John Jones, Kalas mng., pro baseball player, vet

By on November 9, 2011

John F. Jones, 94, of Stevens, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in Ephrata Manor.

He was born in Philadelphia, a son of the late Alfred K. and Eugenia (Beekler) Jones. His beloved wife of 51 years, Helen (Baron) Jones, died Sept. 5, 2002.

A 1934 Hammonton High School, New Jersey, graduate, he attended Temple and Penn State universities. John played professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. He served with the Army in Panama from 1935 to 1937 and was a WWII Navy veteran. Retiring in 1991 as manager with Kalas Manufacturing, Denver, he also worked for Walker Bros., Conshohocken. An avid golfer, he loved boating and was a member of Norristown Lodge #190 F&AM; Cloister Post American Legion, Ephrata; Ephrata Amvets; and the Miser’s Stock Club.

Surviving are his cherished family, daughters: Deborah M, wife of Kenneth L. Eshleman, of Stevens; Cynthia J., wife of Stanley R. Staneski, Sandra H., wife of Tony C. Leed, and Melissa A. Jones, all of Denver; son: Timothy F. Jones, of Middletown, Del.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother: Richard S., husband of Gail Jones, of Edgewater, Fla.

He was predeceased by siblings: Edna Grisso, Marion Rehmann and William Jones.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. from Donecker Chapel of Ephrata Manor, Ephrata. Entombment with military honors took place in Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 800 Corporate Center #100, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9346.

The exceptional care provided by Ephrata Manor was greatly appreciated by John and his family.

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