INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A memorial service is planned for next month at the
Indiana Statehouse for former U.S. Rep. Jim Jontz, who died in April at the
age of 55.
The memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 23 in the Indiana House of
Representatives chambers, where Jontz spent 10 years as a legislator after
winning a Monticello-area House seat in 1974 when he was 22.
The Indiana memorial is among three being planned for Jontz, with the others
in Washington and Oregon, where he had lived since 1999, said his sister,
Mary Lee Turk.
Details of the Indiana service were still being worked out, she said.
“We’re trying to cover his college years and even his high school years, his
time in the Indiana Legislature, his environmental work and in Congress,”
Jontz died April 15 at his Portland, Ore., home, two years after he was
diagnosed with advanced colon cancer that had spread to his liver.
Jontz, a Democrat, was elected to the state Senate in 1984 and two years
later won the first of his three terms in Congress, representing a swath of
northern Indiana from southern Lake County through Kokomo and Marion.
Turk said the Oregon service was being planned for an old-growth forest near
“It will be in an area where Jim was instrumental in keeping the forest from
being lost,” she said.