Richard Wendell Jones

February 10, 1939 ‒ April 17, 2014

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard Wendell Jones, 75, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Thursday April 17, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, to be with his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 10, 1939 to Percy Day Jones and Eva Frances (Maronel) Jones in Niagara Falls, New York.

He graduated from Trott Vocational School in 1956 and joined the Air Force, serving three years at Andrews Air Force Base and one year on Iwo Jima. He graduated from Easter Nazarene University in 1966 and The Johns Hopkins University in 1973 with a PhD in Chemistry.

He and his family moved to Mount Vernon in 1972 where he was a chemistry professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene College for 25 years, retiring in 1998.

He was a member of Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene where he served on the church board, was church treasurer, and taught the college age Sunday school class.

He was an avid reader of Henri Nouwen and enjoyed philosophical conversations with his colleagues.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Pat of 45 years, his sons, Mark (RaJeanda) Jones of Newburgh, Indiana, David Jones, and daughter Alison (Jonathan) Morris of Castalia, Ohio, grandchildren Emma, Ethan, and Jack Jones, and Levi and Cole Morris, a sister Jean Crawford of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill.

In lieu of a funeral, a memorial service will be held on Saturday June 21, 2014 at 11:30AM at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 with Rev. Scott Sharpes officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10AM until time of the service at 11:30AM.

Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ohio or The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Scholarship Fund.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Richard Wendell Jones.

  • Dear Pat and family,
    We only found out about your loss last evening. I am so sorry not just for your loss but that we were not there for you in the days following. May God hold you close and give you grace and comfort, family and friends.
    Marilyn Ward

  • So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Much love to you, Pat, as you and your family honor his life this weekend!

  • I was so sad to hear about Dr. Jones passing. He was by far my favorite professor. It was he who inspired me to do my graduate school work in physical chemistry. Not only was he a great person, but a wonderful human being, and more importantly, my friend. I had the great privilege of speaking at his retirement on behalf of his students, as well as serving as his teaching assistant. What he taught me has greatly improved my life and that of many others. Not only did he make me a better chemist, but he made me a better person. I will forever cherish the memories and life lessons learned from him.