John E. Bayliff was born in Lima, and moved to Cridersville when he was 2 years old. He was raised in the funeral home business, first cleaning cars, and then helping the ambulance service. He learned from an early age what it means to offer attentive service to families. John continues to set a daily example of what it means to provide the highest level of personal service to those you serve.
After graduating from Cridersville High School, he went on to graduate from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and The Cincinnati College of Embalming. John is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Otterbein Homes as well as the Board of Trustees for Community Health Professionals. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Otterbein-Cridersville Retirement Living Community and the Board of Hospice for Caring Way. John is a member of the Ohio Crematory Operators Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the Cremation Association of North America. He was recognized in 2009 by the Ohio Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service as a licensed funeral professional. John also served for 37 years with the Cridersville Volunteer Fire Department.
John is also a member of the Cridersville United Methodist Church. He was a faithful and loving husband to his late wife, Cindy, and has three children, Valery, Chris and Becky. He also has four grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Valery has been with Bayliff & Son Funeral Home since 1982. She was raised in the funeral home business and lived her entire life in Cridersville. She attended Cridersville elementary and graduated from Wapakoneta High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Valery holds an Ohio license for preneed insurance.
She is married to Gary Fultz and has a daughter from a previous marriage, along with Gary's four sons from a previous marriage. Valery and Gary also have several grandchildren.
Becky Bayliff was born in Lima, and grew up in Cridersville. She attended Wapakoneta Senior High School and Taylor University. She works with the Ohio Mortuary Response Team and Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team.
She attends Cridersville United Methodist Church. She is newly married to Eric and has one daughter named Lynsey and two stepchildren, Kristi (married to husband, Jason) and Deric. She also has four step-grandchildren, Ryan, Megan, Jimmy and Tori.
Thank you for touching our lives at this sorrowful time with your strength and understanding.— Maxine W.