Gene A. Jones

January 10, 1917 ‒ December 30, 2017

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Gene A. Jones, age 100, of Columbus, OH, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, OH. He was born on January 10, 1917 in Amesville, OH, to the late Oscar D. and Sarah (LaFollet) Jones.

He graduated from Amesville High School, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University, and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University. He served as an executive officer of the 175th Fighting Squadron of the Army Air Corp in the European Theater during WWII.  He married Mary E. Whisner in 1947, and shared 70 wonderful years with her.  He practiced law for 32 years in Columbus, OH, was a member of the Columbus Rotary Club and a member of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, OH.  Gene was an avid golfer and enjoyed the time spent with many golfing friends over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Whisner) Jones; four children, Ron (Nancy), John (Ellen), Alan (Joanne), JoAnn (Randy) Kauffman; six grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church; 205 N Mulberry St, Mt Vernon, OH, 43050, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Warren Outhwaite officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will take place in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens, with Military Honors provided by Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in the name of Gene A Jones.

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  • I met Gene in the mid 60’s at the Downtown YMCA in Columbus. I was in my early 20’s and was stationed in Columbus. I had a desire to learn how to play handball and Gene took me under his wing and became a teacher and a mentor. Even though our time spent was relatively brief in the scheme of things I never forgot the lessons he provided, the kindness he extended and the example he set of how to play and compete as a gentleman. I went on to become a serious player playing in and winning several tournaments along the way. Even though we went our different ways in the early 70’s I never forgot Gene and the time he spent with me. I still play the game he loved in my 70’s. He shared the love of that game with me and I owe that to Gene.
    I extend my deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Joann you were so blessed to have so many wonderful years with your father. He has a wonderful history of life would have loved to met him. May your heart remember all the good times spent with him God be with you and your family I’m thinking of you.

    • Thank you, Carole. He really was a wonderful man. Thank you for your kind words and prayers. Love you!

  • JoAnn, I saw your father’s passing in the dispatch, I am very sorry to hear of it. I believe I am a third cousin of yours. My grandpa Evert Jones was a brother to your grandfather Edgar Jones. I also grew up in Amesville Ohio, and now live in Reynoldsburg. My email is

  • I heard about Mr. Jones passing from my grandfather. He is a second cousin of Gene’s. My grandfathers, grandfather was the brother of Gene Jones Father. We are very sorry for your loss JoAnn. If you would like to contact us my email is