 McKinley Park, Marion, Ohio 43302.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • I knew Kevin for close to 50 years. I always considered him a friend and when he married Karen he became part of my family. He was a good man and provider to his family. He will be greatly missed. I send my love to Karen and the boys.

  • You have my Condolences and prayers he was a great guy and a hard worker he well greatly missed by his family and friends may God Bless you all. Amen

  • Karen and family

    I am so sorry about you loss. His life with continue on with your children and grandchildren. We love you
    Greta and family

  • Karen and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Kevin. He was a friend for a long time. We enjoyed working together at Crawford and when we worked for the County. Marty and I send our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Kevin was a real good guy and he will be missed.

    John & Marty Poffenbaugh

  • So sorry for your loss we are sending prayers for comfort and peace. Robin Jordan Lester and Dave Denman

  • To Karen, Kyle, and Karter,

    So sorry to hear about Kevin. The last time I talked to him was at a wedding in Marengo a few years back. He was always a very genuine guy and always seemed to be doing something productive! I always had good conversations with him when we were all hanging out. I miss those days! I know he will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to everyone up there (Kyle and Karter—miss you guys—been a long time). I’ll be thinking of everyone during this hard time.


    Robert (Bobby) Smith

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. We went all through school together, he was always so highly thought of. Prayers for the family.

  • Karen,
    So very sorry for you and your entire family. Kevin and I grew up together and I have many wonderful memories of the special friendship his family and mine shared. We knew each other as babies and he was the best childhood friend all thru school. Highland class of 1975 has lost a good friend,
    God Bless you all,

  • I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I know how he will be missed. May God comfort you in this time of mourning.

  • No words can express the sadness that I have. I pray for comfort for the family. I will miss Kevin. He was always a great guy. We had a lot of fun through the years.

  • Karen,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Although we are far apart you and your family have remained in my thoughts. God bless you and your family.

  • Karen and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and also give you great credit for your commitment to care of Kevin in his long battle against cancer. We accept that he is now at peace and hope you will find contentment in your life. We and our family continue to send prayers for you and your sons and family.

  • Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. May the Lord Bless you and keep you in the comfort of his arms during this difficult time. Our Prayers to you all.

  • I am sorry to hear of your loss. Kevin was one of the kindest people in school. I have fond memories of growing up around him.
    Dan Tripp

  • Karen and family,
    I am sorry to hear about Kevin’s passing. My heart aches for your family and you. All of you will be in my daily prayers.
    Sandy Robertson

  • Karen, Kyle, Karter, Kacey and family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Kevin’s passing. You have been in our thoughts and prayers throughout his illness. He was one of the nicest people you could meet and he always had a friendly, welcoming smile whenever we saw him.
    Hold tight to all the wonderful memories you have as you move through the days and months ahead. Speak of him often and laugh or smile when you do. Although he is no longer here in body, he will always remain in your hearts and minds forever.
    With love and prayers,
    Bonita and Roger Nauman

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I enjoyed many great conversations with Kevin about our grandchildren when I visited Morrow County. He was very proud of his family.

  • I am so sorry to learn of this. Jiggs and Lucille were good friends, and I remember Kevin from school, and his work with the county. Prayers.

  • Sending LOVE and PRAYERS ♥️
    May God’ loving arms surround you and your family; today, tomorrow and alway
    Our ❤️
    Loren and Kim Mast

  • Neil & Family

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Known your family for years. Due to the weather I’m not able to make it for calling hours.

  • Karen,
    We are so sorry for your loss! Know that we love you and pray that God puts his hands on you and your family for comfort during this time!

    Mike and family

  • Fred and I are so very sorry to hear about Kevin’s passing. We are thinking of your entire family with love.
    Beth Lyon

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your forever love. My heart is broken for you and your family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers, my deepest condolences.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Terry and Jill Knapp