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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