Dr. Austin Ayars

October 27, 1980 - June 7, 2015

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:00 AM Mechanicsburg United Methodist


Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM at Mechanicsburg United Methodist

Dr. Austin T. Ayars, 34, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015.

He was born October 27, 1980 in London, Ohio. He was a 1999 graduate of Fairbanks High School where he was Salutatorian of his class. While there Austin played football, was a member of the National Honor Society and FFA, receiving his All-American Farmer Degree. He was a 10 year member of Champaign County 4-H and honored as the Ohio 4-H Boy of the Year. Austin was also a member of the national winning 4-H Dairy Judging team. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a degree in Animal Science. While there, he was President of the CFAES Council, University 4-H, and was recognized as a Top 20 Senior in that college. He went onto the School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2007. On July 7, he married Adrienne (Davie) Ayars and the couple moved to Phoenix, AZ; where Austin began his veterinary career at Herd Health Management and then later established his own business, Ayars Veterinary Service. Recently, the family moved back to Mechanicsburg, as Austin and Adrienne wanted to be closer to their immediate families.

He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association Bovine Practitioners.

Austin was a loving husband, a devoted father, and a man of great depth and character whose greatest joy in life was taking care of his family. But he also enjoyed coaching and playing rugby as well as paintball. He had a love for Jeeps, knives, pellet guns, and dairy cows. He was a handyman who could literally fix anything.

Austin is survived by his parents, John and Bonnie Ayars; his wife, Adrienne (Davie) Ayars and his children, Lane Wendell, 4 1/2 , Layla Evelyn Ayars, 2 1/2 and a son on the way in July.
brothers, Lucas Ayars and Eli Ayars, of Mechanicsburg; grandmother, JoAnn Tuttle; mother and father-in-law, Patrick and Sally Kelley; brother-in-laws; Adam Davie, of Arlington, VA and Drew Davie, of Sandusky, OH, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and best friend, from the Arizona dairy industry, Edgar Amezcua.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Wendell B. Tuttle and Jack and Gladys Ayars and infant brother, Levi Ayars.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-8 PM on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, 23 South Main St. Funeral Services will be at 11 am on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the church with Rev. William Hlavin and Rev. Dr. Harley Roston officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Security National Bank, 2 South Main Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio for the future education of his children and a possible scholarship/award in Austin’s memory. Services are entrusted to SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com


Jean - Jun 15, 2015

I am so sad to hear of Austin’s passing. I knew Austin while he was a veterinary medical student at Ohio State as I was his Dean of Students. He was always enjoyable to work with; responsible and dedicated to the profession he loved. Please accept my sincere condolences at your loss.
Jean Sander

Gretchen Horstman - Jun 12, 2015

Bonnie and John: Your whole family has been in my prayers since 5pm Wed., when I heard part of a report on WOSU radio about Austin’s passing.
Dave and I are so, so sorry about your loss and extend our deepest
sympathy to all of you.

Royce Thornton - Jun 11, 2015

Bonnie, John, and Andrienne:
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of Austin. Be sure to reflect upon the wonderful memories and good times that you experienced together as you remember Austin over the many years until you will meet him again in heaven.
Royce and Liz Thornton

Robin Oechsle McConn - Jun 11, 2015

John, Bonnie and Family….. I am Stephan Oechsles Mom and I remember you folks well. Your council was very much appreciated by my son. I have been raising your family up in prayer and want you to know how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful boy.

Bill Holland - Jun 11, 2015

We wish to extend prayers and condolences to the entire Ayars family in this time. We will keep Austin’s wife and children in our prayers.
Bill, Sandy, & Xavier Holland

Aliza Fisse, DVM - Jun 11, 2015

To the Ayars family,
I wanted to express my deepest condolences to all of you at this most trying time and I am so sorry I could not be there in person to pay my respects. Austin and I were classmates in veterinary school. He truly was one of a kind, and I remember him as a fun and caring person. I remember we would partner up for some lab sessions and sat next to each other during many lectures. Coming from New York City where we basically only have cows in the zoo, he was my go-to guy for advice on anything food animal related. You will all be in my thoughts an prayers from here in the Big Apple.
Warmest regards,
Aliza Fisse, DVM

Angie Beekman - Jun 11, 2015

I’m so sorry for your loss. Words can not express how sad I am for you. I know you’ll tell his children stories of their father someday and have some good laughs.
I’m sending hugs and lots of love your way.

Len & Mary (Schlessman) Kettel - Jun 11, 2015

Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to your family from Len & Mary (Schlessman)Kettel and family,Patti,Sheri,Steve and families.

Gary and April Evans - Jun 11, 2015

Dear John, Bonnie and family,
You may not remember us, but in the fall of 2013 you sold our family of 10 a beautiful guernsey milk cow and a vacuum pump. We spent months trying to find a guernsey for our family and you two were the only ones kind enough to return our call, answer numerous questions about cow care and sell us a lovely cow. That cow has been a wonderful blessing to our family as have you! Our hearts were so heavy to hear our your family’s tragedy. We pray earnestly that the God of all comfort will comfort you all during this difficult time.
Much love and prayers,
Gary and April Evans

Bob and Roberta (Arthur) Timmons - Jun 10, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joyce Gaver and Barry and Jacki Callicoat - Jun 10, 2015

We are shocked after learning of Austins passing, such a tragedy and loss. We hope that as all your friends, family, and our community stand with you in this time of heartache and sorrow that you are able to feel the comfort of Gods arms when you most need it. Grandma Joyce and both our daughters have been remembering Bonnie singing in church and us living in the Irwin Rd house. Your Austin crammed as much and more than anyone could in his time here with you. May you all be joined again someday, and God bless his wife and children.
With sorrow,
Barry and Jacki, Amy and Mckenzie and Grandma Joyce Gaver

Mr & Mr Warren (Jeff) Knight - Jun 10, 2015

We are sorry for your lose and will keep your family i our prayers.

Sheila McGuirk - Jun 10, 2015

Bonnie and John, I am unable to attend the memorial today but please know that I am with all of you in spirit. The pain of Austin’s death is unimaginable and felt by so many who were touched by his life, interest, enthusiasm, curiosity and groundedness. I hope that there is comfort in knowing that he came home to his roots, to be close to his parents and family, a huge tribute to what you brought to him. In your hardest moments, know, too, that you are surrounded by people who would do anything to lighten the load and remove the weight. From Wisconsin, I send my deepest condolence and know that your strength will get you through this.

Gregg & Cyn Marsh - Jun 9, 2015

Dear Ayars family,
We are truly sorry for the loss of your son Austin. May your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort. Gregg & Cyn Marsh

Perry and Mayme Millard - Jun 9, 2015

Our Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you the strength and comfort, you need during this difficult time.
Always Perry and Mayme Millard

carol kehres - Jun 9, 2015

We were extremely saddened when we learned of the accident. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family.
Terry and Carol Kehres

ann bouton rhinehart - Jun 9, 2015

Dear Bonnie, John, and family, Words can’t even begin to express my sympathies to ALL of you. Just know that you are in my heart, and I’m sending love and hugs from Arizona. God bless you all!!!!
lovingly, ann

Dr Alastair Kay BVSc MS DACVS MRCVS - Jun 9, 2015

Nothing can prepare us for what lies ahead, and this news devastated me as it has for many who had the pleasure of meeting your son. A fantastic student, colleague and friend when i was a surgery resident at OSU. His many attributes as a veterinarian, sportsman and man benefited all who knew him. Such a massive loss. My heart goes out to you all at such a difficult time.
God bless you all and Austin looking down on us all.

Derek Eger - Jun 9, 2015

Dear Ayars,
I cannot fathom the depth of pain the loss of Austin has caused. I have not seen or spoke to Austin since I left Fairbanks. I’ll never forget his smile, it was contagious.
My Deepest Sympathy,
Derek Eger

Erica Routman Barron - Jun 9, 2015

Please accept my sincere condolences, I am in shock. Austin was such a special person. I knew him in undergrad but we worked together in vet school as I took over as treasurer for him in the veterinarian business management association (VBMA). He was always friendly and had a huge grin on his face. There was a time in vet school where Adrienne had been in a car accident or something and the look he had in his eyes was so pure. He would have flown in that moment. I could see how much he loved her then. That goofy guy that taught this Jewish city girl how to make halters in just a few seconds out of rope. We hadn’t talked in years. He was a mench.

The Reverend Charles Hill and wife Betty - Jun 9, 2015

Our thoughts, prayers and tears are with you all of you. May Heaven give you strength for the very challenging days ahead. God Bless

Mike Davis - Jun 9, 2015

John and Bonnie,
I wish to express my deepest sympathies regarding the loss of your son. I pray that God will help you through this most difficult time.

Monica Nott - Jun 9, 2015

My heart is so heavy with this terrible news. Memories of 4H camp and county fairs are full of his smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this had time.

Ned & Diane Shoemaker - Jun 9, 2015

Adrienne, Sally & Pat and family,
Please accept our condolences for your tragic loss of Austin. Words can not appropriately express our feelings of sorrow for your loss. We send prayers for comfort and healing.
Ned & Diane Shoemaker

Rai Kaur Khalsa, VMD - Jun 9, 2015

I learned of the passing of Dr. Ayars through a small closed page on facebook. Understanding the stress of being a veterinarian, having lost my own wonderful father when he was 36 and my older brother when he was still a young man, and now being the grandmother of children the same ages as Dr. Ayars,’I understand – better than most – what you are all going through. Please know that there are people all over the world sending you love and prayers for strength at this seemingly unbearably difficult time.

Jim Patterson - Jun 9, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Austin. I still remember getting a card from him when he was in Europe thanking me for donating to the 4H judging team trip. How many young people would be that thoughtful? I will always think kindly of him. Jim Patterson

Bethany Geib - Jun 9, 2015

I am so, so sorry for the loss of Austin and am praying for God to comfort, sustain, and lead you through this dark valley of sorrow.
Bethany Geib
Academic Assistant at Rosedale Bible College

Sharon Johnson - Jun 9, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers for the Ayars Family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Stuart and Sharon Johnson

Kris Zimmer - Jun 9, 2015

I am so very sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Austin’s family and friends.

Tom Baltzell - Jun 9, 2015

Please accept my condolences for the loss of Austin. What a great human in so many regards. I first met him as a farm hand at OSU when I was a veterinary student, and then re-connected when he became a classmate of my wife, Ann, at OSU CVM. He was always fun, always friendly, always willing to help a friend. Though I have not seen Austin in years, I watched him grow along with his family via facebook posts and photos. He imparted much positive character during his lifetime, and this will be just one of his many enduring qualities. You will all be in my prayers.

Bill Graves - Jun 9, 2015

Bonnie & John-
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,
Bill Graves
Athens, GA

LaTanya Gabaldon - Jun 9, 2015

Dear Adrienne and Family:
I am very sorry for your loss. Although words and kind gestures will never be enough to ease the pain of losing Austin, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
LaTanya Gabaldon

Molly Ringler - Jun 9, 2015

So sorry to hear about Austin. As fellow dairy farmers we can only imagine what you all are going through. Our hearts and sympathy go out to your families. May you find peace and happiness in his accomplishments and his children.

Tim & Joyce Woodruff - Jun 9, 2015

Our prayers are with you. Tim and Joyce Woodruff

Ashley Wiese - Jun 8, 2015

Dear Ayars Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Austin’s passing. We were classmates in vet school at OSU. He was such a talented and genuinely wonderful man. He made a great impact in his profession and clearly a beautiful family.
You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Ashley Wiese

Alyn M. McClure, DVM - Jun 8, 2015

We at Herd Health Management are deeply sorrowed at your loss. We greatly enjoyed working with Austin and as apparent as was his love of cows and dairying, it was small compared to the love and devotion he felt for you and your family. That is what impressed me most about Austin, and it is my hope and prayer for you and your children that you will always find solace in that love and unity which blessed your lives. I know that God lives and knows you and your children and will send you His peace. I know Christ lives, that He rose from the tomb the third day, has broken the bands of death, and that we all will be resurrected. And I know that through the atonement of Christ and His infinite love for you He will help you bear your burdens and will fill your life with hope, light, and purpose (Matthew 11:28-30), and through Him families can be together forever.
Please accept our love, deepest respect, and condolences.
Alyn McClure

Mike & Lois Thiergartner - Jun 8, 2015

Our prayers are with your family.
Mike and Lois Thiergartner

Marianne Beaver-Sxhmidt - Jun 8, 2015

Very sorry for your tragic loss. Austin was a good person, even though we lost contact after high school still was a great person. Sad to see one of our classmates gone so soon. Class of 99. You will be missed.

Bev Ragland - Jun 8, 2015

So terribly sorry for your loss of Austin. Your family is in my prayers. Stay focused on all the good times. John and Bonnie, I will keep you in my prayers.

Laurie Whitling - Jun 8, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Stephan & Laurie Whitling & Family

Andrea Christenson - Jun 8, 2015

John and Bonnie,
I was so sorry to hear of Austin’s passing. He was a good friend when we were in college. He will be greatly missed. Bonnie, my mom, Jan, asked me to pass along her condolences as well. Your family, Austin’s wife and children will be in our prayers.
God Bless!
Andrea Christenson
Richard and Jan Christenson

Jen and Aaron Bouton - Jun 8, 2015

So very sorry to hear of your loss. We wish you peace as life continues on. He will be missed. He now finds a home among many Dairy legends. Our deepest condolences. Aaron and Jen, Audrey, Jillian and Ella Bouton

Brenda Motsco - Jun 8, 2015

Know that Austin’s influence stays with all he’s ever known. He was my classmate in vet school, and I can’t remember a day he wasn’t amiling and laughing. He was liked and respected by each class member and we are all reeling at the loss of such a wonderful man.
Dr Brenda Motsco

Ferrell & Paula Oliver - Jun 8, 2015

Words cannot express our feelings. We are so sorry. Cannot imagine. But we love you and our thoughts and prayers our with the entire family.

Nancy Pagano-Littler - Jun 8, 2015

Austin was a vet school classmate of mine. What I remember most about him was his positive attitude and bright smile. I can’t even imagine the grief your family is going through. As a mother of small children my heart breaks for his wife and kids. My prayers are with you and I know you will see him again.

Melanie and Doug Sims - Jun 8, 2015

John, Bonnie, Lucas and Eli,
We were so upset to hear about Austin today. It really breaks our hearts for someone so young and with a family. We know that you will have some painful days ahead, but only because he was a blessing and you were so lucky to have him. You all will be in our prayers and thoughts.
Warmest Regards,
Doug, Melanie, Jimmy, Marcus, Taylor and Caleb Sims

Kenton and Kerry Baird - Jun 8, 2015

Dear John, Bonnie and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time. Hugs to all of you! Is there anything we can do to help?
Love Kenton and Kerry and family.

Jenny McCreary - Jun 8, 2015

Many great memories with Austin. We send many prayers to the all of you. It is a very sad day.
Jenny, Galen, Mary and Colin McCreary

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