Ronald “Ron” L. Jones, 73, of Enola, PA passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 26, 2023, after a 2-month battle with cancer. Ron was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on May 24, 1950, and graduated from El Dorado High School, Class of 1970. As a fanatic fan, he never missed an Arkansas Razorback football game. Ron served in the Army and identified as a proud Vietnam Veteran. While in the Army, Ron received many distinguished awards, including a Certificate of Achievement from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. After serving in the Army, Ron was a member of a local ballet company in Hawaii, then continued his ballet career with the Washington D.C. ballet company.
Ron was a very active member of his community and was quick to make connections with anyone he came across. He was a member of the American Legion Post #751 and a member of the American Legion Motorcycle Riders. On Ron’s Mother’s side of the family he was 1/8th Cherokee Indian and that is why he collected Dream Catchers.
Later in life, Ron became very involved with the West Shore YMCA. With a history of amateur boxing, Ron sought out the Rock Steady Boxing program where he enjoyed volunteering twice a week to provide interventions to individuals with Parkinson’s. Ron was awarded “Adult volunteer of the year” in 2019.
When not volunteering and working out at the Y, Ron enjoyed golfing and riding his Harley with his wife, Joyce. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and feeding/watching the birds that would frequent his back deck. In addition to serving his community, Ron was well known as an avid reader. Ron was hardly found without a book in his hands and enjoyed the value of lifelong learning. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.“
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; 2 stepchildren (Kristen Stevens and Todd Van Wagner); 6 grandchildren; 5 nieces, 2 nephews. In lieu of flowers, please kindly make donations to The American Cancer Society, Vietnam Veterans of America, or a charity of your choosing.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jones family.