Walter “Wally” Jones

August 11, 1945 ‒ July 05, 2012

Marion, Ohio

Walter “Wally” Jones died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Marion General Hospital. The eldest of seven sons, Wally was born, on August 11, 1945, to the late Walter E. and Mary Alice (Honaker) Jones.

Walter graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1965 and then served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS America during the Vietnam War. He was a painting contractor for many years and was the owner-operator of Wally’s Market until it closed in 2009.

Walter is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sherry Jean (Markey), daughter and son-in-law Dawn and James Kneessi, and grandchildren Rachel and Charles of Worthington. He is also survived by five brothers: John (Diane), Paul, Donald (Rosalind), and Raymond (Sue) all of Marion, and Kenneth (Leslie) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; his brother David died at the age of 5 in 1952.

As per Walter’s wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral service. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Gunder Hall & Folk Funeral Directors are handling arrangements. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The First Church of God, 921 Woodrow Ave., Marion, OH 43302. On-line condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • My family has fond memories of Wally and the store. Amanda and Dylan always loved going over to get a treat. Wally was a special (and ornery) man! I will always remember his smile and his fun-loving personality. Hugs to Sherry and the rest of the family.

  • The Cornell family has fond memories of Wally’s Market. Tim and Brittany always loved going into the store to buy their favorite candy. Brittany would always order 100 tootsie rolls just to watch Wally count it out. The Cornell family will always remember Wally’s ornery personality and the patience he had with our family. Sherry, you and Wally were great neighbors. We give you our condolences, and you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Cornell Family

  • To the family of Wally Jones,
    God bless you and keep you
    My heartfelt condolences and sympathy to you as you go through this difficult time. Wally was truly a “character” who was filled with warmth, humor, and wit. His commitment to our community through his donations and the store was heartfelt and loving. I will miss him but take comfort in the knowledge that he is resting in the arms of our Lord and savior.

  • Wally and the Jones boys picked strawberries for my Dad many years ago, when they were kids. I always considered Wally as a friend. He had many friends. He will always be remembered. May his memory, bring comfort to his wife, and family.

  • Wally,
    We did everything together. Worked, played and sometimes you led me astray. I will never pick a berry, shoot a gun or fish a lake that I won’t think of you. Through good times and bad, we were, we are and always will be great friends. Thank you for making life more interesting.


  • Sherry I was so shocked to read that Wally has pasted in the paper. So sorry. He was a very likable and funny guy. If you need anything please feel free to ask. God bless you and your family. Tim and Deb James

  • We are very sorry for your family’s loss. Wally will be greatly missed and always remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.