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Jon Larry Oswald, 82, Jupiter, Florida, passed away at home Thursday, June 8.
Jon was born in Goshen, Indiana, Dec. 2, 1934.
At 16, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Iceland, Greenland, Germany and the North Pole (Fletcher's Ice Island also known as T3 Island), where he served eight years as a radio operator. He became a staff sergeant in Rockford, Illinois, serving as the Air Force's youngest recruiting officer.
In 1962, he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in real estate. He moved to Florida in 1968 and became a developer, starting and operating his own company, Urban Land & Development, until his retirement in 1998.
Jon enjoyed traveling, reading, computers and electronics. He funded a chair for geriatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the name of his grandfather, Willard L. Stephenson. Jon was a very generous philanthropist, contributing to La Amistad Foundation, the Indiantown Library, Jupiter Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and University of Wisconsin, to name a few.
He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Susan Oswald, Tracy Bem and Kelly Oswald; his sister, Diane Cripe, and her husband, John Cripe; nephew, Ronald Cripe; grandchildren, Nicholle Bem and Codi Bem; nieces, Stephanie Shelby, Kathryn Wright, Lorraine Michaels and Jeanine Oswald.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanne Stephenson Reed, John William Oswald Jr.; stepfather, Forest Emerson Reed, PhD; brother, James Randolph Oswald; son, Douglas Jon Oswald; and nephews, Richard Scott Cripe and Jamie Oswald.
A private graveside service will take place at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Goshen Public Library or Oaklawn Foundation.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 16, 2017
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