- Published: January 14, 2010
Jack R. Lawson of Springfield died Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Springfield Regional Center. He was 57.
Jack was a former resident of Yellow Springs, where he lived with his long-time partner, Mollye Malone, until late 2006 when they moved to Springfield.
Jack was born on April 1, 1952 in Logan, W.Va., the son of Jack D. and Grace A. (Green) Lawson.
From 1969–71, Jack served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was both a helicopter gunner and frontline machine gunner. Jack was awarded the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service medal and star, the Vietnam Campaign medal and the Purple Heart.
For most of his life, Jack worked in the construction industry, specializing in the restoration of older and historical buildings. For the past five years, he was employed by S.A. Phillips Restoration, Inc. in Columbus.
Jack was loved by many family members and friends. He is survived by his parents, sister Dremea Myers of Springfield, niece JoVonna Myers of Virginia and his partner of 11 years, Mollye Malone of Springfield. He was the beloved “Uncle Jack” to Mollye’s nieces and nephews Matt and J.D. Larson of N.C., Joseph and Jacob Fugate of Yellow Springs and Jack and Jenna Malone of N.C. He is also survived by countless cousins, aunts and uncles, most especially Joe Walters of W.Va, who was more of a brother than a cousin.
Per Jack’s wishes, he will be laid to rest at a private family service. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held in the spring. Details of this service will be provided in a future edition of the Yellow Springs News. Cards and letters are welcomed by Mollye and Jack’s family and may be sent to 1028 E. Jackson Road, Springfield, 45502. Mollye may be reached at 937-265-5622.