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John "Jack" Thomas Jeffries

October 5, 1923 ~ August 11, 2018 (age 94)

John Thomas “Jack” Jeffries, Jr., 94, of Catonsville, formerly of Mt. Airy, died Saturday, August 11, 2018, at St. Agnes Hospital.  Born October 5, 1923 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Margaret Diehl and John Joseph Jeffries.

Jack grew up in northwest Baltimore, was a 1941 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and attended Loyola University Maryland before enlisting in the US Navy. He became an Electrician’s Mate First Class, serving in the European theater of World War II. Assigned to LCI 538 (Landing Craft-Infantry), Jack participated in the Allied invasion of France in June 1944.

Upon returning state-side, Jack was introduced on a blind date to IlahMarkuson, who would become his beloved wife and companion for 70 years. Theyhad 3 children and settled in Carroll County while Jack worked in sales for an industrial chemical company. Besides his family, Jack enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid reader, especially of American history. He was very accomplished at home-improvement projects and developed a life-long passion for cabinet-making and woodworking.

Jack is survived by his wife, Ilah M. Jeffries, son Michael Jeffries of Catonsville, daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and Joseph Little of Sykesville, Barbara Jeffries and John Hargreaves of Catonsville; grandsons Christopher Little and wife Mariah, Nicholas Little and wife Lauren and grandson Mason Hargreaves; granddaughter PJ Hargreaves; and great-grandsons Edwin and William Little. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. Martin's Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228. A reception will immediately follow the service.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed in Jack Jeffries’ name to Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Martin’s Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228 or visit

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