Dennis Jarrell

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Dennis Wayne Jarrell

ONTARIO: Dennis Wayne Jarrell, 62, of Ontario, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, in Columbus due to injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Dennis was born July 25, 1951 in Missouri to the late Alberta (Richardson) and Glenwood Jarrell. He graduated from Farmington High School and attended Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. He devoted his career to the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic, retiring as a Crew Chief and Flight Captain. He was constantly on the look out for a trade to be made for something he just couldn't do without.

Riding his motorcycle gave Dennis an inner peace like nothing else could. He enjoyed people watching and traveling the open road with his soulmate and wife, Brenda. Dennis visited many places throughout the years, but Pensacola, Florida, was his favorite by far. In his spare time, he enjoyed his computer, golfing and fishing. Dennis bled blue for the University of Kentucky Wildcats and was an avid OSU Buckeye fan.

Music was the heart and soul of Dennis. He was a self-taught musician, playing the acoustic and electric guitars, drums and mandolin. Anywhere he was, there was sure to be music playing. His artistic side showed in his passion for painting with oils. Dennis never stopped learning and exploring new avenues of expression for his creativity. His down-to-earth, respectful manner in which he treated people will be missed by all who knew him. His kind soul was shared with not only family and friends, but animals as well. His Cherokee Indian heritage was an integral part of the way he lived his life.

Dennis is survived by his devoted and forever loving wife of 14 years, Brenda Yeager Jarrell; three daughters, Melissa Jarrell and Christina (Mike) Ford, both of IN, Kerrie Jarrell of KY; a stepson, Jeremy Invidiato-Yeager of Mansfield; three stepdaughters, Kristin Smith and Ashley Smith (Joe Todd), both of Mansfield and Shauna Smith of Columbus; mother-in-law, Mary Yeager; six grandchildren, Khia Jarrell, Karma Ford, Emily, Madalynn and Jordyn Yeager, Jacob Todd; three sisters, Norma (Leroy) Kennon and Elizabeth (Glen) Hargiss, both of MO, Sandi (Peter) Gluck of CA; several special nieces and nephews, including Tony Hargiss, Susan (Mike) Holzem and David Jarrell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Jarrell; his canine companion, Chesapeake; a sister, Glenna Burgess; and two brothers, Allen and Gordon Jarrell.

An informal gathering to celebrate Dennis' life will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Mosaic Church, 296 Park Avenue West on Monday, June 16, 2014. The family requests, casual attire be worn to celebrate Dennis' relaxed personality. Dennis will be honored with a military burial in Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508 or OSU Wexner Medical Center Research Studies, 410 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH, US, 43210. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Dennis Jarrell. Online guest registry at


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Published in the News Journal from June 12 to June 13, 2014
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