Jon Updegraff

Jon W. Updegraff, 59, of Carey, died at 5:55 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019, at his residence, with his wife by his side.
Born July 16, 1959, in Upper Sandusky, he was the son of the late John P. and B. Louise (Kemerley) Updegraff. He married Tammy (Noon) Steward and she survives in Carey.
Also surviving are three step-children, Brooke, Devan and Tyler Steward, all of Upper Sandusky.
He graduated from Carey High School in 1977 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1983. At the age of 24, he was elected mayor of Carey and held the office for two terms. He also owned Updegraff Construction for many years and was a heavy equipment operator for IT Corporation in Findlay. He, along with his wife, currently own The Blue Room in Kirby.
Jon had a passion for sprint car racing. He also enjoyed camping and spending time with his friends and family.
At Jon’s request, he will be cremated. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carey. Jon asked attendees to dress casual, just as he lived his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County or Wyandot County Humane Society and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stombaughbatton.com.

2 Comments

  1. Michael Faires on June 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Jon Updegraff
    1979-2019

    This is a sad time for all of us that knew and loved Jon. We prefer to remember the times of not so long ago when you were “Jonny”. It was the summer time. We were out of school and I was lucky enough to spend the summer with your family. We rode the dump trucks to and from the stone quarry and delivered lime and gravel to the farmers.

    Your father and mother were wonderful people and we all loved them very much. Your father, like you, never met a stranger. Racing and the Indy 500 was always part of the discussion. Louise was my mother’s younger sister and she was a very special person. We ate a lot of fresh tomato sandwiches and built a shower in the basement. We listened to a lot of country music like Marty Robbins and Bill Anderson. The weather was usually hot and humid. Your mother and I would load you up in the International pick-up truck and head to town for soft drinks and groceries. Neither one of us had a driver’s license. Life was GOOD!!!

    The one time I will always remember, Little Jon and I were looking for bats in the old barn. In the barn loft, under a tarp, were two racing go-karts. We talked to your dad and asked him if we could get them down. He said we could get one down, but they were not running. I asked him if we could work on it. Two days later we had it rebuilt and running. It was a hot, sunny day. We started in the morning, and I would get in the one seat go-cart and Jonny would get in my lap…and away we would go! We rode all day around and around the house. So much fun! Jonny was a natural. He grew up on racing; it was in his blood. When Big John came home, he looked at the yard and the grass. He was not happy to say the least. We tore the place up; it looked like a tractor had plowed the entire yard! You could have heard John all over Carey and Wyandot County, Ohio. Aunt Louise took him aside and it was never brought up again. The go-cart went back in the barn. Soon after that, things were back to normal. We had many, many, wonderful days and memories. Jon, his mother, and father are all gone now, but we all look forward to seeing them on the other side.

    Mike Faires
    06/10/2019

    The Faires Family:
    Sherry Duffey Faires
    Barbara Faires Mashburn
    Jim Faires

  2. Michael Faires on June 10, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    This is a sad time for all of us that knew and loved Jon. We prefer to remember the times of not so long ago when you were “Jonny”. We had many, many, wonderful days and memories. Jon, his mother, and father are all gone now, but we all look forward to seeing them on the other side.
    Mike Faires
    06/10/2019
    The Faires Family:
    Sherry Duffey Faires
    Barbara Faires Mashburn
    Jim Faires

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