Joseph Lynn Hern Tuesday, June 2, 1970 - Sunday, January 1, 2017

Joseph Lynn Hern 46, of Zanesville passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Columbus. He was born June 2, 1970 in Zanesville. Joseph was retired from the Columbus Police Department, enjoyed photography, was a passionate singer, guitar player and artist. He is survived by his mother Brenda Beymer (Rich) Heizman; a son Keegan Hern; a daughter Kaeli Hern; siblings Jerry Hern III (Lisa Ortiz), Jef Hern (Leanne Knicely), Jim (Jodi) Hern; Julie Kemp, Arthur (Stephanie) Heizman and Tim (Tina) Heizman. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerrold L. Hern Jr. A memorial service will be held at 11AM Monday, January 9, 2017 at the First Church of God, 1930 Newark Road, Zanesville, OH with Pastor Danny Neville officiating. THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME, 1150 W. MILITARY ROAD has been entrusted to care for the Hern family. To send a note of condolence to the family, visit our website, like us on facebook or contact our caring staff at 740-450-8000. The family humbly asks that donations be made on behalf of Joe's children, Keegan and Kaeli Hern. An education trust fund named the "K2 Memorial Fund" has been set up at Huntington Bank. Donations can be made in person at any Huntington Bank or mailed to the following address: Huntington Bank ATTN: CB16 Steve Sprader K2 Memorial Fund 630 S State St. Westerville, OH 43081

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Hern was my co-worker, and a good friend. His laughter was infectious and he had a genius response to every question that I ever asked him. He taught me so much and I am deeply saddened for the absence of his presence in the world. May God bless and be with his entire family as you remember him each day. Always cherish and live within the good and sweet memories and never let them be overshadowed. Rest in peace my friend.




Brenda and Rich, praying God's peace and comfort over you. Love and hugs

I met Joe at the first Ohio Live Adventure game in Columbus.  There were several of us who were “firsties” and while the orientation did mention looting the “dead,” we weren’t expecting anyone to die, especially the Mayor.  Joe looked like a medieval mayor in his costume.  We had gathered around him as he was giving “in-game” information.  Suddenly, he collapsed.  He did his death scene so well, we weren’t sure whether he “game” died or really died.

We were afraid to touch him and no one looted him.  One of the game designers came over after a bit.  She handed him a white ribbon (head band) and helped him up.  He seemed mad for being assassinated and that no one had looted him.  He pulled a big bag of coin and treasure out of his sash and threw it on the ground.  The gypsy kids grabbed the bag before it had a chance to bounce and were gone!  We didn’t even start to bend over and the bag was gone from sight!

That was our introduction to role playing.  It has been fun ever since.  Joe sang a song:  “My name is Joe.  I work in a button factory. …”

Joe was always friendly, open, and welcoming at the games.  He was fun and pleasant to be with.  I don’t really know the real life Joe Hern, I only met and played with the game Joe.  My experience so far is that we almost never show our real selves at game.  You only meet and interact with the game image.  I certainly hope that’s the way I have been playing roles.  Otherwise I am in deep trouble playing a magic user because I tend to do stupid things relying on my magic to save me (it doesn’t).

Joe, I will miss you at the games.  Rest easy; look down and watch us to forget to loot the dead.

Jan David Fisher

Host of MNLA

Joe was a classmate of mine in 2001 at the Columbus Police Academy. I will remember his smile and his enthusiasm.  My condolences to Joe's family.

I am sorry for your loss. May  fond memories of happier times be comforting to the family during this time of grief. We have the assurance from God that He will swallow up death forever and wipe tears from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8)

I offer my deep sympathy to the friends and family of Joe Hern.  I knew Joe through the NY Live Adventure group, where Joe and I bonded over a mutual love of music and performance.  I always enjoyed hearing him sing at our gatherings, especially one particular song that went "My name is Bert, it's on my shirt...I sell gasoline." A number of years back, he and I re-connected over some IT issues that I was having and he was gracious enough to help me get a website up and running.  Over the years, we stayed in touch over Facebook, and I appreciated the opportunity to continue to experience his humor, intellect, and his generous spirit.  My heart goes out to all who knew and loved Joe and are feeling his loss.  He is someone we will not soon forget.

Brenda & Rich - I was looking through the paper last night and found Joey's obit - I was shocked and surprised.  I hope that you are doing ok.   You and your families have our thoughts and prayers. . . .

Patricia Shumate Lewis "Willow" and Ralph E. Middaugh, Jr. "Bear"

Words cannot express the pain of losing a father, son, uncle, loved one, friend. My deepest condolences to Joe’s family and all who miss him. Joe’s creativity, his giftedness, spontaneity, and all that made him lovable will live on in our memories. I am grateful and blessed to have known him and call him friend for 25 years. May he rest in God’s eternal peace.

Dear Hern Family,

I knew Joe through the Live Adventure Game in NY and always found him to be an incredible friend.  He was always "all in" when it came to fun as well as work.  I hadn't seen him in several years but kept in touch through face book, watching his journey.  He always had something exciting happening, was very thoughtful in his response to current events and friends, and had such a sharp intellect.  I can only imagine the pain and shock you must be feeling and want you to know that he was very special to many people.  You have my deepest sympathy.

Judy Stachowski


Brenda, Rich & Family,

So, so sorry for the loss of your son. I can't begin to imagine the pain you are going through.  Please feel free to call me if there is anything I can do.  Love, Karen Johnson

Hern Family,

I remember his smile in high school.  I am always proud to see what my classmates have done and become.  But I am always sadden when I find out in this way.  Keep your best memories for him, love laughter and fun.  It will be in every smile you see.  Thinking of you all.

West Muskingum Class of '88

Denise Laughlin Hamric

Dear Brenda

With sympathy I send this note.  Losing a son this young is diffcult.  May happy loving memories sustain you. 

Judy Armbrust Spiker


My sincere condolences to the family. Joe was a giant in our community, because of his talent, his humor, his caring nature. Each year I hoped to see him walking across that field again, joining us for a weekend of camping and magic. Tragic to think that the possibility is forever gone.

"We shall not look upon his like again."

Hey Joe. I didn't get a chance to know you that well. We talked a bit here and there in PM on Facebook. Most of our communication was on threads, pictures, jokes etc. We always seemed to agree. I know your heart was in the right place. You are out here doing your thing, trying to help models and others find their way. You recognized selfish people but still tried to help them to the point of it becoming bad for you. I'm proud to have called you friend and was looking forward to more meaningful chats and HOPEFULLY meet up for coffee one day. That day will never come, at least not on this plane of existence. Godspeed. Thank you for being you.

Brenda, Richie and family,

So sorry to hear of your loss.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim Neville