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James Donald “Don” Jolliff
James Donald “Don” JolliffDon Jolliff TractorJames Donald “Don” Jolliff, 90 of Magnetic Springs, died peacefully Monday May 31, 2021, at the Monarch Skilled Nursing Center in Marysville.

He was born April 4, 1931, in Byhalia to the late Elmer G. and Martha Helen (Atkinson) Jolliff, he was also preceded in death by brothers: Bernard C. and Gerald E. (Bud) Jolliff, sisters: Juanita L. Battles, Virginia B. Croft and Iola Jane Stewart, granddaughter: Lorrie Lynn Clady.

Don’s love for the family farm was embedded throughout his life and he immediately took up the trade right out of high school. He graduated from the Leesburg-Magnetic High School in 1949. On November 2, 1951, he married Bernice Jean (Welch) just before he was stationed overseas with the United States Army during the Korean War. In April of 2016, he was honored to be able to take the Honor Flight, this was a true highlight for him, thanks to his guardian, Mike O’Neill.

Upon his return from his honorable discharge, he and his brother Bud, started what was the beginning of the Jolliff Brothers. Don and Bud farmed together for over 40 yrs., Don loved the land.

Also surviving along with his wife Bernice are their children: Donna (Bob) Clady of Richwood and Kathy Griffith of Bellefontaine.
Grandchildren: Holli (Eric) Musser, Morgan (Josh) Ream, Heather (Eric) Couch and Gaile (Jeremy) Gildow
Great grandchildren: Emily Musser, Paige Comer, Trent Comer, Colton Musser, Brett Gildow, Wade Gildow, Reed Comer, Gracelyn Couch and Lane Couch.
Sister: Sharon (Joseph) Robinson
Sisters-in-law: Leila Jolliff and Marcia Welch
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as special friends he called family, Robin Paulson and Stacie Cook

Nothing pleased him more than being with family, watching his grandkids grow and supporting them in their 4-H careers and eventually traveling to many National FFA Conventions proudly cheering on his granddaughters. He always wanted an update on great grandchildren and their activities, offering praise and encouragement. After retiring from farming in 1996, Don was able to keep active in the family farm by creating his version of “Meals on Wheels”, preparing and delivering meals to those farming his land, Sam and Bill Foos, Matt Furer and Nick Martino. Also keeping his hands in the dirt, he poured himself in the raising beautiful annual flowers in the green house he constructed after retirement. Family, community friends and numerous friends he met at the Health Cardiac Rehab Center, among other establishments, were blessed with flowers he freely gave to brighten days and gardens. He will be remembered for this love of the beauty that flowers and farm fields brought.

Funeral services will be held Friday June 4, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, Pastor Daniel O’Kane will officiate, burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery. There will be Military Honors given by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home in Richwood. To watch the Livestream of the service open the Facebook app and like our page, or click here Watch the Livestream

Memorial gifts to honor Don’s Legacy may be made to the Union County Foundation. Checks should be made with the Don Jolliff Family Scholarship in the memo line. This scholarship will benefit a youth going into the field of agriculture.

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#1 from: Judy. Leibold Cunningham
Prospect, Oh
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 6:27 PM

To the Jolliff family I would like to express my sincere sympathy! May the sweet memories of your father and grandfather forever be with you!

#2 from: John and Grace Parrett
Columbus, Ohio
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:02 PM

John and I are so saddened over the loss of Don.  We loved all the beautiful flowers he gave us and visiting with him and Bernice.  They were such wonderful people.  He will certainly be missed by all that knew him.

#3 from: Billie Jordan
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:10 PM

Donna so sorry for your loss sending hugs and prayers ♥️

#4 from: Jeff and Amy Price
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:15 PM

It is with much sadness that we express  our condolences. We have had the good fortune to have Don and Bernice as neighbors and have certainly missed not having them down the road. These are two of the dearest people that we have known and both of our boys have also enjoyed visiting over the years. Don will be missed by many and was always so proud of his kids, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

#5 from: Julia and Don
Seabrook Island SC
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:42 PM

We are sore for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

#6 from: Marilyn Coleman
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 8:06 PM

Bermpnuce and family, I am so sorry for your loss.  I met Don when I was working with the Richwood garden club.  I enjoyed talking flowers with him.  I was so honored to see his Indian collection.  Thank you for the love of flowers we shared. We will meet again. God bless you and your family.

#7 from: Rebecca George
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:04 AM

Bernice Jean and family,
   I have good memories of the Leesburg Township area and families of many years ago. Today as those memories resurface, I send my condolences to you on the passing of Don.
   It is apparent he enjoyed life. Blessings to all.
           Becky George

#8 from: Pam McCloud Endsley
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:21 AM

Donna:  I’m sorry for your loss. Sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

#9 from: Jerry Moore
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:59 AM

Condolences to the family. Don was a great man and farmer.

#10 from: Dan and Darlene Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 11:47 AM

We send our sympathy to the entire family, I ve considered Don a good friend all my life,  Leesburg Township has lost another hard working citizen , he will be missed.

#11 from: Janet (Somerlot)Taylor
Texarkana AR
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 12:37 PM

Donna,Thinking about and praying for you in the loss of your father. Sincerely, Janet

#12 from: Tim and Susan Crusey
Huntsville Ohio
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Kathy, Sorry for you loss.  Dads are special people!!!

#13 from: judy vallery
marysville ohio 43040
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 12:56 PM

I used to visit him in nursing home and go to the greenhouse loved his flowers and his sweet smile will always remember him !!  

#14 from: Kevin and Diane Crosthwaite
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 7:22 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted in knowing that we are holding your family in prayer.

#15 from: Jim and Nancy George
Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 8:43 AM

You were so lucky to have had Don in your life and we were fortunate to have had him as a friend.  We cannot think of anyone else who so lovingly shared his knowledge of flowers.  We would welcome spring to collect plant containers for him to plant his seedlings in his beloved greenhouse and then share his beautiful young plants with us and others.  Don would describe each variety and its uniqueness.  He loved nature and provided numerous birdhouses for bluebirds on his property.  He spoke proudly of his family during our visits.  He was a comrade at the health center in the early mornings.  He will sorely be missed.

#16 from: Sam and Janice Foos
Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 10:46 AM

The Jolliff Bros. were the movers and shakers in our community for as long as they farmed. Don was a overachiever, he was valedictorian of his class, farmer till the job was done, grew flowers and gave them away, and brought us great meals in the field. We will miss him. You have our symapathy.

#17 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all. We so enjoyed his flowers and garden plants and always a story to tell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#18 from: Tony & Kristi (Dotson) Woods
Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 2:49 PM

I hold lots of memories of Don driving by the house in his pickup when I still lived at home. More fond memories gathered as he visited with our kids whenever we traveled back home. (Those visits were truly special!) He left a good impression, and he'll be missed. We're praying for God's comfort for you, Jolliff family.

Sending lots of love,
Kristi (on behalf of the entire Woods crew)

#19 from: john price
Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 3:37 PM

We are so sorry for your loss Donald will be missed by many. john and becky      

#20 from: Terry Comer
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 8:38 AM

Don was a very good man and a friend. He loved his flowers and garden. He will be missed,but never forgoten

#21 from: Carol Bright
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Don was a beautiful man always a smile and helping hand to all always a smile . He will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss 💔🙏

#22 from: William Jolliff
Newberg, Oregon
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 7:18 PM

We've just now learned of Uncle Don's passing and want to offer our sympathies.

Don was a really important part of my childhood, and I have none but happy memories of his drinking coffee in our kitchen--nearly every morning of my boyhood. Though I no doubt gave him opportunity, I don't ever recall him using a harsh word with me. Quite the contrary: he was always ready with the kindest interest in anything I happened to have to say. He was a fine uncle.

In more recent years, we all benefitted from his faithfulness in organizing the Jolliff reunion. The pleasure that he took in that work spoke clearly to his love for his family, near and far, present and past.

I miss him, and I treasure his memory.

#23 from: The (Australia) Robinson's
Brisbane, Australia
Sat, Jun 5, 2021 at 2:29 AM

Uncle Donald (and Aunt Bernice) were always so good to Mark and I. I remember he and Uncle Gerald let me 'work' on the farm one summer and I got cowboy boots for my efforts!  I'll never forget my time at Uncle Donald's house: especially cherry picking (until the tree was hit by lightning), eating corn, eating more corn, eating corn fritters, and then freezing corn, cutting firewood and eating Old Bay shrimp.  He will be missed by all and is in our families thoughts. - Jeff R & family

#24 from: Marilyn Coleman
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 12:45 PM

I enjoyed my visits to your mom and dad. I am sorry for your loss. You will meet again

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