John Thomas Franklin Jordan, DDS, 88, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:51 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he had been a patient since January 4.

Dr. Jordan was born June 9, 1932, in Columbus, Ohio to Dr. John Gardner and Pearl Marie Welty Jordan.   He was a 1950 graduate of Washington High School and he received his doctor of dental science degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in June of 1957.  He then served two years in the United States Navy with the dental unit in Charleston, SC.

Dentistry was his passion.  He began his practice in Washington Court House in 1959, and continued to be in the office daily.  He was a life member of the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association.

Dr. Jordan was a member of the Greenfield Church of Christ; a longtime member of the Washington Rotary Club and was a Kentucky Colonel.  He was a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association; the President’s Club and was an avid fan of OSU sports.  He was a community supporter and was a member of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and had formerly served on the Washington City Schools Board of Education.  He was a horse enthusiast and an active member of the Carriage Club of America.  His favorite activities included the Lebanon Horse Drawn Christmas Parade as well as driving his carriage in the Washington Court House Christmas parade.  He instilled his love of horses in all of his four daughters.  He also had an ongoing companionship with his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Nolan and Ethel Findlay Bitzer; a sister and brother-in-law, LaVonne and Frank Creamer and two sons-in-law, Michael Douds and Greg Davis.

Dr. Jordan is survived by his wife, the former E. Louise Bitzer whom he married June 9, 1956; four daughters, Linda Murden and her husband, Dr. Robert Murden, of Worthington, OH; Joan Jordan of Providence, RI; Jenny Hildebrand and her husband, Drew, and Julie Davis, all of London, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jonathan Douds, Alyson Douds, Adam Phillips, Dr. Eric Phillips and his wife, Dr. Samar Sheriff, Frank Hildebrand and Jordan Hildebrand; a great grandson, Steven Miller and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of  Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Church of Christ, 955 Jefferson Street, Greenfield, Ohio 45123; the Fayette Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  • John Nestor says:

    My sympathy to the family.

  • Jane Kiehl Novach says:

    I have been blessed to have shared many times and memories with the Jordan family over the past 37 years thanks to Jenny Jo.

    Doc. will be sorely missed!!!

    Please know my entire family has y’all in our thoughts and prayers!!!

  • Meda Pittser says:

    So sorry for your loss. We know Dr. Jordan will be greatly missed. Sending our prayers to all…Bob and Meda

  • Miss Julie Kay and Lil Prince Smithson says:

    I have been so blessed to have known such a multi-faceted and fine man, fellow horse and dog lover, friend, and the very BEST dentist, even though for ‘only’ ten years, it was thankfully long enough to begin to grasp just how special John truly was. Please read on and see some of why knowing him was such a blessing to others, too! Rest In Heaven, John! Surely your parents and our God are overjoyed, both with your life and your newly and well-earned forever youth and health! Thank you so much for all you gave to so many during your 88+ years here on earth!

  • Bonnie Giffin Baldridge says:

    Such a very sweet man. I already miss seeing his smile at Church on Sunday mornings. My condolences to Louise, his girls and their families.

  • Sherry Crose says:

    On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Jordan.

    Sherry Crose, Executive Director
    Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

  • Judy (Jordan) Davie says:

    John is my first cousin once removed. After 60 some years of separation, we had the opportunity to become reacquainted through Ancestry, this time as adults. We shared stories about our uncles/fathers/grandfather that were unique to ourselves, filled in many blanks about who did what when, and helped each other complete pieces of our histories. We found we both shared a love of jazz vocals and horses, although his horse experiences were up close and personal and mine once past childhood were from afar. I am very grateful that our paths crossed again, even though late in our lives.

  • David Finley says:

    My deepest sympathy goes to the entire Jordan family. I will always remember John as a wonderful father-in-law and as a true friend. May God bless and keep all of you.

  • Ray Moone says:

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Lenny Wood says:

    I offer sincere condolences to Johns family and friends. Unfortunately I didn’t know John personally and was only introduced to him by way of reputation a few days ago by Julie Kay Smithson. It appears he was a gentleman and a friend to the animals. Two of the greatest traits a man can acquire.
    I prayed for his recovery and now ask God to rest his soul in peace with those of past loved ones and the many animals he loved and cared for.
    Lenny Wood.

  • John And Polly Mason says:

    We send our thoughts and Prayers to the Jordan

  • Julie Martin says:

    I have had conversations regarding boating and animals with John since 2012 on Facebook, I met him finally in 2020 down at the Marina as I had a boat and hung out down there a lot and he was the nicest person anyone would want to meet, he loved his family, friends, horses, boats, his RV life and animals. May he Rest in Peach. He will be missed. I just cant believe he’s gone. Prayers for his wife and family and for the little kitty in the barn , the horses, Rosie the dog and all of his peers and patients. I was blessed to finally meet him. I am so sorry.
    Julie Martin

  • Madelyn Carroll says:

    Dr. Jordan was a dear Christian born into a remarkable Christian family. Gone too soon — yet great is his reward in Heaven. God bless the entire family with comfort from the years of wonderful memories. There will be a glorious reunion!