January 23, 1953 – March 26, 2017
Jeff Jeffers passed peacefully early Sunday morning, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by loving family.
Jeff Jeffers was born James William Jeffers on January 23, 1953, in Neosho, MO, to the late Mary Lynn Cornwell Jeffers, and Billy Wayne Jeffers. The “Jeff” nickname was given to him by his mother, and it stuck for life.
Jeff attended Neosho High School, where his passion for football was nurtured by head coach, and mentor, Calvin Lane. Jeff earned all district honors in 1970.
Jeff then went on to earn his undergrad at the University of Tulsa. From there, Jeff decided it was time to pursue his passion, Notre Dame football. Jeff enrolled in graduate programs, where he would go on to earn his Masters in Communications from Notre Dame. Concurrently, Jeff began working at the campus TV station WNDU. He had found his calling covering Notre Dame football for WNDU, which Jeff would go on to do for the next 40 years, earning the title of “The Dean of Local Sports.” Few people in news stay a place for that long, Jeff did because he loved Notre Dame on such a cellular level. However, being a reporter wasn’t a job, or even a career, It was a vocation, it’s who he was. This passion for his work would be recognized by Jeff being recipient of an honorary monogram, from the Notre Dame Monogram Club in 2006, and then being inducted into The Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
What Jeff loved even more than being a reporter was being a family man. Husband to Leslie, and father to LeighAnn, Scott, Reilly, and Kelly, they were the light of his life. He would beam when discussing them. Despite his busy schedule, Jeff would make time for family. Whether that was football games of the boys, or softball for the girls, Jeff wanted to be there. To Michiana Jeff was, “The Dean,” but to his family, he was just Dad.
Jeff was preceded in death by: his parents Billy Wayne Jeffers, Mary Lynn Cornwell Jeffers, his adoptive father Bill Cornwell, nephew David Reed, and nephew Matthew Richards. Jeff is survived by: wife Leslie, sons Reilly and Scott, daughters LeighAnn and Kelly; sisters: Priscilla Reed, Barbie Jeffers, Nancy Morgan, Libby Richard, and a brother Jack Cornwell.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jeffers Children Education Fund, at any Notre Dame Federal Credit Union Office.
Visitation will be from 3-7pm Wednesday at McGann Hay Funerals / Cremations / Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter on Cherry Rd. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at The Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1701 Miami St. at 11:00am, Thursday with Rev Terry Fisher, Pastor officiating and Rev. Barry England giving the Homily. Cremation will follow at McGann Hay’s American Cremation Society.
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