John F. Moneysmith, of Worthington, Ohio, died on Friday, December 23, at Friendship Village of Dublin. He was born in Ashland, Ohio, on December 5, 1927. He began playing the marimba when he was ten years old and developed such proficiency that he frequently performed at various events in the Ashland area. He also was active in FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) and farmed with his father while growing up until a few years after he married Alberta L. Swank in 1950.
Although he was no longer actively farming, John devoted his life to helping farmers, first as a tractor salesman and then as a field agent for Production Credit Association in Bucyrus, Ohio, an organization that provided loans to farmers. In 1963, he moved to the Ohio Farm Bureau in Columbus, Ohio, where he continued to develop a system of computerized farm management. This system developed into TABS (The Agribusiness System), software that is still used by many Ohio farmers who are clients of his company Agrimaster. John was a good storyteller and loved sharing his farming experiences and talking with other farmers. He was actively involved in his business until shortly before his death. He also was a long-time member of All Saints Lutheran Church and valued the many friends he made there and the support they provided in his later years. John is survived by his son, Jim Moneysmith, his daughter, Jayne Moneysmith (Brent Stansen), his grandsons Jackson Kulas (Lucy Goss) and Jacob Kulas (Kylie Spillane), two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Alberta.
Memorial services will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington, Ohio, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29. Calling hours at the church will precede the service, from 9:00 to 11:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to All Saints Lutheran Church or to the Ohio FFA Foundation.