James Eugene “Jim” Jones

June 01, 1931 ‒ March 30, 2015

Galion, Ohio

James Eugene “Jim” Jones, 83 of Galion passed away Monday evening, March 30, 2015 at The Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus following injuries he received in a recent auto accident.

He was born June 1, 1931 in Minerva and was the son of Okey and Agnes (Bittner) Jones. Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Lee “Ginger” (Frey) Jones who he married on August 9, 1952.

He was a 1949 graduate of Galion High School and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Jim was a welder for 40 years and worked at Allsteel, Peabody Galion and McClain Industries. Jim also owned and operated Jim’s Trenching in Galion and worked part-time after retirement at Dinkmar of rural Galion.

He enjoyed fishing, watching grandchildren’s sports, sitting on the back porch and watching birds, nature and animals. Jim was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan, loved going places with his best friend Charlie Burris who passed a few years ago and going for early morning coffee with the guys at Burger King.

He is survived by his children, Kristi Keesee of Galion, Tami Stepp of Toledo and Lynne (Bill) Keesey of Galion; his grandchildren, Kendra Keesee, Kent (Lyndsey) Keesee, Clay (Devin Call) Keesey, Taylor (Kyle) Kelso and Issac Stepp and his faithful companion, Shotzie their German Shepherd.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth R. Keesee; his sisters, Mae Bowshier and Donna Humbert and his grandparents and uncle who raised him, Emmerson and Minnie Bittner and Eugene Bittner.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Home, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 at Grace Point/Galion Free Methodist Church, 683 Portland Way North, Galion, with Rev. Paul Walter officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Home in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jim Jones and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Dear Ginger, Tami, Chis, and Lynn,
    I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. You were another family to me in many ways and I will never forget riding to your place and seeing Jimmy’s smile.
    Sometimes we don’t know the impact we have on others. Ginger, I can hear your voice, see your face and feel your strength. Watching you and my mother have coffee every day shaped my life in unimaginable ways. You may have shooed me away but I still listened and learned how to be strong, smart and independent from watching you.
    I just want you to know that I still love all of you and my heart is broken for you. I know many people love you and I hope you will find strength in them. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    – Sherry Siclair

  • Bill, Lynne, Clay, Taylor, Ginger, & the Jones family, our hearts are so heavy for you at this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love and hugs.

  • Lynne, Bill, Clay, and Taylor,
    We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

  • To all of the families of Jimmy,
    Max and I send our love and sympathy to all of you in the loss of your loved one.
    Jim was a well liked guy and will be missed by all who knew him.
    We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers and will look forward to seeing you when return to OHIO.
    Hugs to all of you..
    Ruby and Max

  • Ginger and family,
    I was saddened to hear of your loss and wish I was closer to stand by your side as you did for me when I lost Bob. I think of you so often and would love to see you.
    I will keep you in my prayers and hope that God will give you the strength to
    help you through this. I still love you and hope some day we can get together for a while.
    Lydia Snyder

  • Chris and family, so sorry to read about the death of your Father. Know that we are thinking of all of you.

  • Ginger, Kris and family,

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and hugs are with you as you grieve a life well lived.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, Lynne. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.

  • Cheri and I are saddened to hear of Jimmie’s passing. Our condolences go out to his wonderful family. May God comfort you at this time of great loss.
    Rex and Cheri Cramer

  • Ginger and family,
    Anna and I were deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I have fond memories of growing up on Winchester Road and the privilege of having such great neighbors. I particularly remember how we all grew the big garden behind your barn.

    I know my father has lost a great friend.

    May God give you and your family strength and courage during this difficult time. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Chris & Anna Leatherow

  • Lynne, Bill, Clay, Taylor & all of Jim’s family,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss.
    I will remember his laugh, wit and orneriness.
    All the great times our families had growing up together.


  • Russ and I are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We feel honored and privileged to have known Jim and to have called him friend. Our love and prayers go out to the family. May you find comfort in knowing he will always be with you and will watch over you from his new place of peace.

    With love and sympathy,
    Russ and Laura Ghent

  • Ginger and Family
    I am so saddened to hear about Jim’s passing. Most of my childhood memories include Ginger and Jim and Sally and Chuck. My mom and Dad (Shirley and Louie Katona) were so fond of Jim. I always considered their lifetime friendship pretty amazing! I remember the laughs and all the good times. As their friendship continued thru the years I would hear stories and always ask how everyone was doing! I was so fortunate to have my childhood include these wonderful people and especially Jims sense of humor!
    He will always live in my heart. Our deepest sympathies to Ginger and his family! Many prayers to all of you. may you find the strength you need at this very difficult time…with love and fondness always Debbie (Katona) Boesel

  • Dear Jones Family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. No matter what happened throughout our lives, I have very special memories of my childhood with Lynne, that I will always hold close to my heart. Peace be with all of you.

    Much Love,


  • Ginger, Bill, Lynne, Clay, Taylor, Kristi, Kendra, Kent, Tami and Issac,
    We were so sorry to hear about Jim passing. We would of attended calling hours; however, we were out of state. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dear Jones Family,
    I was so saddened when only recently learning of Jim’s death.
    He was such a fine individual . My family saw him nurture Kent who also grew to be a fine person.
    We need more role models like Jim. I know your loss is profound.
    Peggy Cagle