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Keith Jones
  • January 07, 1951
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  • November 17, 2020

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Keith G. Jones, 69, passed away November 17, 2020 in Ormond Beach, FL. He was born January 7, 1951 in Easton, PA, to Anita (Rapp) and James G. Jones. He lived his childhood in Easton and graduated from Easton Area High in 1968 where he played varsity tennis for three years. Four years later he graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. While at Kutztown, he was captain of the tennis team and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award his Junior and Senior years.

Following his graduation from Kutztown, Keith moved to Peru, Vermont with his wife-to-be, Marilyn Irving. While in Vermont, he completed his Master’s degree at Castleton University and taught school in Danby, Vermont for a few years. During the summers, Keith was the tennis pro at the Dorset Field Club, Dorset, VT, and the Village Inn in Landgrove, VT. In 1978, Keith and Marilyn Irving were married, and they enjoyed the beauty of the Vermont seasons by biking, trout fishing, and skiing, while both working as teachers.

In 1980 Keith was offered a unique opportunity and changed careers to resort management. The hospitality field would be his life’s work for the next 35 years. His numerous management positions would take him and his family to select locations including Kentucky, Sea Isle City, NJ, Key West, St. Augustine, and Ormond Beach, FL.

Keith loved the outdoors and had a passion for cycling, kayaking, fishing, and playing sports. He coached little league baseball for many years, and he considered one of his greatest accomplishments his starting and serving as commissioner of an AYSO soccer league on Big Pine Key. He was proud that many boys and girls started their soccer play in the youth program and went on to play in high school and college.

Besides playing competitive tennis for 50+ years, he was also an accomplished golfer. While living in the Florida Keys, he won the Key West Golf Club championship in 2005. Later in life while living in the Ormond Beach area, he enjoyed playing in the GVTL, the Greater Volusia Tennis League, for many years.

One of Keith’s greatest joys was traveling. Traveling extensively through Central America and the Caribbean, he especially loved Costa Rica and owned 11 acres in the Osa Peninsula and dreamed of retiring there. Within the last few years, Keith enjoyed extended bike trips through Italy and Spain.

Keith leaves behind a son, Matthew Jones of Austin, TX, Matthew’s wife, Erin, and grandchildren, Blake and Andi Lee. Also surviving him are two sisters, Kathy Corbett of Chestnut Hill, PA and Keely Yetter of Jefferson Township, PA. He was predeceased by a brother, Kent Jones, and a son, Stephen Jones, who died tragically in a diving accident in the Florida Keys at the age of 16.

Keith loved life and had many friends all over the country. He spent his last few years with his loving partner, Bonnie Strutton, with whom he shared many wonderful adventures together. Bonnie lovingly cared for him through his short but courageous battle with ALS.

In lieu of a memorial service due to Covid-19, please do a random act of kindness, lend a helping hand, or encourage someone. Do this in memory of Keith, as he was that type of person who did these things all the time.


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  1. 24 Nov 2020
    Bonnie lit a candle:
    Lit since November 24, 2020 at 11:01:15 AM

  2. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Portugal held magical times for us ❤️❤️
    Portugal held magical times for us ❤️❤️

  3. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Rest well and feel no pain my beautiful man. Will be together and celebrate again all the beauty and Love of heaven.
    Rest well and feel no pain my beautiful man. Will be together and celebrate again all the beauty and Love of heaven.

  4. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Kayaking at Alexander Springs. He loved to fish and kayak
    Kayaking at Alexander Springs. He loved to fish and kayak

  5. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Love and lunch in Greece
    Love and lunch in Greece

  6. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Chillin in Dominica Costa Rica
    Chillin in Dominica Costa Rica

  7. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Relaxing on TransAtlantic Cruise.
    Relaxing on TransAtlantic Cruise.

  8. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie posted an image:
    Biking at Ponce Inlet last fall
    Biking at Ponce Inlet last fall

  9. 23 Nov 2020
    Bonnie says:
    The several years we were together felt like a lifetime. We both wished that we had met 10 years earlier and had at least 10 years more ahead of us . We were still planning European bike tours and adventures and he was still figuring ways to reduce his golf handicap playing with his friends " The Quitters" when he was diagnosed with ALS. He loved life, the outdoors, cherished his friends and was quick witted with such a compassion and consideration for all. Kids loved him!!

    Even though he is with our Lord, we still have such a special lasting love for each other. He would look at me and smile and say " You are the love of my life". In April we had a quiet small ceremony and exchanged vows and lifetime promises and exchanged wedding rings. We became husband and wife, partners and best friends forever. Keith was still active and the ALS had not crippled him and we had hopes that this disease would at least give us 3 more years to celebrate our lives together. Together we both found the happiness that had been missing in our lives. Every day was fun, every day was eventful, every day we grew closer and closer.

    Keith grew to know the Lord over the last months of his illness and accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour. He passed peacefully into the hands of God with Matt, his son and I at his side at home. So many of our friends and family have been praying faithfully for him over the years and I want to thank you so very much. God hears the prayers of the righteous. There has been such an outpouring of support and love from so many please know how important that has been to me and his family, Matt, Erin, Blake and Andi. Thank you.

  10. 22 Nov 2020
    Sandra Mosley says:
    My heart is heavy yet I feel so very Blessed to have known Keith for the last 2 years...He was vibrant, full of laughter, adventure and always waiting to capture a moment to surprise you...During the last few months I could pop next door visit him ...kid with him...and we had a Joy of simply bantering about Life. He made me laugh and although laughter became difficult for him during the last few weeks...if he had a smile he certainly shared that Smile with me. I found a love for my neighbor that was different....we made each other laugh and picking on each other...I will always cherish the friendship albeit briefer than any of us would have liked; I know he suffers no more....I say Amen and I'm sure Jesus handed him a new Kayak, Golf Clubs, and Oh Wow...What a Bicycle he must be riding on those streets of Gold. Forever in our Hearts. Rest in his Hands. See you on the Upper Side...Sam & Dave Mosley

  11. 18 Nov 2020
    Patricia J Murray posted an image:
    Photo:  Keith’s birthday 2018.   Rest In Peace.  To the man I will hold in my heart with appreciation and love, as well as sadness at his passing.  Keith taught me to love nature and kayaking.  He traveled with me to more than eight countries and gave me many wonderful and treasured memories.  Keith, may Steven light your way and may you find true peace.  To his family as well as Bonnie, my most sincere of condolences.  Love, Pat
    Photo: Keith’s birthday 2018. Rest In Peace. To the man I will hold in my heart with appreciation and love, as well as sadness at his passing. Keith taught me to love nature and kayaking. He traveled with me to more than eight countries and gave me many wonderful and treasured memories. Keith, may Steven light your way and may you find true peace. To his family as well as Bonnie, my most sincere of condolences. Love, Pat

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