Jon Oxenford

  • Born: July 24, 1948
  • Died: September 14, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jon Paul Oxenford, 72, of Ankeny, entered into eternal life after a courageous battle with brain cancer on September 14, 2020 at the MercyOne Hospice House in Johnston. Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 18th at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut St). Family will greet friends during a visitation being held 1 hour prior to the service and burial will immediately follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.

Jon was born on July 24, 1948, the fourth son of Mabel (Salander) and Robert Oxenford in Scranton, Iowa. He grew up surrounded by family in Scranton. Jon graduated from Scranton High School in 1967 and went on to receive his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from Iowa State University. He received his Bachelor's in Education and Master's in Counseling from ISU. While attending ISU he met the love of his life, Linda June Pratt. They were married in Ames on August 6, 1972.

He spent 17 years in the US Army Reserves starting as Platoon Leader and then Commander of the 404th Company out of Waterloo and ended his career at Fort Des Moines with the 394 Ordinance Battalion achieving the rank of Major. He taught Industrial Arts at Maxwell High School and was the School Counselor/Assistant Principal at Waverly Junior High before starting his career with Ozark National Life. He was an independent insurance agent for 41 years. Jon enjoyed spending time at the Oxenford Lake House in Annandale, MN, traveling, flying his airplane, finding the next good deal and spending time with his grandkids.

Jon is survived by Linda, his wife of 48 years; daughter, Jennie (Matt) Wildman; son, Robert (Jamie) Oxenford; and grandchildren, Hayden, Hunter, Haylie, and Harper Wildman. Also surviving Jon are his brothers, Charles Oxenford, Richard (Jana) Oxenford, and James (Lynn) Oxenford; sister-in-law, Marcia (Jeffrey) Thompson; mother-in-law, Rachel Pratt; and cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mabel Oxenford; father-in-law, Lawrence Pratt; and sister-in-law, Patricia Oxenford.

Jon's funeral service may be viewed via livestream


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry for your loss. I just found out about the loss of this wonderful man. I use to live in one of Jon's duplexes. Jon was truly a kind and caring man to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are going out to his family. The world has lost a wonderful person.

Posted by Debbie Boyd - West Des Moines, IA - Acquaintance   November 22, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jon.

His smile, leadership, kindness will be missed.

I have many happy memories of Jon from college. He knew how to get a group of crazy, young college kids and form a bond and memories that last forever.


Terry Rich

Posted by Terry Rich - Clive, IA - Friend   September 20, 2020

Linda and kids we were heartbroken to hear of Jon's passing. You all our in our thoughts and prayers. We have been remembering all the fun times that we had at conventions and the good times our kids had together. Sending hugs and love to you all. Larry and Cindy Helmers

Posted by cindy Helmers - Waverly, IA - Friend   September 18, 2020

Along with Mic and Rick, Jon and I helped run Troop and Pack 88 in Ankeny for many years. There were many great camping and hiking trips in Iowa, Colorado and once to the Boundary Waters. Jon loved getting outdoors and working with the scouts. It was during one of our many late evening campfire talks that I learned he was from Scranton, where my father's family lived. Turned out Jon used to get thrown out of bed on Saturday mornings by my Grandma,who did their laundry.
Jon was a happy addition to my life and I'm sure many others. You'll be missed.

Posted by John Sayre - Ankney - Friend   September 18, 2020

Linda, I will echo Jim McGrew's words...Jon was a great colleague and caring counselor to so many kids. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Posted by Jean (Heard) Byl - Waverly, IA - Friend   September 17, 2020

Linda and family, Jon was one great guy--a wonderful friend and valued colleague. Our prayers and sympathy. Jim and Marlene McGrew

Posted by jim mcgrew - waverly, IA - Friend   September 17, 2020

Our condolences to the whole Oxenford family.
Tom and Margie Tolsdorf

Posted by Margie Tolsdorf - Scranton, IA - friend   September 17, 2020

Linda, I have followed your wonderful life with Jon through our EHS lunches for all these years. Your life in Ankeny, the births of your children, your trips, your plane rides, your time at your MN cabin, and the births of your grandchildren....You have shared your stories with such enthusiasm. There has been one constant that has shown through in all your stories = your sterling love for Jon (and he for you) and how much the two of you enjoyed life together.
Your high school chums and I sent a bouquet of flowers to you at your home. Consider them a "group hug" and please accept our deepest sympathies.

Posted by Holly Eastman - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Friend   September 16, 2020

Jon was a great guy ! I've known Jon for several years, but I knew his mother and dad as my first teaching job was in Scranton.Great people to know !

Memories are to cherish everyday til we all meet again! Sending prayers and comfort !

Posted by Sue Meyer - Pleasant Hill, IA - Friend   September 16, 2020

John will be missed. He was a great friend to us all and an inspirational leader for our sons during his time with all of us in BSA Troop 88.

John was there for all of us and we had great times camping and especially during our Colorado White Water and 14000 ft. mountain trecks .

Posted by Mick and Bonnie BARRY - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 16, 2020

what a awesome funny Always very Helpful guy Truly enjoyed the time we spend with him

Posted by Cathy Kruse - Marble Rock, IA - Friend   September 16, 2020

Our deepest symphty Will be missed

Posted by Ken & Karen Richardson - mechanicville, NY - Friend   September 16, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss! Jon was a great guy, Mike
& I enjoyed his sense of humor! He was a happy go lucky guy, we will miss him! You're in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy!

Posted by Michael & Barbara Aubrey - ANKENY, IA - Neighbor   September 15, 2020

I am so sorry Linda, that I will be unable to attend Jon's service on Friday. (Jury duty - ugh!) I truly wanted to hug you (in spite of COVID) and let you know how much you and Jon have meant to me and Duke through the years. Jon was such a good friend, a true gentleman, a Renaissance man, a source of fun, and a terrific host. I will miss him - but look forward to seeing what he's gotten up to in heaven while waiting for the rest of us. Much love - Lisa

Posted by Lisa Van Allen - Dierks - Cedar Falls, IA - Friend   September 15, 2020

Sending a prayer to Linda and children. Jon was a great man and will be so dearly missed.

Posted by Dena Oxenford Bardole - West Des Moines, IA - Family   September 15, 2020

A genuinely nice guy. Good memories of when our girls were in high school together. Condolences to Linda and the family.

Posted by Reka Hinshaw - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   September 15, 2020

Your Waverly friends are thinking of you with sympathy and fond memories.

Posted by Barb (Dewey) Bridges - Waverly - Friend   September 15, 2020

Linda, I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. Hugs and prayers to you as you move forward with all the overwhelming tasks! May your memories keep you surrounded by the love you shared. My heart aches for you sweetie. Sending virtual hugs!

Posted by Jan Berry-Simpson - Nirwalk, IA - Friend   September 15, 2020