Celebrating the life of

John Henry Ohsiek, III "Jay"

Passed away on April 02, 2021

John Henry Ohsiek, III

John Henry “Jay” Ohsiek, III, 63, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at Candler Hospital.  Jay was born January 10, 1958 in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.  He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension.

Jay attended Newberry College where he was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity, and graduated in 1980.  Jay was employed by Stage Front as their Lead Audio Engineer where he worked throughout the southeastern United States. 

Jay was often seen in his 1938 kayak, which his grandfather built, throughout the Savannah waterways.  He was an avid fisherman, loving husband, father, and grandfather.    

The greatest joy in his life was taking care of his granddaughter Maggie.  

Jay is survived by his wife, Susan Sims Ohsiek of Savannah, GA, his parents, Rev. John H. “Jack” Ohsiek, Jr., and Elsa Ohsiek of Savannah, GA, his daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Tanner Howell of Savannah, GA, his son, John Henry “Jake” Ohsiek, IV of Savannah, GA, and his granddaughter, Maggie Lynn Howell of Savannah, GA.  Also surviving are his siblings, Elaine Bingham of Wake Forest, NC, Paul Ohsiek of Lakeland, FL, and Jill Gaspin of Savannah, GA.

A Private Service will be held at a later date.

Remembrances may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401.



So many great memories with Jay. Please let me know when the service is. Richard Adams

- Richard Adams, Tybee island, Georgia

Jay was such a kind soul. I've known Jay for many years but had not been in contact for quite some time. I pray the family finds peace in his passing.

- Skip Graham, Savannah, GA

With being neighbors down the block, we always saw Jay outside doing something. I just saw him last week mowing the lawn. We waved as always. We were sorry to hear that he passed away. I also remember him being involved with the children at Jacob G. Smith. May you find comfort.

- Rosenberg's, Savannah , Georgia

I am so deeply sorry for the passing of Jay. Praying for peace, love and comfort for all of this loved ones.

- Shambre Levangie, Richmond Hill, Georgia

We were so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was always a great friend, neighbor, and bandmate and helped our family in many ways. Please let us know about the service.

- Doug and Amy Povie, SAVANNAH, GA

So sorry for your loss Susan, Shelley and Jake. Just hold your memories close and we will be praying for y’all in the coming days! Also the rest of the family my condolences.

- Nancye howell, Brunswick , Ga

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Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Lynn and Richard Mazzie"

- Lynn and Richard Mazzie, Pooler, GA

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- Bill Sandra and Sophia Wade , Savannah, GA

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We hold the family in our thoughts and prayers.

- Jody and Emma Claire, Savannah, GA

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Jay was a such kind person. I haven't seen him in years, but just thinking about him making makes me smile.

- Kymberyl Rody Zittrouer, Asheville, North Carolina

wow so sorry to hear this very sad news of a fellow Lutheran and family man. More sad being here at Easter !! prayers for his parents and children RIP my friend

- John o Ewaldsen, Savannah, GA

So many fond memories of Jay assisting the choir on the Timpani. My favorite was the Good Friday service when the passage was read that the veil was torn down after Jesus' death... Jay used the Timpani to make a loud noise, that went on for a minute+.... when he finished, the sound echoed through the church until if finally died out. One of the most moving services I've attended. He will be missed.

- Brent Lowry, Savannah, GA

My heart was saddened by reading of Jay's passing. We were friends at Newberry College, and I have very fond memories of him. I pray and wish for peace for his family and friends.

- Lisa Waldhour Repasy, Rincon, Georgia

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To Paul and all the members of the Ohsiek family, so shocked to hear this news! Prayers for comfort and peace for you all.

- Marjorie Tobias, Newberry, SC

Jay was taken too soon. I have really enjoyed working with Jay for many years. The Brawley's off sincere condolences to Jay's family.

- Jim Brawley, Clemson, SC

My condolences to the family. I have known Jay since I was a teenager and he has always been a good friend and mentor. There is a big hole in the production world and he will be missed.

- John Polite, Savannah, Ga

So sad to hear of Jay’s passing. Another big loss to the Savannah Music Fraternity. Drum on Jay! Positive Vibes to His Soul, Family and Legacy.

- Butch Braddy, Savannah , Ga

Jay was a super friend whom I've known for years. Really. I worked many of gigs that Jay was also involved and had nothing but praises that I have done at the events. Always a kind word. Go with God and be blessed.

- Ray Williams , Savannah , GA

I am really going to miss that smiling face. Jay, rest easy, you have earned it. May your family find strength and peace.

- Bill Nesmith, Savannah, GA

Jay and I were friends and working partners for most of the last 30 years. Whether it was a corporate event or a concert, I always knew that Jay had things under control. He was a great friend and his presence will be missed at many events yet to come.

- Paul Mazo, Savannah, GA

Jay has gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Jay had the most beautiful smile whenever he approached anyone and always had a big heart aiming to please everyone. And to his wife, children, and granddaughter we are sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to be strengthened during this time of grief.

- Lisa White, Savannah, Ga

I am so sad to hear Jay passed away. I hadn’t seen him for many many years, but I got to see him and talk with him a couple of weeks last time. I’m thankful for that. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved him.

- Joan Galletta , Jacksonville , FL

I am so sad to hear Jay passed away. I hadn’t seen him for many many years, but I got to see him and talk with him a couple of weeks last time. I’m thankful for that. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved him.

- Joan Galletta , Jacksonville , FL

My heart aches for you. I just read on Synod news of Jay’s death. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

- Alice Martin, Brevard, N.C.

We are so sorry to learn of Jay’s passing. We send our love to you all — God Bless . Steve & Donna

- Steve and Donna Calcutt, Florence, SC

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ohsiek family. May the lovely memories comfort you.

- Gina Hazel, Savannah, GA

All Hail Sinfonia! My condolences on the loss of this brother. May he Rest In Peace.

- Ruth Sahuc Mannich, Pooler, Georgia

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I haven't seen Jay in almost 40 years. Sounds like he had a great life. My condolences to the family.

- Don L Robinson, SAVANNAH, GA

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Herbert L Mackey, Savannah, Georgia

So sorry to learn of Jay‘s passing. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Jay. Always upbeat and always willing to help. What a beautiful soul. I will miss him. May God bless his family. Rest In Peace my friend.

- Darryl Smith, Richmond Hill , GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Private Service Will Be Held