Jack Ross Girton

October 19, 1937 ‒ April 01, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Jack Ross Girton. October 19, 1937 – April 1, 2021.

Survived by wife Jacqueline Sue Girton, sons Jamie and Jeremy Girton, twin sister Jeri Lane, sister Joann Chapman, nephews Richard Girton, Ronald Girton, Douglas Girton, Dennis Cropper, Steve Chapman, Rick Chapman, Tom Chapman, Brad Drumm, nieces Terri Chapman, Connie Carr, Jolene Sparkman, Lynn Dembski, Lori Drumm.

Jack was preceded in death by parents George H. Girton and Lillian Girton (Rue), brothers Richard D. Girton and Robert J. Girton, Sisters Beverly Haverkos and Roberta Cropper, nephew Rod Haverkos and niece Allison Haverkos.

Jack grew up on the near east side of Columbus and attended East High School where he met his future wife Jackie. He served his Country in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and later joined the Ohio National Guard where he worked as a crewman on many types of aircraft and helicopters. In civilian life, Jack was the Director of Aircraft Maintenance for the Aviation Division of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Among his many accomplishments, Jack was an FAA licensed Aviation Maintenance Inspector and a Commercial Pilot in both fixed wing and helicopters. He owned and restored several aircraft including a WW-2 vintage Piper L-4 and Champion Challenger. He was an extraordinary outdoorsman that not only excelled at hunting and fishing but he even built many of his own hunting implements such as muzzle loading rifles, beautiful sheath knives and archery gear. Jack was a knowledgeable and willing mentor who enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with anyone who had an interest.

If you ask anyone who really knew Jack to describe him in a word, that word would be kindness. He was the most kind and generous person that you could ever meet. He freely gave to others his time, skills, and possessions and refused any payment. His reward was the joy he received from helping others.

In keeping with Jack’s wishes there will be no funeral. After his cremation, his remains will be interred at Jack’s favorite spot on Jamie Girton’s woodlands in Georgia. A celebration of Jacks life will be announced at a later date.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family.

To share a fond memory of Jack or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I met Jack while working in the Sporting Goods at the Delaware Walmart. Jack was a regular , as in, he stopped by just about every day. He would make his rounds and visit with the associates. We talked about our families, politics, fishing, hunting etc. I enjoyed hearing his stories about his adventures in his younger days.
    One time he hadn’t been in for a week or so. A customer came in to buy a fishing/hunting license. As I was putting the information in the computer I noticed the name, Jamie. I asked if he was Jack’s son? Jack talked about him regularly. I asked Jamie if Jack was ok because he had not been in recently. Turns out he had had a heart attack! Shortly after Jack returned to his daily visits.
    He will be missed. He always gave good hugs 🙂
    My condolences to his family.

  • Uncle Jack is in many of my childhood memories. He was always ready to have fun, and to make us laugh. I also saw him frequently when I was taking classes at OSU and working at a local Bonanza. He and his friends would come in for lunch, and he always went out of his way to make me feel loved and important.
    Most of all, I appreciate the love and care Uncle Jack showed my mom (his twin). When her husband passed away and she was on her own for nearly a decade, he called her daily to check on her. Even when she remarried, he continued to call her frequently and to let her know that she was important to him.
    Uncle Jack was a very good man – and he will be greatly missed.

  • Uncle Jack was the kind of person who would greet you with a bear hug and tell such interesting stories about his life experiences. I remember seeing him when we were both serving in different units (but the same armory) of the National Guard and it was fun knowing we had that in common. He seemed to gravitate to people in a gathering who might be feeling socially awkward (myself included) and would make things much more fun. He was a very good brother to our mom (Jeri Lane), and checked in on her regularly. He will truly be missed.

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