Nathaniel David Ayers

May 20, 1982 ‒ January 15, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Nathaniel David Ayers, of Marion OH, drew his last breath on the night of Friday, January 15, 2021, at the Marion General Hospital; the same place where his life started 38 years ago on May 20, 1982.

Nathan was the son of Harry Paul Ayers II and the late Alice Faye Young.  He graduated in the class of 2000 from Marion Harding High School with several certificates of completion from the Culinary Arts at Tri-Rivers Career Center. Nathan was a member of the Harding Band, but could mostly be found hanging out with friends and loved ones.

Putting his culinary skills to use, Nathan worked at many local restaurants through the years and always climbed the chain to manager.  His last management position was at Denny’s in Marion, where he took great pride in the challenge of turning the store around for the better.  Nathan also enjoyed cooking for his family and friends, and would jump in any kitchen to help things run smoothly.  He even made several cakes and pastries for loved ones’ special occasions and celebrations. Nathan has always been the go-to personal cookbook for friends and family.

Nathan was a free spirit who could be found doing back flips down the middle of the street on a whim. He loved to be by the water with a fishing pole in hand.  He was never bothered if he caught anything or not, as he was simply happy to get a chance to go fishing. If Nate was not working or fishing, he could be found sitting at the kitchen table with a loved one, a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other, talking for hours about all this world had to offer. Nathan always had a deep love for music and could often get lost in it for hours at a time.  Sometimes he would even get the chance to go catch a live concert, where he always stood out in the crowd with his brightly colored hair, eccentric clothes, and accessories. He was always the life of the party. Nathan exuded charisma, people were drawn to him, and he welcomed anyone who chose to be in his presence. You could often find Nate tending his garden and plants, as he had the greenest of thumbs and took such pride in doing so.  And if you had a dead plant, you took it to Nate, and he would have it flourishing in no time.

Nathan’s soul was too good for this world and he often felt tormented, but he put his energy and focus on making other’s existence just a little better and brighter. He would give someone his last dime and go without himself. Having the “biggest heart of anyone you’ve ever met”, Nathan was a selfless man who always put the needs of others before his own. He had a deep love for all animals, especially his beloved dog, Jasmine, and would rescue any kitty that crossed his path. He was the most hardheaded and persistent person, if he had a goal, nothing was going to get in his way to achieve it. He left such an impression on so many lives, he will never be forgotten, and is free from the pain of this world.

He will forever be missed by his long time love, Andrew Chick, they were inseparable since they were first together over 15 years ago; his father, Harry (Carol) Ayers II, who was always there to pick up the pieces when things went wrong; sister, Sherry Jackson, who would often be mistaken for his twin; brother, Paul (Lyndsey) Ayers, who stood by him from the beginning with his unwavering love; his beloved niece and nephew, Allyssa and Brynden Ayers; step siblings, Tara Detillion and Cory Stephens, who have a storybook of memories to share; his forever present cousin, Georgianna Montanez, and her children that were more like nieces and nephews to him; many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He will truly be missed by so many.

Services honoring his life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Homeless to Home Animal Rescue and Cat Sanctuary, 1745 Marion-Waldo Rd, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Nathan’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Nathan was such an amazingly kind and generous guy. His smile was infectious. Anytime I saw him he always had a smile and a hug for me. God certainly gained a true angel. Prayers to Andy and his family. He will sureybe missed forever. Rest easy Nate.

  • Nathan will forever be missed. From the time we were all teenagers, the 1st time I had met Nathan I will always remember him having a smile on his face. He was very kind and compassionate. Very level headed and intelligent. He was always willing 2 go the extra mile for his family and friends and had a way 2 make a person feel loved and cared about. I feel fortunate to have had Nathan as a life long friend and will never forget him and the sunshine that seemed to surround him even on the darkest days. Luv u Nathan for the person you were and the friend u had become of mine.

  • Thank you nate for the love you allways showed me i am so sorry you had to go you will allway be in my heart may you rest in peace love sandy