Donald E. Jones

April 13, 1924 ‒ January 19, 2005

Ashley, Ohio

Donald E. Jones, age 80 of Ashley died at home Wednesday morning, January 19, 2005.

He was born on April 13, 1924 in Ashley to Paul S. and Mabel (Holt) Jones. A lifelong resident of the Ashley and Westfield communities. Don was a proud US Marine Corps veteran of WW II participating in action at Okinawa, Ryukya Island and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

In addition to being a lifelong farmer and woodworker he also worked for Oxford Township. He was active in the Ashley community and for over 40 years cooked the chicken for the Ashley Corn Show, participated in the Veterans Parades and was always willing to help his fellow Veterans. A life member of A-1-7 First Division Marine Corp League, American Legion Post #518 of Ashley, V.F.W. Post #3297 of Delaware, AMVets #102, Delaware Moose Lodge #1167, Moose Legion, and a benefit member of Delaware Eagles #376. He was a honorary citizen of Mooseheart, a volunteer for The Council for Older Adults, and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 1998 by the Council.

Survived by his wife of 30 years: Betty (Askins) Jones, Daughters: Marilou (Bill) Nelson of Delaware, Marcia (Harry) Peachey of Cardington, Marilyn (Max) Hartsock of Ashley, Step-son: Rick (Karen) Firstenberger of Ashley, Step-Daughter: Brenda Durfey of Delaware, 3 Grandchildren: Douglas (Kate) Nelson, Jessica (Josh) Bendle, Nick Hartsock, Great-grandchildren: Rachel and Olivia, Step-Grandchildren: Tony, Rick, Tracy, Laura, Jay, Aubrey, Miles, Matthew, Step-Great-grandchildren who include: Kristen, Sean, Corey, Kyle, Jasmine, Brittney, Bridgette, Dillon, Josh, Sisters: Grace Fiant of Cardington, Evelyn Leienberger of Ashley, a host of nieces, nephews, faithful friends, and Marine buddies.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Richard in 2000.

Friends may call Friday 4-8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, where services will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m., interment with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Assoc. will follow in the Veterans Section of Oak Grove Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be his surviving fellow US Marine Corps Veterans: Richard “BoBo” Holbrook, Merrill Forbes, John Hughes, Charles Horrocks, and Marty Failor.

Memorial contributions can be made to Council for Older Adults, 818 Bowtown Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or Hospice at Grady, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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