Jack was an avid farmer and a custom crop owner/operator. His love for the outdoors and his machinery was tremendous. “Jack was the only person I’ve known that would buy a Combine @ 85 years old”. Jack’s love for harvesting crops and helping his sons with their crops filled his heart. Jack was working (combining) right up until he became ill in November of 2021.
Jack loved his horses Duke & Dan, and loved his Auctions, (whether or not he needed to go and/or buy something was beside the point), more importantly he loved his Red Dodge. Jack was also very proud of his family and their accomplishments and more so, proud of his Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren. He would always share stories with anyone about them.
Jack is Predeceased by his Loving wife “Helen”, his 2 sons, Doug & Dean, 2 grandchildren Jessica & Amanda and his parents Laura & Leo Newton.
He is Survived by his Children Don (Sue), Delbert (Christine), Duane (Joann), Daniel (Caren), Melissa (Jeff), John (Jeanette) & Michele (Edwin), 21-Grandchildren, 27-Great-Grandchildren, 2 sisters Viola Powers, Valerie Gray, and 2 brothers Lloyd, Terry and his loving Dog Charlie.
A memorial service will be on March 7th at 11am, at the United Church of DeRuyter. A Celebration of Life will Immediately follow the services at Shelly’s Bar & Restaurant. Private burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in the Spring.
Because of Jack’s love for farming, In Lieu of Flowers, Please Make a Donation to the DeRuyter FFA Chapter, C/O Aleisha Newton Pforter, 106 County Rd 12C DeRuyter, NY 13052. To send condolences, visit robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.