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Richard Lewis Jones

Genoa, Ohio

May 28, 1937 - May 13, 2024

Richard Lewis Jones Obituary

Richard Lewis Jones, 86, formerly of Williston, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, Ohio, on Monday, May 13, 2024. The son of Walter S. and Helen J. (Woodburn) Jones, he was born in Oberlin, Ohio on May 28, 1937. Richard met the love of his life, Rosemary F. (Feyes) and they were married in Genoa, Ohio on April 27, 1968. They shared many happy years together until her death on March 18, 2023.


Richard was a lifelong educator, earning his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1960 and his Master’s Degree from Ball State University in 1966. Richard was an elementary physical education teacher and that was surely his lifetime passion. He taught for the Oregon City Schools for 30 years, spending most of his years at Coy and Jerusalem Elementary Schools. He also coached football for several years. He started the high school cross country program at Clay High School and served as the program’s first head coach. After his retirement from Oregon City Schools, he continued to teach physical education at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Port Clinton, St. Boniface Catholic School in Oak Harbor, and at Eagle Learning Center in Oregon. In all, his teaching career spanned 50 plus years having retired from teaching four different times. Richard was always looking for new ways to bring physical education to children and was a pioneer in the area for Adaptive Physical Education. Along with Bill Pasztor, they were the experts in the area in Adaptive Physical Education. Richard also wrote a book on Recess Supervision.


Richard and Rosemary were active members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Bono and were always willing to help their church family. Even with all of his interests and accomplishments, his most cherished one was the lifelong love he shared with his wife, children and grandchildren. Richard never missed one of  his sons’ numerous sporting events or a Boy Scout function. After his sons had families of their own, he was always there to be grandpa to his grandchildren.


Richard served as a member of the Ohio Navel Militia, Ships Company 1, a reserve component of the Ohio Adjutant General’s Office, at Camp Perry. He entered the volunteer service in 1981 as Chief Petty Officer and honorably discharged in 1991 as a Lieutenant.


Richard is survived by his two sons, Patrick L. Jones and his wife Kimberli, and David A. Jones, and his loving grandchildren, Skylar, Lucas, Dillian, Isabella and Gabriella. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosemary, and sister, Shirley Bradford.


Those who knew Richard came to know his many quotes such as “If a hawk wore gloves, he could milk a cow.” Now that he has been reunited with Rosemary, his family his sure that he is “as happy as a hog in a corn crib.” Rich is likely teaching physical education class in heaven and is telling his students “When I say on your mark, get set, git, I want you to run likes Dewey’s hound.”


Visitation for Richard will be held from 3:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa, Ohio. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 1105 Elliston Road, Martin, Ohio 43445, with visitation at the church from 10:00 until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Lewis Jones hosted by Walker Funeral Homes OH.

Richard Lewis Jones, 86, formerly of Williston, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, Ohio, on Monday, May 13, 2024. The son of Walter S. and Helen J. (Woodburn) Jones, he was born in Oberlin, Ohio on May 28, 1937. Richard met the love of his life, Rosemary F. (Feyes) and they were married in Genoa, Ohio on April 27, 1968. They shared many happy years together until her death on March 18, 2023.


Richard was a lifelong educator, earning his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1960 and his Master’s Degree from Ball State University in 1966. Richard was an elementary physical education teacher and that was surely his lifetime passion. He taught for the Oregon City Schools for 30 years, spending most of his years at Coy and Jerusalem Elementary Schools. He also coached football for several years. He started the high school cross country program at Clay High School and served as the program’s first head coach. After his retirement from Oregon City Schools, he continued to teach physical education at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Port Clinton, St. Boniface Catholic School in Oak Harbor, and at Eagle Learning Center in Oregon. In all, his teaching career spanned 50 plus years having retired from teaching four different times. Richard was always looking for new ways to bring physical education to children and was a pioneer in the area for Adaptive Physical Education. Along with Bill Pasztor, they were the experts in the area in Adaptive Physical Education. Richard also wrote a book on Recess Supervision.


Richard and Rosemary were active members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Bono and were always willing to help their church family. Even with all of his interests and accomplishments, his most cherished one was the lifelong love he shared with his wife, children and grandchildren. Richard never missed one of  his sons’ numerous sporting events or a Boy Scout function. After his sons had families of their own, he was always there to be grandpa to his grandchildren.


Richard served as a member of the Ohio Navel Militia, Ships Company 1, a reserve component of the Ohio Adjutant General’s Office, at Camp Perry. He entered the volunteer service in 1981 as Chief Petty Officer and honorably discharged in 1991 as a Lieutenant.


Richard is survived by his two sons, Patrick L. Jones and his wife Kimberli, and David A. Jones, and his loving grandchildren, Skylar, Lucas, Dillian, Isabella and Gabriella. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosemary, and sister, Shirley Bradford.


Those who knew Richard came to know his many quotes such as “If a hawk wore gloves, he could milk a cow.” Now that he has been reunited with Rosemary, his family his sure that he is “as happy as a hog in a corn crib.” Rich is likely teaching physical education class in heaven and is telling his students “When I say on your mark, get set, git, I want you to run likes Dewey’s hound.”


Visitation for Richard will be held from 3:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa, Ohio. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 1105 Elliston Road, Martin, Ohio 43445, with visitation at the church from 10:00 until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Lewis Jones hosted by Walker Funeral Homes OH.

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