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Jack R. JonesNovember 15, 1929 ~ August 23, 2017 (age 87)
His legacy is one of unwavering love and commitment to things that truly mattered; for that, we can be thankful. On August 23, 2017, Jack R, Jones, 87, of New Lexington, stepped into eternity with the same strength and dignity by which he lived every day of his life.
Jack was an amazing man who participated in life with his family and community until the very end. He was a lifelong resident of Perry County and had a smile for everyone he met. He was well known for being generous and talkative as well as being very independent and perhaps a little stubborn. He was a wonderful father to Christopher Jones of the home and Lori (Jimmy) Wahl of Nashport. He never missed an opportunity to brag on his kids. They were undoubtedly two of his favorite people on the planet. They gave him four beautiful grandkids and the opportunity to be the best Poppy in the whole world. Kelci Jones, Jacob Wahl, Jonah Wahl and Christian Wahl are blessed to have known that kind of love.
Jack lived a full and happy life. He was born in Congo, Ohio on November 15, 1929 to the late John Paul and Annabelle (Gunnett) Jones. He grew up with five siblings who all preceded him in death. They were Arthur Jones of Phoenix, Arizona, Raymond “Goog” Jones of Shawnee, A. Maxine Bulstron of Congo, Betty Rogers of Corning and Paul Jones of Bucyrus. Two infant sisters also preceded him in death. He was good and supportive brother who could always be depended on in time of need. In addition to his kids and grandkids, a dear friend and the mother of his children, Janet Kay (Bill) Devereaux of Junction City, survives Jack. They were married for 34 years and in the end, they knew that a little thing like divorce should not stand in the way of all they had in common. That was a true gift to the rest of the family. Several nieces and nephews also survive Jack. One particularly special niece, Shana (Greg) Altier of Congo, was more like a daughter. We cannot fail to mention his little wiener dog, Vladdy. They were constant companions and the best of friends. Vlad will miss good night kisses and sharing a bed with his Pop.
Jack was a proud US Army Korean War veteran and a union man. He loved and supported his country. He was a very hard worker who instilled that same work ethic in his kids. He had many jobs over the years but retired from Ludowici Celadon in 1993. He was active in retirement as an extraordinary babysitter, American Legion Post 327 member, Congo Alumni supporter and Citizens for Congo officer. He looked forward to and was instrumental in the Congo Homecoming each July. He was famous for his tong dance as he made grilled corn and brats. They will not taste the same without him. Jack was known for being incredibly smart. He solved the Cryptoquote and Jumble each morning. He also enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and cooking.
He professed his faith in Jesus Christ later in life and was a member of the Congo Community Church.
Calling hours will be held from 4pm-7pm on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Roberts-Winegardner Funeral Home, 304 Mill Street, New Lexington, Ohio and from 1:30pm-2:30pm on Saturday at the church.
Funeral service will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Congo Community Church, Congo, Ohio.
Burial will be in Oakfield Cemetery with graveside military services by Corning American Legion Post #327.
If you knew him, count yourself among the lucky. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Congo Community Church, Perry County Cancer Coalition or Genesis Hospice and Palliative Care.
Obituary and online register book at www.robertsfuneralhomenewlex.com