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John J. Jondle, electrical engineer, served in Navy

Feb. 20, 1929 – Dec. 23, 2014

John James Jondle, of Clarence, a retired electrical engineer who was active in civic and conservation organizations, died Tuesday after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Otho, Iowa, near Fort Dodge, he served in the Navy during the Korean War as a radar and radio mechanic aboard the heavy cruiser USS Albany.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Jondle worked as an electrical engineer on defense and Air Force-related projects for Sylvania, Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory and Calspan. He retired in the mid-1990s.

In retirement, he was a van driver for McGuire Adult Day Care and was a Clarence school bus aide for handicapped children.

Active in the Republican Party, he was an election poll observer.

A Clarence resident since 1966, he served on the Clarence Conservation Advisory Board and was program coordinator for town nuisance deer management. He also was active in the town’s nuisance Canada goose program and coordinated the Adopt-A-Highway program.

He was a past president of the Akron-Clarence Kiwanis Club and was named Kiwanian of the Year. He was a former Western New York zone chairman for Ducks Unlimited and served as its dinner chairman for more than 30 years.

Active in the UB Engineering Alumni Association, he was a past president and a longtime board member. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

He was a past commander of Clarence Post 838, American Legion. He also was a member of the Association of Old Crows, an international professional organization specializing in electronic warfare.

Mr. Jondle served as commissioner and coach for the Clarence Little League Baseball Association, was a member of the Little League Football Association and was a board member for the Clarence Girls’ Softball League.

A former Boy Scout adult leader and assistant scoutmaster, he was a past president of the Clarence High School Football Fathers and helped organize the Clarence High School Ice Hockey League.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Shooters Committee on Political Education and competitive shooter with the Suburban Pistol League. He also was an award-winning member of the American Bowling Congress and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Active in the Clarence Church of Christ, he served as a deacon and an elder. He also helped raise funds for construction of the Clarence Library.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, the former Faye Irene Diehl; three sons, Jeff, John II and Michael; three daughters, Elizabeth Englert, Stephanie Goodnick and Jacquelyn Langdon; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Clarence Church of Christ, 5375 Old Goodrich Road, Clarence.

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