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Jeffrey Brent Antill

Jeffrey Brent Antill, age 72 of Middleburg succumbed to serious injuries on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. He passed away at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus surrounded by family.

Jeff was born on February 6, 1951 to the late John R. Antill and Evelyn Brotton Antill. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his nephew Jackie Raymond Antill, Jr.

Jeff served in the Army during the Vietnam War between 1971 and 1973. He spent his early career building silos for the Advanced Silo Corporation out of Orville, Ohio. He was a Jefferson Township Trustee for twenty plus years and was a member of many boards throughout the community. He was a proud Republican Central Committee member and retired as a line-supervisor for the City of Caldwell, Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Those who knew Jeff would describe him as exceptionally intelligent, courageous, boisterous, opinionated and as an unconditionally loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a charismatic storyteller, an avid history buff, and a righteous supporter of fairness, equality, and justice within his community. He was an engaged and empathetic listener, an advocate for the underdog, and his larger than life personality, contagious belly laugh, insight, and advice, both solicited and unsolicited, will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the community he loved, fought for, and called home.

Jeff will be remembered for his passion, patience, his ability to make those around him feel at ease in being themselves, and unwavering loyalty and solidarity for his family and friends.

Jeff was known throughout the community as a “goodtime Charlie,” but the thing he enjoyed most of all was spending time with his faithful companions JoJo, Lottie, Oreo; his beloved children Bernie and Isaac (Dee) Antill, and Kellie (Brian) Vegh; as well as his grandkids Johnathan and Romy Moore, Sebastian Antill, and Gunnar Vegh, his brother Jack (Nancy), and his nieces Jessica Sowers and Drew Antill (Mikey Leasure). Jeff’s children and grandchildren were the apples of his eye.

Jeff will be sadly missed by his children, grandchildren, his best friend and big brother Jack, and the entire Noble County Community. His friends and family are heartbroken by his tragic passing.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 609 West Street, Caldwell, OH 43724. A memorial service will conclude visitation Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Brad Peoples officiating. Military honors will follow the service conducted by the Noble County Veteran Service Organizations. Please join us in remembering Jeff by visiting his memorial at


  1. Diana Lawrence on June 2, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    To the entire Antill Family,
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jeff. He was “one of a kind” in many ways. His service to the community and friendship to all will be dearly missed. May the memories you have bring peace and love to all.

    Diana Lawrence and Family

  2. Mary Lou Podlasiak on June 2, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    I remember how ornery he was in high school, but for some reason, Rama Steen loved him. All she had to do was say his name and he would immediately behave. Years later when she died, she had left instructions for Jeff to be one of her pallbearers. He cried like a baby at her funeral. When I heard he had died, I felt so sorry for his family, but then again, I’ll bet Rama was happily waiting for him at the gate.

    He will be so missed.

  3. Angie on June 3, 2023 at 8:07 am

    I didn’t know Jeff well but he was a customer that I waited on regularly at Food Center in the deli. I enjoyed waiting on him he was alway good for a laugh or a smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  4. Karen Okey on June 3, 2023 at 10:08 am

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Jeff was a great guy. I have known him and his families for years. I really enjoyed running into him in Caldwell. He will be missed. I’m so sorry for the families loss

  5. Marie Ralston on June 3, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I graduated with Jeff. Always a nice guy. So sorry to hear of his passing

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