Former Sunbury Resident
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Jeffery D. Crocker
Jeffery D. Crocker, 55, Centerburg and formerly of Sunbury, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 28, 2013.
He was born on January 15, 1958, in Columbus to Dr. Harold Crocker and Joyce (Fry) Crocker of Galena. A graduate of Big Walnut High School in 1976, it was then he began his life long career as a pizza entrepreneur. With the help of his parents he opened Jeff's Pizza in Granville, his first store at the young age of 18. He went on to own and operate Longbranch Pizza stores in Westerville, Delaware, Centerburg, Cheshire, Galena, Johnstown, Croton, Ashley and Sunbury. His pizza pies were award winning.
Gregarious in nature, Jeff was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles. A skilled cook, he was both kind hearted and fun loving. With a passion for riding his Harley, he was a founding member of the Gods Thunder Motorcycle Club.
A fan of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, he was blessed with a large circle of friends, in part because of his spunky and generous personality. A collector of anything Harley Davidson, he also collected arrowheads, and antique bottles, as well as friends. He was at his best amongst his treasured family and friends. His echoing words of "I Love You" will forever be remembered.
In addition to his parents he is also survived by daughters: Heather (Matt) Ross of Centerburg, Rachel (Jared) Jacobus of Westerville, Hannah Crocker (fiancé Brian Drumm), and an expected grandchild of Centerburg, six grandchildren: Brooklynn, Matason, Logan, Cassia, Isaiah and Lydia Ross; a sister Kimberly (Dan) Bradford of Sunbury; and by nephews Brian and Curt.
Calling hours were held Wednesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61 in Sunbury. Services celebrating the life of Jeff Crocker will be held 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 7) at the Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Road at Ohio 3, Westerville, with Pastor Reggie Moore officiating.
Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, < email@example.com >
Condolences may be expressed at < www.snyderfuneralhomes.com >.
Published in The Sunbury News on Mar. 7, 2013