John Myron Jones, 61, went to be with the Lord following an accident on the family farm Saturday, March 20, 2010.
He was born Oct. 20, 1948, in Coshocton, raised in Newcomerstown and remained a life-long resident of Tuscarawas County. He dedicated most of his life to serving the community in various ways as a local business owner, emergency technician and volunteer.
John spent his early years working on the farm just outside of Newcomerstown. In school, John was a popular, outgoing and intelligent student, an accomplished athlete, Farm Science Review participant and local 4-H member. In addition, he served as president of Newcomerstown High School Class of 1967, After graduation, he attended The Ohio State University where he completed a degree in Agricultural Economics and Agronomy and was a member of The Ohio State Freshman Senate. John also served in the Ohio National Guard becoming the Commander of the 214th Light Maintenance Company in Coshocton and Newark. Upon commencement, John returned to Newcomerstown and pursued new business opportunities such as starting his own farming business and founding the Newcomerstown Tree Service. He also worked as an EMT for a local ambulance service, then later in life moving onto an agronomy specialist position. For the past 15 years, John held various key positions at Ciba-Geigy/Norvartis/Syngenta Seeds Inc. Most recently, he worked as CCA representative and was awarded the National Top sales position in the U.S. for Syngenta Seeds, Inc. He was instrumental in designing an innovative TruBulk seed efficiency system which is currently used in the farming industry across the country. John was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Newcomerstown.
During his lifetime, John developed a large network of friends and acquaintances around the world, with his gregarious nature, he never met a stranger. He greeted everyone with a smile and a good word. Since childhood, John believed in the value of hard work and accepted challenges with enthusiasm. Even with his practical approach to life, John could speak intelligently about any topic and was an avid reader; he was always creative and inventive to solve problems and engineering new ideas. He was passionate about farming and the land, but even more, his duty as a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle. John lived life by his own rules, was never pretentious, and accepted people as they were. He will be dearly missed.
John leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Carolyn (Ramsey-Putnam) Jones who he married July 1, 1990; his parents, Paul and Louise (Bush) Jones of Newcomerstown; daughter, Kristen Ann of Columbus; sons, Jonathan Paul Rogers and wife, Leigh, of Cincinnati and Ryan Lee Jones of Newcomerstown; two step-sons, Jonathon (Roxann) Putnam of West Lafayette and Derek (Julie) Putnam of Missouri; brother, Steve (Sherry) Jones of Newcomerstown; nephews, Nathan and Joshawa; niece, Rebekah; sister, Tricia and life partner, Jeff Hawkins; nephews, Jason and Justin; and grandchildren, Lilliana, Cameron, Ashton, Keegan, Chereka, Dillon, Dalton and Dustin.
Services were March 25, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Newcomerstown with Pastors Tom Barber and Don Silverthorne officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131; or the Coshocton County 4-H Clubs, c/o OSU Extension, 724 7th St., Coshocton, OH 43812.
Online memorials may be made at www.addyfuneralhome.com.