Harry J. JONES

News Death Notice

JONES, Harry J. 86, of Middletown, Ohio passed away March 16, 2013 at home with his children by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Twyla Johnson of Albany, Indiana, a sister, Ruth Longerbone Brown, of Albany Indiana, and his parents, the Reverend Harry M. and Lula Jones, also from Albany. He is survived by his two children, Randal (Janice) Jones and Loretta (Keith) Wyman of Middletown, a sister, Donna (Robert) Crousore of Alexandria Indiana, six grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Harry was born in West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and graduated from Albany Indiana High School in 1944. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a tank driver in the European theater of World War II. Following his Army service, he managed PK Lumber yards starting in Indiana before moving to Germantown Lumber in 1954. He moved to the Middletown store in 1964 and retired from PK Lumber in 1981. He was a gifted craftsman and lumberman and built many homes in the Middletown area. He served on the Germantown School Board before moving to Middletown. He is master mason of the Jefferson Lodge #90 with a 60 year pin. His hobbies included oil painting and restoring vintage cars, with a wealth of knowledge about 1946 to 1948 Lincolns. Harry also had a true appreciation for music and enjoyed listening to American Standards. His most recent endeavor was to learn to play trombone, much to the dismay of his family. The Church of the Ascension welcomed him as a member and he was affectionately known as the "pizza man" because of donations to the food bank. He leaves a cherished friend Bill Deaton and will be missed by the staff at Frisch's on Germantown Road. Harry enjoyed the companionship of his beloved poodle Molly. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Reverend Elaine Caldbeck officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until service time Thursday at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 12:45. Burial will be at the Woodside Cemetery with military honors. A guestbook is available at www.breitenbachfuneralhome.com.

Published in Journal-News on Mar. 19, 2013