MONTROSE - His sly smile and playful spirit will always be with us- we can still hear him singing and playing guitar, even as we write this. Jon Jay Lohr was born in Montrose, Colo. to Ralph and Evelyn (Blanford) Lohr. He arrived with two older brothers, Donald Lohr, who was already 15 years old, and would take his little brother to the mountains in the coming years, and Bob Lohr, who would become a life-long musical companion. Jon also arrived with an older sister, Cheryl (Lohr) McLellan, who took Jon everywhere she went while growing up. When Jon was 5, he was given a baby sister, Tammy (Lohr) Bensley, to play with and sneak up on. Jon is survived by all of his siblings and his mother.
Jon is also survived by three sons: Jerald Lohr and Adam Lohr of Longmont, Colo. and Reilly Lohr of Los Angeles, Calif., as well as five grandchildren. Jon first became a father during his time as a corpsman in the Navy. He became an LPN after the Navy and continued that work throughout his life, living primarily in Texas and Colorado over the years. Jon was a talented musician, playing both the guitar and mandolin, bringing joy through music to his family and friends. His laughter — the kind that would make you laugh even if you didn’t know what was funny — will stay with all who knew him.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the wonderful medical and nursing teams that cared for Jon in the Hospice Units at both the Dallas VA Hospital and, especially, the Grand Junction VA Hospital. Donations can be made in memory of Jon Jay Lohr to the Grand Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center (GJVAMC), 2121 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501.