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 and two great grandsons.