By November 20, 2020Current Services

John Max Schlichter, II, age 62, of Delaware, Ohio, formerly of Fayette County, died Thursday, November 19, 2020, at his home.  His death was sudden and unexpected.

He was born June 10, 1958, in Washington Court House, Ohio to John Max and Mila Kay Weatherly Schlichter.  He was a 1976 graduate of Miami Trace High School and attended Otterbein University.  He lived most of his life in Fayette County before moving to Delaware in 2018.

John was currently serving as director of the Ohio Oil Gas Energy Education Program.  He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 85th district, from 2002 to 2008, and had also served as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He was a Fayette County Commissioner from 1999-2002; served on the Southern State Community College Board of Trustees and as a legislative aide for State Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Peterson.  He had been a member of the Miami Trace Board Education.

While in Fayette County, John was part of Schlichter Farms.  He was a member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church; the Fayette County Pork Producers Association and had been a 4-H advisor.

He was preceded in death by his father, J. Max Schlichter in 2002, and a sister, Dawn Ewer, in 2018.

John is survived by his wife, the former Deborah Ann Cremeans, whom he married August 12, 1979; three children, Bethany Barker and her husband, Thomas, of Worthington; John Max Schlichter, III (Trey) and his wife, Elizabeth, of Colorado Springs, CO and Miles Schlichter of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Max and Jack Schlichter and Asher Barker; his mother, Mila K. Schlichter of Washington Court House; a brother, Arthur E. Schlichter of Columbus; his mother-in-law, Sadie Copas of Washington Court and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Cremation took place.  A celebration of life will be held when COVID 19 safety conditions permit.

Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Madison Mills Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette  County Commission on Aging, 1179 South Elm Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.




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  • Steve Wilson says:

    My cousin and friend, you will be missed but not forgotten. Earth’s loss, is heaven’s gain. My deepest sympathies to Debbie and the children.

  • John Nestor says:

    Praying for the family

  • Gary and Peggy Taylor says:

    Debbie, Mila and family:
    Peggy and wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. While I know it can’t replace John’s presence with you, you can take comfort in knowing John is present with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    John had a great testimony with God and man. He always knew who you were and always had a smile and a good word to say no matter your station in life. He was a blessing in our lives.

  • norman thomas says:

    Sherry and I were so sorry to hear about John. We first got to know him back in the 70’s when he was delivering seed for his Dad. He was always a good friend to us and anxious to help out whenever he could. Sherry enjoyed serving with him on the school board but I told her never to stand beside him in the pictures because he made her look like a midget!! In 1998 when my Dad died he sang at the funeral for us. I don’t think there were more than 75 people there, but he sang How Great Thou Art like he was singing to an audience of 10,000. It meant the world to us!! We are so sorry for your loss but I know John is rejoicing in Heaven. If there is anything we can do please let us know.

  • Jeanne Rosendahl says:

    To the precious family of John,
    So sorry to hear about John’s death. My heart breaks for you. He was such a special guy blessed by God!!! May our Lord comfort you with peace that passes all our understanding.


  • Mary Stream says:

    Dear Debbie & Family,
    We are deeply saddened by John’s untimely death. He was a truly nice person and he will be greatly missed by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless you.

    Tom & Mary Stream