Jon M. Cleary

May 20, 1938 ‒ September 07, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

2 Corinthians 9:6 ~”The Lord loves the generous and cheerful givers.” Everyone who knew him knew that Jon Michael Cleary was indeed a cheerful giver. He received great joy from helping people. Jon, age 80, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away quietly with his son by his side on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Centerburg Respiratory & Specialty Rehabilitation Center. Jon was born on May 20, 1938 in Washington, DC, to the late Edward and Margaret (Hunt) Cleary Sr.

Jon attended Howard High School in Washington DC. At the age of 17, Jon dropped out of high school and entered the Army. Jon modeled for his family the importance of education when he returned to high school. His three children watched him complete his degree and graduate high school in 1974 at age 36, an accomplishment for which he was very proud. Jon met Florence Senseman, the love of his life while they served together in the Army. He was honored and served his country proudly for 21 years. This love and duty to country and community they shared and passed on to their children and grandchildren.

Jon valued his membership and faith family of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a trustee. He was a life member of VFW Post 4027, American Legion Post 136, American Vets of Mount Vernon, and AMVETS Post 95. Jon retired with 22 years of service as a dispatcher for Knox County Sheriff’s Department; he was a member of the Buckeye Sheriffs Association. Jon loved movies and was an avid collector. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and making memories with his grandchildren. Jon’s life was a full as a public servant it brought him great joy to work for others. We cannot speak of Jon’s life without discussion of his personal struggle the past 7 years with behavior variant frontotemporal dementia. While for the most part he died with his memory intact his behavior and life values were not. If you see someone you love behaving in ways that are not true to their nature ask questions and seek neurological advice.

He is survived by his children, Margaret (David) Foster, Edward (Lisa) Cleary III, Deborah (Chris) Woody; 4 grandchildren, Danika (David) Danker, Jonathan Foster, Alexis Woody, Daniel Woody; awaiting his great granddaughter, Baby Danker, a brother, Edward (Dottie) Cleary Jr.; a sister-in-law Judy (Everett) Stopher; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Jon was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Cleary; grandson Nicholas Woody; a brother, William Cleary; a sister, Mary died at birth.

Friends may call from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home; 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A service giving glory to God and celebrating the life of Jon will be Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10 AM at the First Baptist Church 303 South Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 with Pastor Bill Barton officiating. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions maybe made to the First Baptist Church, 303 South Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the following for their care of Jon; Chalmers P Wylie Veterans Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio; the supportive staff of Highland Oaks Health Center, McConnelsville, Ohio; doctors and nurses of Ohio State University Hospital ICU; nursing staff of Knox Community Hospital and Centerburg Respiratory Center. They are deeply grateful to Hospice of Knox County for walking this road with them.

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  • Dearest Meg, Deb, Ed, grandchildren and family,
    Though I cannot be with you, my heart, thoughts and prayers are definitely with you all. Poppy Jon will be much missed but I’m sure he’s with his dear Florence and they are as happy as the day they met. Take comfort in the cherished memories you have.
    May God cover you with his grace and peace.
    Love and Prayers,
    Gramma Sherian

  • We didn’t know Jon personally, but did get to know a few of his children who stayed with us while faithlully visiting their father during his brief stay in McConnelsville, Ohio. The joy of knowing this family even only briefly, as it has been, is truly ours!

    Or prayers are with the family and friends!

    Duane and Anna Mae @ The Farmhouse on South Fifth

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this challenging time. Jon was a kind man who would give anything to help people and share memories with them. We know he is at peace and reunited with Florence.
    God bless you.
    The Roosmas

  • Your family has had quite a journey, and it must help you to know that Jon is at peace and once again with his beloved Florence. We knew Jon through working with Florence at Cooper’s, and always enjoyed meeting them when they were out and about, and we would stop for a chat. We are sending the entire family our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. It has been a long hard road for Jon, thank God he had such good children and grandchildren to walk with him on this side. He walks everlasting with Jesus in God’s heavenly splendor.

  • Margaret, Ed, Deb, and families:
    Thinking of you as you celebrate your Dad’s life. May all the good memories surround and comfort you in these days and the days ahead. His service to family, country, church, and others is commendable.
    He now is at peace, walking hand in hand across Heaven with his loving Florence.

    Blessings as you go forward.

    In Friendship,

  • To Jon’s family, I remember Jon coming to work on a Friday night with a large bag of pop corn and 2 liter bottle of coke. He spent the evening at the old Knox Auto Theater with his family. I worked with Jon until I went to the police department. I wquld still stop in on midnight shift and visit with him on snowy nights when it was quiet.

    Rest in Peace.

  • Dear Cleary Family,
    We were saddened to hear of your loss, and especially saddened to know that his final years were a struggle. Jon and Florence were such a special part of our good memories of our time at First Baptist, and I know they were so proud of all of you. With love, Brad and Dina Snow

  • Meg,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. Father’s are such very special people in the life of a daughter. God Bless your family in this time of grief and remembrance.

  • Meg,

    My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Madeline Snyder

  • To the family of Jon Cleary:

    I know Jon from when he worked with my mother Janice Knox at the Knox County Sheriffs Department.

    I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

    Thank you Jon for your sacrifice/service to our country. God Bless!

  • Meg and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! I pray for comfort and peace for everyone at this time.

    With Sympathy,
    Amber Brillhart