Logansport native T. Jonathan Justice, 65, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at home.
He was born on March 1, 1948, in Memorial Hospital to Catherine Leirer Justice and Robert S. Justice. He grew up on the farm known to the family as the Wellington Place, in Clinton Township, Cass County.
He graduated from Clymers School in 1962 and from Logansport High School in 1966.
After earning a National Merit Scholarship, he matriculated at Cornell University to study architecture. Later he transferred to DePauw University and in 1971 graduated B.A. with honors in Art. He pursued a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Jonathan spent several years in Milwaukee working for Johnson Controls and serving as a member of the Outpost, a Milwaukee Natural Foods cooperative food and supply store. He returned to the family farm in 1994. Jonathan had a lifelong fascination with plants, learning their Latin names whenever possible and becoming a certified Master Gardener.
Beginning in 1991, he also used his considerable knowledge of native plants to work with Mercedes Brugh and others on the Little Turtle Waterway Trails in Logansport. As part of the Little Turtle team, he cleared brush and non-native species, helping select which trees to remove and which to keep. He also planted native trees to help restore the Wabash riverbank beginning at the point of the confluence of the Eel and the Wabash rivers all the way to 12th Street, a formerly populated part of the City of Logansport that had been abandoned and had overgrown filling with trash and debris. Jonathan also worked with plants offered for sale through the D & R Fruit Market and IGA in Logansport. He was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church of Logansport for most of his life, sang in the choir and helped with the prayer garden.
His parents preceded Jonathan in death. He is survived by his partner, James Leo Gatchel and his partner’s children, Christy Gatchel and Jason Gatchel; and grandchildren: Candice and Trinity Gatchel and Madison and Taylor Gatchel. Also surviving are Jonathan’s siblings: Robert L. Justice, Margaret J. (Claude) Dean, Samuel C. Justice (partner, Ann Lakin), Elizabeth A. Justice (Frank M. Howland) and Amy C. Justice (Joseph T. King, Jr.); nieces and nephews, Rebecca J. (Jonathan) Lazarus, Jessica C. Justice, Robert D. (Alicia Conner) Justice, Celeste S. Dean (Christopher Campbell), Jesse J. Dean, Lauren C. Justice, S. Elliot Justice, Sarah J. Howland, Catherine J. Howland, Rebecca J. Howland, Daniel J. King, and Erin J. King; and great-nieces and nephews, Cameron Dean, Madeline Lazarus and Robert Conner Justice.
Jonathan was kind to all and wise in the ways of the woods. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St. Interment will be at the Cemetery at Pleasant Hill near Keeps Creek.
Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Little Turtle Waterway Corporation in care of Mercedes Brugh, 1315 E. Market St., Logansport, IN 46947.
Condolences may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.