He graduated from Ohio University in 1970 and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1974. He practiced family dentistry from 1974-1976 in Elyria. From 1976-1979, he completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at The Ohio State University. In 1979, he began his practice in oral surgery in Lima, retiring in 2002. He was on staff at St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the American Dental Association, American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, The Ohio State University Alumni Association. and past member of Market Street Presbyterian Church in Lima.
He was preceded in death by mother, Gail Tufford; and sister, Kathy Gockel.
He is survived by wife, Candace (nee Kent); children, Jennifer Sarnovsky, Catherine (Eric) McCarthy, Michael Sarnovsky, Elizabeth (Thomas) McGary; grandchildren, Allison, Joey, Maggie, Ethan, Izzie Guagenti, Jacob and Keri Wheeler, Tyler McCarthy, Ian and Cecilia McGary; father, John Sarnovsky; stepmother, Judy Sarnovsky; sister, Linda Kaatz; brother, Craig Sarnovsky; and several nieces and nephews.
A private family memorial service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201.