Jean Rogers “JR” DeJarnett, age 91, of Venice, formerly of Port Clinton, Ohio, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
JR, the son of Frank Fithian and Leetis (Slade) DeJarnett, was born in 1920 in Cynthiana, Ky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in metallurgical engineering and was employed with Brush Beryllium, now Materion Corp. He was a former member of the American Society of Metals and a registered professional engineer.
JR married his loving wife, Geraldine Thockmorton, Oct. 29, 1966, and after retiring they moved to Venice in 1988.
JR loved to sail and was a past commodore of the Associated Yacht Clubs of Toledo, Ohio, and a past member of the Port Clinton Yacht Club and the Venice Sailing Club. He taught navigation classes and was a lifetime member of the Power Squadron. He was a member of the Jacaranda West Golf Club and the Jacaranda Men’s Club.
He is survived by loving wife, Geraldine; two daughters, Patricia Sue (Thomas) Carden of Acworth, Ga., and Cathy Jean (Nicholas) Gibbons of Bartow, Fla.; a son, Roy Michael DeJarnette of Rockville, Md.; three grandchildren, Scott (Rebecca) Borders of Winter Haven, Fla., Tristan Matthew (Jaime) Gibbons of Lakeland, Fla., and Anthony (Kendra) Ondrus of Kennesaw, Ga.; a great-granddaughter, Kimberly Paige Borders; and a nephew, Jeffery Royce DeJarnett of Covington, Ky. JR was preceded in death by his brother, Donald R. DeJarnett.
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Farley Funeral Home, Venice. Burial will be at a later date in South Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow County, Ohio. To send condolences, visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com. Farley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Venice Power & Sailing Squadron, District 22, c/o Tim McGarr, P.O. Box 174, Venice FL 34284; or to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.