Ryan D. "Jonesy" Jones, 28, of South Williamsport, left this world all too soon on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 as a victim of a violent crime.
Born February 13, 1990 in Williamsport he was a beloved son of H. Dean Jones (Mallory Goode) and Jamie R. (Ulmer) Nelson (Troy Nelson) all of South Williamsport.
Ryan was a 2008 graduate of South Williamsport High School where he played on the football team and wrestled. His love for sports and activities started at a young age playing Little League baseball and carried on throughout his life. He was a Tennessee Titans fan, enjoyed working out, going to the gym, shooting pool, target practice, going fishing, and also loved spending time with his cats Mojo and Slick. His outgoing, vibrant personality made it easy for him to make friends, which he had lots of and loved all of them very much. From school days and sports, to working as a technician for Stallion Oil Company, and hanging out at the Cell Block, Ryan formed great friendships and tight-knit bonds with everyone he worked with and came in contact with. In March of 2017, Ryan made a choice to better himself and serve a greater cause, his country, when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ryan was part of the 128 Chemical Company as a 74-D CBRN Specialist and was recently promoted to the rank of E-4. The bond Ryan formed with his brothers serving in uniform beside him was truly special, as they looked up to him as a role model for his positive energy and enthusiasm, even though he was considered the "old guy."
Ryan's love for people, good times and even his less than stellar decision making times enriched his life, but not as much as he enriched the lives of those he left behind. More than anything Ryan loved his family immensely, as he always felt he could be himself and relaxed when he was home with them.
Surviving in addition to his mother Jamie, step father Troy, his father Dean and Mallory his siblings; Cody Nelson (Emily Fuller), Ashley Nelson (Mason Karper) all of South Williamsport, Corinna Jones of Williamsport; Dominik and Olivia Goode of South Williamsport; a special nephew, Carter Garwood who he adored; maternal grandparents, Roger and Jane Ulmer of Cogan Station; paternal grandparents, Mary (Ray) Nogle of West Milton; aunts and uncles, Timothy Ulmer (Melisa) of Williamsport, Tammie Ulmer (Tony) of Media, Russell Ulmer of Franklinville, NY, Scott Ulmer (Lori) of Milton, Tracey Paternostro (Michael) of Montoursville, Christopher Ulmer (Amanda) of Cogan Station and Nettie Gehr of Montgomery; several cousins and many extended family members among all of his dear friends.
A funeral service to honor the life of Ryan will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 9 at St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, with full military honors. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.
In lieu of flowers, turn up your music, use some explicit language and have fun with some friends, Ryan would have been all about that, or you can make a memorial contribution in Ryan's name to organizations special to him and his family, Janet Weis Children's Hospital, c/o Cystic Fibrosis Families, 100 N Academy Ave, Danville, PA 17822 or the American Cancer Society, 1948 E 3rd St, Williamsport, PA 17701.
Do what's right, do what's good, always be kind and be there for others, just like Ryan was always there for you. "Stay Safe."