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Jon Thomas Oswalt, 42, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11 in his Cardington home after battling extended health issues.

Jon was born June 21, 1974 in Mansfield to parents Ronald “Pete” and Ruth (Adams) Oswalt. After graduating from Highland High School in 1992, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a heavy equipment operator for various construction companies.

Jon was the epitome of an outdoorsman. He enjoyed all types of hunting – but especially deer and mushroom. If he wasn’t cutting and splitting firewood, he was just outside enjoying life. He loved campfires and good times. He knew Pleasant Hill Lake like the back of his hand. A favorite pastime was “borrowing” his dad’s boat to spend the day fishing… only to return it on an empty tank of gas.

He was a big fan of country music and OSU football. Jon was an excellent dart thrower and always wanted to play “just one more game.” He also loved Euchre, Yahtzee, pool, and cornhole. Every year he looked forward to the annual family poker game on Thanksgiving.

Anyone who met Jon knew he was a fun-loving guy and was always the life of the party. He loved his family and friends dearly and was the first to offer a helping hand. Definitely a social butterfly, Jon loved life. Everyone will miss his enthusiasm and big heart.

He is survived by his parents Ruth and Jeff Fackler, of Marengo; brother Jesse (Hollie) Oswalt, of Marengo; companion Terri Salyer, of Cardington, along with her daughter Shyanne Salyer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and close friends.

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Jon was preceded in death by his father Ronald “Pete” Oswalt.

Friends are invited to call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd.) where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate and burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery near Butler.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jon’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them — and watch his tribute video — at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituary/jon-thomas-oswalt/

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