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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