WORCESTER, Mass — Jonathan Canfield Deaver, 67, Worcester, Mass., formerly of Logansport, passed away Monday April 28, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family after bravely battling leukemia.
He was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Logansport. Following his high school graduation, Jonathan joined the U.S. Navy and was in the Honor Guard, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He attended the University of Indiana, where he studied liberal arts. He then attended Sylvania Tech School before working at Burroughs Corporation on its OCR hardware.
Later he worked for Unisys and then to Fleet Bank where he continued to work as a computer programmer, then for Bank of America before retiring.
Those who knew Jonathan well will recall a highly intellectual and driven man whose self-learned computer skills and work ethic yielded a very satisfying, successful career. Jonathan met his loving wife of 31 years, Anne Marie (Huff) Deaver, in Waltham, Mass., where they were married at Immanuel United Methodist Church.
Jonathan’s family and friends will recall his love of computers, classical music being played in his home, following his favorite sports teams or “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”, he liked to cook and he always had a joke for everybody. A prized memory for Jonathan was a trip to Paris where he witnessed a total solar eclipse.
He felt blessed for the gift to work with his hands which he took full advantage of throughout his life. He lived a life of distinction, service and devotion to the family he so adored. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie (Huff), his brother Paul Beedle of Anoka, Minn., sister Ruth Beedle of Platte Woods, Mo., his mother, Elsie (Delaplane), of Kansas City, Mo., and his beloved five step-daughters and their families, Cynthia Maypother of Acton, Mass., Deborah Huff of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Gail Huff Brown of Rye, N.H., Jennifer Cook of Littleton, Mass., and Callie Huff of Milford, Mass., his grandchildren Jason and Josh Cook, Ayla and Arianna Brown, Nathan and Myles Taccini and Annalee Stuhl.