Jon Paul Frischkorn, 84, of Burlington, passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Great River Medical Center.
Born December 5, 1936, in Wellsville, OH, he was the son of Jason Herbert and Ruth Lucile Serafy Frischkorn.
Jon earned his Bachelor's degree from Geneva College in Pennsylvania; his Master's degree in Religious Education from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Master's degree in School Administration from Pasadena College in California; earlier, he studied at Kenyon and Mount Union Colleges in Ohio; later, he studied at Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa. While at Geneva College, Jon met Mary Joan McClurkin of Morning Sun, Iowa. They were married on December 23, 1959 at Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun, Iowa.
Jon worked as a teacher at Pasadena Christian School and Prospect Hill Elementary School. He then worked with Burlington Community School District as an elementary school principal: Salter School (1969-1979); Corse (1979-89); Perkins and Blackhawk (1989-1992). From 2001 through 2016, he worked as principal, or served as a board member, at Great River Christian School.
For Jon’s entire career, he devoted himself to educating and nurturing children. He loved education as well as agriculture. Raised on a dairy farm, he continued his lifetime of farming in Morning Sun, where he raised corn and beans; harvesting a crop thrilled him. From his early time as an instructor, he taught physical education. Jon’s life was filled with physical activity and exercise. Starting with handball, his passion was playing competitive racquetball. He found joy in teaching the sport and sharing the fun of playing hard. At the Greater Burlington YMCA, he was admired for his cordial and competitive spirit on the court for four decades. Never slowing down, Jon continually explored such active hobbies as snow skiing, antique tractor drives, and cutting firewood.
Jon loved his Savior, his family, his friends, and his community with his caring spirit. He was known for his ability to lead, to encourage, and to make others smile. Jon was an active church member at Wings of Praise Outreach Center.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Joan (McClurkin) Frischkorn of Burlington; his sister, Lillian Wellington of Wellsville, OH; his brothers, Jason (George Ann) and Ronald (Mary Anne) Frischkorn of Wellsville, and Donald (Janice) Frischkorn of Cedar Rapids, IA; his son, Jon Craig (Shauna) Frischkorn of Willow Street, PA; his daughter, Margery Ann (Alan) Frischkorn Brown of Jefferson City, MO; and his grandchildren, Maria Elise Brown of Jefferson City, MO, and Jack Craig Frischkorn of Willow Street, PA; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, William Wellington.
Open visitation, for friends who wish to attend, will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021, from noon until 7 PM at Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home, 3940 Division Street, Burlington. Jon's family will not be present at this public visitation; however, friends and family are encouraged to pay their respects to Jon by viewing his photo tribute video and leaving memories, stories, and messages of condolence. Due to the pandemic, social distancing will be observed, and masks will be provided. A private graveside service at a later date will be held at Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Des Moines County, with Pastor Brenda Distelhorst and Pastor John Griffith officiating. Jon's tribute video and later his graveside service video, will be available to view by visiting Jon's obituary at www.prughfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Jon’s name can be made to the charitable organization of your choice.
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