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“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...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Debbie Boyd - West Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Terry Rich - Clive, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: cindy Helmers - Waverly, IA

“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,...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: John Sayre - Ankney - Friend

“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...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Jean (Heard) Byl - Waverly, IA

“Linda and family, Jon was one great guy--a wonderful friend and valued colleague. Our prayers and sympathy. Jim and Marlene McGrew ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: jim mcgrew - waverly, IA - Friend

“Our condolences to the whole Oxenford family.Tom and Margie Tolsdorf ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Margie Tolsdorf - Scranton, IA

“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,...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Holly Eastman - MINNEAPOLIS, MN

“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 !...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Sue Meyer - Pleasant Hill, IA

“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...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Mick and Bonnie BARRY - Ankeny, IA

“what a awesome funny Always very Helpful guy Truly enjoyed the time we spend with him ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Cathy Kruse - Marble Rock, IA

“Our deepest symphty Will be missed ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Ken & Karen Richardson - NY

“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...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Michael & Barbara Aubrey - ANKENY, IA

“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...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Van Allen - Dierks - IA

“Sending a prayer to Linda and children. Jon was a great man and will be so dearly missed. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Dena Oxenford Bardole - IA

“A genuinely nice guy. Good memories of when our girls were in high school together. Condolences to Linda and the family. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Reka Hinshaw - Ankeny, IA

“Linda, Your Waverly friends are thinking of you with sympathy and fond memories. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Barb (Dewey) Bridges - Waverly

“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...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Berry-Simpson - Nirwalk, IA

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