Jon T. Harmon, 51, of New Philadelphia, went home to his heavenly father on Thursday, November 4, 2021, in Cleveland Clinic at Cleveland, from complications of COVID.
After numerous trips to the ER and three negative COVID tests, he knew “something was wrong”. He was not against the vaccine, but was leery of its unknowns and it was only after his fourth test, that proved to be positive and ultimately cost him his life.
He was a graduate of Dover High School and Buckeye JVS. It is here where he found his true calling, carpentry. He always said, “if it was good enough of a trade for Jesus, it was surely good enough for him.” He was self-employed for the majority of his adult life having designed and built many homes, garages and additions in the area. He always said, “the worst parts of being self-employed were chasing people to pay him and someone always wanting some part of the job for free.” So, he decided to change paths and went to work for TyMac of Strasburg (FedEx) where he earned the name “Big Dog.”
Jon loved to travel and eat good seafood. He really enjoyed his wife’s prime rib, his mother-in-law’s hamburger gravy and his father-in law’s deep fried pork chops. He enjoyed NASCAR and had participated in the “Richard Petty School of Driving”, twice.
Having a deep faith and a strong belief in tithing, he always said, “it’s about having a relationship with Jesus Christ and not about religion.” Jon was a Salt of the Covenant partner, a member of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas and a member of Jerusalem Church at New Philadelphia. Jon and his wife, Dianna, were both strong supporters of Christians for Israel.
On December 28, 1996, Jon married his wife, Dianna (Renner) Harmon. They met on a blind date and two weeks later, he asked her to marry him. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Janet Renner and his yellow lab, Reese.
Jon was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Marvin Renner and his two yellow labs, Penny and Pebbles.
In keeping with his wishes, a private family graveside service is to be held in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
The family requests, that to honor Jon’s life, please direct donations to Sanctuary of Hope, P.O. Box 659240, San Antonio, TX 78265-5149.