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Jonas Hart


Jonas LaVaughn Hart, 86, of Tekonsha, Mich., passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

    Jonas was born January 26, 1926 in Bronson, MI to Felt E. and Grace (Hodge) Hart.

    Mr. Hart loved to farm and spent many years operating his own family farm. He had worked at Douglas Manufacturing in Bronson, Turner Craft Marine at Marble Lake, then spent 30 years with Bohn Aluminum in Butler, Indiana, retiring in 1985. He went back to work at Starr Industries in Camden, retiring for the second time in 2002.  Jonas was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Coldwater.  He enjoyed fishing, flower gardening and loved music and dancing. He enjoyed time with his beloved pets, Molly and Sandy Sue.

    He married Verna DeForest on February 13, 1943. She preceded him in death on November 19, 2010.

    Jonas is survived by his sons Arthur (Berniece) Hart of Tekonsha, MI, Guy (Barbara) Hart of New Carlisle, IN, Lonnie (Linda) Hart of Delton, his daughters Bonnie (James) Maggart of Fremont, IN, Terry (Mike) Repp of Montpelier, OH, his sister-in-law Grace Hart of Coldwater, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

    In addition to his first wife, he was also preceded in death by his longtime friend and companion Frances Rogers, his former wife Wilma, his brothers Kenneth, Harvey and Harold, his sister Elsie, his granddaughter Amy Hart, and great-grandson Brenden Wiyrick.

    Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater, MI.

    The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Coldwater with Pastor Curt Adams officiating.

    Interment will follow at Sherwood Cemetery in Sherwood Township. 

    Memorial donations may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

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