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Memorial for Jonathan Edward Strong

Born in Albany, Oregon on Oct. 28, 1945
Departed on Dec. 8, 2018 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018
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Jon Strong, 73, passed away in his home Saturday, December 8th after a long illness.

He was born October 28th, 1945 to Ernest and Lelia (Dally) Strong. A lifelong Albany resident, Jon graduated from Albany Union High School and attended Oregon State University where he was a member of Lambda Chi. He enjoyed his college years, participating in many high jinks before finding his calling in law enforcement. Jon began his career at the Albany Police Department working there as a patrolman from 1968-1973. He then transitioned to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, first as a Deputy, then moving up the ranks to Detective and retiring in 1996.

Jon's true life's joy was his work with the Freemasons. Jon joined the Masonic Order in 1979, and among his many titles, he served as Worshipful Master of Brownsville Lodge #36, St. John's Lodge #17 in Albany, and East Linn Lodge #44 in Lebanon. He was also a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and served for many years as Chairman of Salem Valley Scottish Rite, and was a member of Al Kader Shrine.

He was fondly known as "Jon Dear" by the members of Oregon Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Grand Patron of the Star Seekers Grand Family, 2005-2006. Jon happily served as Worthy Patron a total of 9 times alternating between Zenith Chapter #94 and Barzillai Chapter #16. He was also a charter member of Oceanside Court #37, Order of Amaranth.

An avid reader, Jon also enjoyed model trains, John Deere tractors, and collecting Masonic memorabilia. He was a hard worker, a loving husband, a caring father, and a loyal friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Jon was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers David and Daniel, and stepdaughter Yvonne.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Bonnie, brother Ronald F. Strong, stepdaughters Deborah (Murdock) Pierce, Sharon Murdock, Jackie (Barker) Smalley, 7 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday December 22nd at the Scottish Rite Center, 4090 SE Commercial Street, Salem, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, please bring a favorite snapshot to share or memorial contributions can be made in Jon's name to PAVE (Paws Assisting VEterans).

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