Tony Monbeck, age 71, of Saint Paris, OH, passed away on January 3, 2021 after a brief but valiant fight against a rare autoimmune disease. Tony was born in Dayton, OH, but also lived in Lexington, KY for 45 years.
Despite being cut too short, Tony lived a full life. Early on, he worked for the Lexington Herald Leader as a pressman for 25+ years. Later, he pursued his dream job of driving semis which allowed him to travel all over the country until he retired a year ago. In his free time and in the rare moments he took for himself, you could expect to find Tony enjoying bird watching and being a formidable competitor in backgammon and hand & foot card matches. He was also an avid fan of tennis, NASCAR, and classic cars. Traveling was another passion of Tony's, and he loved going on road trips to some of his favorite places, like Englewood Beach, FL.
For those who knew Tony, they would describe him as being easy-going, helpful, kind, and one of the most selfless people around. Tony was known to be a positive role model and resident grandpa for the neighborhood kids he referred to as his “posse”.
Those family who preceded Tony in death include his parents: Virgil L. Monbeck and Janet L. (Davis) Monbeck Spradlin; his brother: Michael E. Monbeck; his daughter: Deborah Dial; and his grandson: Avery Monbeck.
Tony will be loved and remembered by his surviving family, which includes his wife: Darlene K. (Brown) Hoyt-Monbeck; his brother: Stephen P. (Ella) Monbeck of Brookville, OH; his sister: Angela M. (David) Holman of Englewood, OH; his son: Scott Monbeck of Nelsonville, OH; his stepson: Anthony Hoyt of Chicago, IL; his stepdaughter: Jennifer (Cort) Schneider of Cary, NC; his grandchildren: Brett (Lily) Monbeck; Aaron (Kristen) Monbeck; Olivia Jenkins; Kerrigan Jenkins; Lillian Schneider; and his great grandchildren: Savannah Monbeck; Jameson Monbeck; Augustus Monbeck; Layla Smith; Harrison Monbeck; and many nieces and nephews.
Due to the pandemic, the family will host a celebration of life for Tony at a later time when it is safe for his family and friends to gather and pay their respects. In honor of him, you may make a donation in his name to the Vasculitis Foundation.
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