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Jeffery  R.  King
  • In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to: The Jeff King Music Scholarship Fund at the
  • New Bremen Education Foundation
    435 S. Washington Street
    New Bremen, OH 45869

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“It is hard to believe it has been one year since Jeff's passing. I was reading through his memory book and it made me happy but also sad of all the...Read More »
1 of 71 | Posted by: Michelle Wetterich - Cincinnati, OH

“Bob and sorry. We can't imagine the difficulty you must have in dealing with the loss of a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
2 of 71 | Posted by: Hetzer Family Hetzer - dayton, OH

“We were not fortunate enough to have met Jeff, but I'm sure he was like his father. Honored and loved by everyone who knew him. Our hearts and...Read More »
3 of 71 | Posted by: James & Eva Ethridge - Springboro, OH

“I knew Jeff while growing up in Celina. I was always amazed at his natural born talent and creativity. We played in Stage Band together and would jam...Read More »
4 of 71 | Posted by: Eric (Rick) Paul - Ann Arbor, MI

“I had the pleasure of playing in one of Jeff's bands for a summer (~2001?) on Sunday's at the Moose Lodge along Grand Lake St. Mary's in Celina, OH. ...Read More »
5 of 71 | Posted by: Jason Lee Bruns - Los Angeles, CA

“Dear Nancy & Bob & Terry, Deb, Bill.My heart goes out to you all for your loss. It is just unimaginable. I told some of my friends about Jeff's...Read More »
6 of 71 | Posted by: Daniel Beer - CA - Friend

“Bob, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. ”
7 of 71 | Posted by: Megan Redmond - Dayton, OH

“Dear Nancy & Bob King & family, Our hearts go out to you at this time. We will keep you and your son in our prayers. You have been good neighbors. ...Read More »
8 of 71 | Posted by: Dan & Cathy Zaenglein - OH

“Jeff had passion. We are amongst many, who feel forever grateful to Jeff for sharing his passion. Our sons, Isaac, Noah & Luke were current students...Read More »
9 of 71 | Posted by: Shannon & Mike Budde - Minster, OH

“Our deepest condolences on your loss. Jeff was an unbelievably talented musician who we both loved and admired. I personally loved his politics and...Read More »
10 of 71 | Posted by: Michael and Joyce Lamm - Celina, OH

“Our community has lost a very kind, thoughtful, gifted person. Jeff instilled in so many young people a love for music, the ability to gain...Read More »
11 of 71 | Posted by: Wendy Rochotte - New Bremen, OH

“To the King Family - I am very sorry for your loss. Many wonderful memories as next door neighbors in the early 70s. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
12 of 71 | Posted by: Alan Walther - Clifton Park, NY

“To the King FamilySo sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts andprayers are with you. ”
13 of 71 | Posted by: Shirley and Lee Ann Havener - OH

“To the King FamilySo sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts andprayers are with you. ”
14 of 71 | Posted by: Shirley and Lee Ann Havener - OH

“To the family I share your sorrow.I always loan equipment to him for shows.He brought them back to me day after the show at the bowling al-ley mar...Read More »
15 of 71 | Posted by: walt schmitmeyer - new bremen, OH

“I'm struck with sadness and pure sympathy for Jeff's family on hearing of Jeff's passing. Your all in my prayers. This song is stuck in my head, ...Read More »
16 of 71 | Posted by: Terri Klosterman - Durham, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy and Bob. Clearly, Jeff was loved and his talent valued by many. ”
17 of 71 | Posted by: Jan Rose and Bill Reilly - UT

“Our sympathies and condolences to the King Family, our lifelong friends. ”
18 of 71 | Posted by: Ruth and James Beer - FL - Friend

“Thank you for all of the memories of seeing you play, and hanging out with you. You were a great person, and VERY gifted musician. I also loved the...Read More »
19 of 71 | Posted by: Bob Cushing - Cincinnati, OH

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the King family. We are sadden at such the sudden loss of a talented musician. We greatly appreciate the time Jeff...Read More »
20 of 71 | Posted by: Ruhenkamp Family (Hank) - OH

“Dear Nancy and Bob, I am so sorry to hear about Jeffery's death. Please know that we will pray for Jeffery. I also want to tell you that I often...Read More »
21 of 71 | Posted by: Marj Bernard Braun - Milford, OH

“I am so sorry to hear about this. Jeff was a wonderful person and so brilliantly gifted as a musician. Please post or keep us informed if there is a...Read More »
22 of 71 | Posted by: Mike Bianchi - Erlanger, KY

“Please accept our deepest condolences Bob and Nancy and family. We met Jeff several times after we moved back to Ohio and always found him to be a...Read More »
23 of 71 | Posted by: Wayne & Marlene Bostick - FL

“Our hearts go out to you. ”
24 of 71 | Posted by: Bonnie Grooms - Springboro, OH

“I remember the day Jeff came in the shop to pick up strings for his next gig. Jeff was a working musician, he was quite successful at his craft. A...Read More »
25 of 71 | Posted by: Mike's Music Clinic - St Marys, OH

“Bob & Nancy, you are in our thoughts and prayers on the death of Jeff. His music will be wonderful to hear in the heavens. ”
26 of 71 | Posted by: Gene & Jeannie Bruns Maria Stein

“Jeff you will be missed. Our daughter Meg took guitar and vocal lessons with him.She chose music instead of sports,etc.and it is a great therapy to...Read More »
27 of 71 | Posted by: Audrey Subler - Maria stein, OH

“Draw close to God at this time of deep sorrow. ”
28 of 71 | Posted by: A friend

“Jeff was a Community Treasure. The full extent of his goodness will never be fully understood. Sure, he helped develop the musical talent of dozens...Read More »
29 of 71 | Posted by: Jake Buschur - North Star, OH

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the King family. Jeff was a very special person in so many ways. We will all miss him. ”
30 of 71 | Posted by: Doug Wilson - Cleveland, OH

“Growing up, the King home was a place of such welcome and care. I ache at the sense of loss you surely are experiencing. Know you are held in Love by...Read More »
31 of 71 | Posted by: Gwyn (Eichenauer) Stetler - OH

“Deepest sympathies. I'm still in shock. Much too young. He will be missed. ”
32 of 71 | Posted by: Tim Townsend - Neptune, OH

“I just wish to echo the many wonderful voices that have been sharing how Jeff has touched their lives. I met Jeff through Bill Macdonald and Steve...Read More »
33 of 71 | Posted by: Ben Coonen - Huntington Beach, CA

“Back in the late seventies and early eighties I played with Jeff in the band called Terra, along with Steve Adkins and Steve Baker. That band was...Read More »
34 of 71 | Posted by: John Tippie - Cincinnati, OH

“I can still remember his smile. It was a true smile that reached his eyes. My condolences to his family. ”
35 of 71 | Posted by: Theresa Hunt - Lima, OH

“I met Jeff at Milano Cafe in Lima Ohio... right after the towers fell was a venue we both played at ....Jeff was the other original founder...Read More »
36 of 71 | Posted by: Steve Hendershot - Wapakoneta, OH

“I met Jeff when working at Wendy's on Calhoun st in Cincinnati around 1985. We were both going to UC and worked nights. I found Jeff's sense of humor...Read More »
37 of 71 | Posted by: Kevin Kroger - portland, OR

“Devastated to hear of Jeff's untimely passing I've spent most of this week reflecting on the time I spent with Jeff: the rehearsals, the Sundays on...Read More »
38 of 71 | Posted by: Sherri Overholser - Sidney, OH

“Thoughts and prayers to the family. Brad and Jeff played music together for many years. They too were good friends. So very sorry for the loss... ...Read More »
39 of 71 | Posted by: Brad and Anita Barton - Celina, OH

“Jeff was a joy, and the time I was able to spend to him was a gift. I'm so grateful that he was my friend. He will be missed. Love to you all. ”
40 of 71 | Posted by: Tom Wendel - Sacramento, CA

“We are deeply saddened by hearing the news of Jeff's passing. He taught my daughter mandolin lessons for years and formed a band with her and four...Read More »
41 of 71 | Posted by: Jill Borkowski - New Bremen, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
42 of 71 | Posted by: Ken Davis - Dublin, OH - Family

“Bob and Nancy, our deepest sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with you and you family ”
43 of 71 | Posted by: Doug and Kim Koesters - Coldwater, OH

“Bob, Nancy, Teresa, Deb and Bill. I'm so so sad to hear the news of Jeff's passing. I was privileged to share an apartment with Jeff in 1989 and I...Read More »
44 of 71 | Posted by: Pete Anstock Westerham, Kent, UK

“My sincere sympathy for the family of Jeff King. My memories of Jeff were filled with joy in listening to his music, solo or with the different...Read More »
45 of 71 | Posted by: Terri (Klosterman) Collinworth - NC

“Jeff touched so many lives through his musical talents. It's amazing the bands that he put together and what he taught them and challenged them to...Read More »
46 of 71 | Posted by: Carla Bertke - New Bremen, OH

“How wonderful that such a talent man like Jeff King could cultivate and bring music into so many families. I can't imagine what life would be like...Read More »
47 of 71 | Posted by: Purdy Family - minster, OH

“Jeff was an unbelievably talented musician, not only on guitar but also on French Horn. His artwork was simply amazing and I am proud to say that I...Read More »
48 of 71 | Posted by: John Ellinger - St. Petersburg, FL

“Prayers to Nancy & Bob and family upon your loss of Jeff. Jeff was such an inspiration to so many.... and his life cut so short... but rest assured...Read More »
49 of 71 | Posted by: Snuffy Smith - Celina, OH

“He was taken too soon. May you all find solace in the wonderful memories of his life. Music lives forever in our souls. Rest easy. ”
50 of 71 | Posted by: Leslie Krasne - tucson, AZ

“Jeff you will be sadly missed...your great musical talents and musical legacy and just an awesome human being will live forever... you will never...Read More »
51 of 71 | Posted by: jeff blanke - minster, OH

“Deeply saddened by the news of Jeff's passing. I began taking lessons from Jeff when I was forty, and for over five years he taught me how to hold a...Read More »
52 of 71 | Posted by: Jon Wells - New Bremen, OH

“" The world has lost a Great Talent" and person. I will always remember when you put Miles Davis on and I would ask what was that chord, Jeff you...Read More »
53 of 71 | Posted by: Mike Droesch - Versailles, OH

“Les and I were saddened to hear about Jeff. He will be missed. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
54 of 71 | Posted by: Les & Pat Quinter - Celina, OH

“Bob, Nancy and family, Jeff was one of the most talented musicians I ever had the honor of performing with! We just recently exchanged emails and I...Read More »
55 of 71 | Posted by: Bob Schroeder - Celina, OH

“I'm soooo sorry for yr loss. Jeff was an amazingly talented musician and artist. Funny, clever, kind and sweet. I will miss him deeply :( ”
56 of 71 | Posted by: Anthony Newman - Lima, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss! My heart aches for the King family and all of us that knew him so much! This is so Tragic! Take care!! ”
57 of 71 | Posted by: Tony Fanning - Cincinnati, OH

“I am at a loss for the proper words. My soul aches for your entire family. Recently, I was thrilled to spend time with Jeff after so many years. ...Read More »
58 of 71 | Posted by: Daniel Gels - Birmingham, AL

“Bob and Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about Jeff. My prayers are with you and your family, ”
59 of 71 | Posted by: Sue Ahrens - Coldwater, OH

“Jeff has been teaching my son guitar for the last 6 years. He has brought so much happiness to our home in the form of music. I will miss his daily...Read More »
60 of 71 | Posted by: Amy Stephens - New Bremen, OH

“Bob, Nancy and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. My prayers are with you all at this most difficult time, Jeff was a very talented musician...Read More »
61 of 71 | Posted by: Jana Muhlenkamp - OH

“So sorry to hear this news, thoughts and prayers with your family. I have fond memories from childhood, and enjoyed so much his musical Christmas...Read More »
62 of 71 | Posted by: Elizabeth Weitz Westbeld - OH

“I loved Jeff's sense of humor and his mind was beautiful. His art work , especially his hilarious cartoons ,were shear genius. A great musician and a...Read More »
63 of 71 | Posted by: Amy Caggiano - Fort wayne, IN

“Jeff and I met when I was in high school and he was in junior high. I gave him guitar lessons and remember his sense of humor and his love of music....Read More »
64 of 71 | Posted by: Michele Temple - Woodside, NY

“I have known who Jeff King was for decades, but I have only gotten to really know him in recent years. He was certainly a skilled musician &...Read More »
65 of 71 | Posted by: Susie Stoner - OH - Friend

“A great person. I could write pages, and I'm sure I will. Deepest condolences to his family. ”
66 of 71 | Posted by: Jeff Wilson - Cincinnati - Friend

“Bob,Nancy, and King family. My deepest and sincere condolences to all of you at this time. Many memories of Jeff on and off the stage. Our prayers...Read More »
67 of 71 | Posted by: Dr. Steve Adkins - Centerville, OH

“I have only known Jeff for a short time. I just stated taking guitar lessons in January. He was already getting me involved in a small group band....Read More »
68 of 71 | Posted by: Mike Bergman - Houston, OH

“Jeff was a sweet and talented man. He has been my teacher for 2-1/2 years. I have learned a great deal from him. We just started doing group...Read More »
69 of 71 | Posted by: Shelly Grogean - Newport, OH

“Jeff was my teacher and an AMAZING one at that, he taught me how to play quitar. He helped create many AWESOME memories that I will never forget! May...Read More »
70 of 71 | Posted by: Carson Wyatt - New Bremen, OH

“What a gentle, sweet man who was so excited about the progress and success of his students. ”
71 of 71 | Posted by: Laura Becker - Minster, OH


died unexpectedly at his residence in New Bremen. He was born on June 5, 1963 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Robert L. and Nancy (Gels) King, formerly of Celina, and they survive in Springboro, Ohio. Along with his parents, survivors include his siblings Teresa (Mike) Brockman of Springboro, Dr. Deborah (Matt) Welsh of Springboro, and William King of Cincinnati, his nieces and nephews Laura (Kevin) Jones, Julie Brockman, Sean Welsh, Maddie Welsh, Daniel Welsh, and Joseph Welsh. Jeffery was preceded in death by his grandparents Jerry (Helen) Gels, and William (Laura) King, and a nephew Michael Bratton.

Jeffery was a graduate of Celina High School and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. He was a well-known area musician and teacher who loved his profession, and was loved by his many students.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Jeff King Music Scholarship Fund in care of the New Bremen Education Foundation at The First National Bank of New Bremen, 435 S. Washington Street, New Bremen, Ohio, 45869. Condolences to the King family may be left online at

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