Maynard P. Sylvester Jr.

July 16, 1946 ‒ May 12, 2020

Ostrander, Ohio

Maynard Pershing Sylvester Jr. (Butch) to all that knew him, passed away May 12, 2020 after a short battle with cancer.  Growing up in Berkley, Massachusetts, he acquired a passion for being outdoors, an exceptional ability to fix anything, and his unmistakable accent.

Immediately after graduating high school in 1964, Butch joined the Massachusetts National guard where he excelled as a combat engineer to the rank of Staff Sergeant. While serving in the Guard, Butch studied to become a machinist and worked at the August Electronics Company where he met Lorraine his wife of 55 years.  In 1970 they moved to Ohio where Butch attended the Police academy and became a Shawnee Hills police officer.  He went on to have multiple careers, including General Manager of 4 Exxon locations around Columbus, teaching machine trades, teaching automotive and diesel mechanics, General Manager of the Western Auto truck maintenance shop, and becoming an owner operator of his own trucking business.

Butch is survived by his wife Lorraine, two sons and six grandchildren.   Steve and Annette Sylvester of Lancaster, OH and their children, Kattie, Tommy, and Matt.  John Sylvester of Salisbury, MD and his children, Morgan, Jack, and Adam.

Those that knew Butch best know that he would always help anyone in need and was not one to be the center of attention.  In lieu of funeral services, to honor Butch’s character we ask that all who wish to participate, please make a donation to St Jude’s Children’s Research hospital.  Please share your donations on Butch’s Facebook account or at

Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware.

  • Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Lorraine Sylvester and the entire Sylvester family. I have the privilege of working with Steve and am blessed to know him and ask for HIS Comfort during this time of lose for the entire family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn this lose while celebrating the life well lived. GOD Bless!

  • Lorraine ,John , Steven
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I always had fond memories of Butchie and Lorraine ccoming over our house. He waa always kind and had a great sense of humor.
    One of my favorite cousins.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    RIP Butchie til we meet again.

  • Lorraine,Steve, John i am so sorry ,Butch was always my favorite nephew. I always told him that. He could always do anything he put his mind to do. His sons take after him, i will miss him. Lorraine if there is anything you need i am here to help . UNCLE NORM

  • Butch was one of a kind. I worked with him at Western Auto. He was able to keep our equipment and trucks running no matter what the problem. We developed a great friendship. I will miss him and his quick wit.

  • My deepest condolences to my aunt Lorraine,and to Steve and John and grand kids and to all that knew butch.may you rest in piece. Love you,ken

  • We will miss our good neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers to Lorraine and her faily

  • Steve and the entire Sylvester family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your father. May you find comfort in all the memories made over the years. Prayers of comfort.

  • Steve and Family,
    I am very sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
    My deepest condolences

  • Lorraine,Steve and John. It is so sad to hear of the passing of Butch; He ment so very much to me and Alta. We did a lot of things together in our younger days,that will never be forgotten. Thanks for the memories,Butch; May you Rest in Peace.
    Uncle Ed

  • Our deepest sympathies go out to Steve and the Sylvester family. Thoughts and prayers from the Upper’s.

  • My wife Bonnie and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences to all friends and family who knew my uncle Butch. I’m thankful I have many fond memories of him, like hopping in the white Volvo big rig he had and cruising down to Scusset Beach on Cape Cod with my uncle Jeff to go striper fishing until late in the evening. We sure got some interesting looks and had a great time. I looked up to him and admired him. He was special and is now in a special place. I will miss him and love him dearly.

  • Steve and Family,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on your father’s passing. May the comfort of your memories help you through this difficult time.

  • Dear Lorraine, Steve, and John.

    I’m sorry for your loss. It is with heavy heart that we send our deepest sympathies. This corona-virus surely has put added grief on you and the boys. The video keepsake of the years brought back so many memories. He will always live on in my mind and heart as my big brother. Love you all.
    Dick and Anita

  • Lorraine, Steven,John and family I will miss my brother more than I can tell you. We had a lot of fun growing up.. I can’t express how I feel other than my heart is aching. I know he is with our mother She dearly loved deepest sympathies love Jean

  • My deepest sympathies go out to Stevie and the Sylvester family. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  • Lorraine, Steve & John I’m so sorry for your loss. Butch was so loving and is going to be greatly missed. I will truly miss his great smile, laugh and kind words. Our love, hugs, kisses and prayers go out to you and your family. Love you bunches, Janice and Gary Schubert

  • Lorraine, Steve, John and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Butch dearly and will miss his wonderful accent and sense of humor. He could fix anything and we have so many great memories of him working at Gar-Mar Farms as master mechanic. He was a great man, and he & Lorraine helped us many times over the years. He will be missed. Love to you all.

  • Lorraine, Steve, John and family.
    Janet and I are so sorry for your loss. Butch was a true friend and the best neighbor we’ve ever known. He was always there to help us out. We will remember Butch as such an unselfish person ready to help us at any time. Butch and Lorraine welcomed us to the area and we will always be grateful. He will be missed. Prayers to all.

  • Lorraine, John , Steve and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. He was such a wonderful family man. Your in my heart and thoughts. Praying for you in your loss. There will be things that trigger tears and things that bring laughter….things that you never expected but they’ll gently remind you of all the wonderful details that made life with your loved one a precious gift. Love and prayers.

    Shelley Russell