He was simply working in his yard when a tragic accident took his life.
That accident happened off Hickory Point Drive, above Lake Cumberland, in Wayne County.
70 year old John Maggard was on his lawn tractor when he apparently got too close to the edge and plunged off the 90 degree bluff to the lake waters below.
Maggard was a retired minister from Ohio and neighbors say the man's death sends a strong message.
“I think when the lord is ready for us to come home, he sends us home. His reasons are bigger than us. We don't know his reasoning, there must be a reason or purpose behind it,” Dwayne Pelkey said.
We're told that Maggard's funeral will take place in his hometown of Hillsboro, Ohio.