Funeral services to celebrate the life of Daniel Jackson "Jack" Kees, 82, Newcomerstown, were June 9, 2009, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Rev. Gene Miller conducted the services. Burial followed in the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard performed military graveside services. He died suddenly late Thursday afternoon, June 4, in the emergency room of Mercy Medical Center, Canton.

Jack was born in Tuscarawas County on March 11, 1927, a son of the late Daniel Clyde and Anna Bond Kees.

He was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, class of 1945, and attended Ohio University. Following graduation he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served in the Atlantic Theatre at the conclusion of World War II. He then enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the Philippines and the Pacific Theatre with the 4th Air Depot Base Headquarters and occupation troops at the conclusion of the war. Jack was a self-employed regional commercial and residential contractor for over 40 years. He was a member of the Hartwood Church, Washington Township, for many years, serving as a superintendent, trustee and Sunday School teacher. He was also a former member of the Buckhorn Grange, Salem Township. In the past few years, Jack has been associated with the Stop Nine Church of Christ, Byesville. Jack enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, reading, walking, studying genealogy, canoeing and telling stories of his years growing up in the Newcomerstown area.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Ruth Norman Kees of Newcomerstown, who passed away Aug. 14, 2003, and whom he married Jan. 9, 1949. Also deceased are a brother, Clyde Kees Jr. of Newcomerstown; and a sister-in-law, Donna (Mrs. Vernon) Kees of Newcomerstown.

Jack is survived by two sons, D. Craig (Lee) Kees of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and David B. and Kimberly Kees of Bowling Green, Ky.; two daughters, Victoria A. "Vicki" (James B.) Toohey of Massillon and Elizabeth K. "Beth" (Craig M.) Buchholz of Hilliard; seven grandchildren, Dana and Brent Kees, Meagan and Caitlin Toohey, Jeremy Kees, and Grace and Claire Buchholz; a great-grandson, Jace Kees; a great-granddaughter, Hallie Kees; three brothers, Vernon Kees of Newcomerstown, Delano (Connie) Kees of Port Washington and L. Dean Kees of New Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made in Jack's name to the Newcomerstown Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.