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.