Kenneth R. Jones, 89, of Exton, PA, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019, at Chester County Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Shenandoah PA, he was the son of the late Benjamin P. and Ruth Anderson Jones. He was the beloved husband of Betty Lou Latsha Jones, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage.
Following his graduation from Mercersburg Academy in 1948, he attended the University of Cincinnati before proudly serving his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Essex. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio after 4 years of military service and went on to work in the insurance industry for 33 years for both the Penn National Insurance Company and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company. During this time, he achieved both his CPCU and CIC designations.
In his younger days, Ken was an active member of the Knights of Pythian and the Masonic Lodge. He was a lifelong reader and especially enjoyed nonfiction WWII and Western novels. His love of books inspired him to help establish a public library in his hometown of Shenandoah, PA. He was an avid sports fan and had a particular passion for Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State football. He loved to travel and visited every continent except Africa and Antarctica, but he especially enjoyed the mountains of Western Wyoming and visited there many times. Most of all, he took pleasure in the company of friends and family and will be fondly remembered for his kindness, generosity and his enduring sense of humor. As he was a lifelong prankster, many have been on the receiving end of his practical jokes.
He was a member of Grove United Methodist Church, West Chester.
In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by his daughters, Beverly L. Hoehing and her husband Jeffrey, and Gwen R. Truhan and her husband Jeffrey. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Aly Truhan, Emily Truhan, Graham Hoehing, Will Hoehing and Kenny Truhan.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00pm, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Grove United Methodist Church, 490 Boot Road, West Chester. Family and friends will be received from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be private with the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19103.