Dr. Jon H. Sally D.O., Kent, OH. February 21, 1935 – October 22, 2018 Born in 1935, Jon was the only child of John and Rose Sally, who was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church of Kent. Growing up, he was inspired to medicine by his family doctor, Dr. Nick Ulrich. He attended Kent State University his entire academic career, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1957. After Kent State, he attended the Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine. Dr. Jon Sally returned home, to Kent, where he joined Ulrich Professional Group as a Partner, the medical practice of his mentor, along with his mentor’s son Dr. Don Ulrich and Dr. John Jacobs, thus fulfilling a lifelong dream. In addition to his practice at Ulrich Professional Group, Dr. Sally began his career at Green Cross General Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, and later was on staff at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna – now University Hospitals - who purchased the medical practice and moved it to its present location at Devon Place and SRs 43 & 261 in Kent. He believed in education and commitment to the community as shown by his mentoring of many future doctors, nurse-practitioners and nurses and staff which trained with him thru their practice during his long career. Dr. Sally, along with Dr. Jacobs and others, started a non-profit medical group called Town Hall II Free Clinic, which thrives to this day. Dr. Sally devoted much of his time and skills to several groups throughout Portage County; including, the Boy Scouts, senior citizens in nursing homes, children’s services and those in the local battered women’s shelter. Between 1977 and retirement in 2001, Dr. Sally chaired several different projects at Robinson Memorial Hospital and Long Meadow Care Center. He was a board member of Children’s Services of Portage County for several years and volunteered with Doctors Without Borders. He was honored with many awards during his career including: A Humanitarian Award from Easter Seals, 24-Years’ Service Award from Robinson Memorial Hospital, and Doctors Award of the Year for his work at the women’s shelter. Dear to his heart was a plaque given to him by Child Health Services of Portage County symbolizing the “Doctor Mother” that Dr. Sally was to the children of Portage County. In addition to medicine, Jon had a fervent passion for art. Among other disciplines, he was a prolific sculptor, carver, pencil artist, and painter. At his retirement party in May 2001, Dr. Sally received well-wishes from hundreds of his patients, and fellow medical professionals. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lydia G. Sally, of Kent. Four children; Kevin John Sally (Michele), of Kent, Bret David Sally (Kelly), of Atlanta, GA, DeWayne Knight (Erika), of Rootstown, and Lesa Sally Lillibridge (Kim Tullis), of Kent. Four grandchildren; Kira Marie Knight (Jedidiah), Megan Elizabeth Whitacre (Joseph), Jillian Sally, and Kyle Paserba. Friends and family of Lydia who wish to remember Dr. Sally in a memorial service, may join her at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 S. Mantua Street in Kent, Ohio, Thursday, October 25, 2018. Visiting hour 2-3pm, Service at 3pm. Friends and family of Jon may join his children in a celebration of life on Monday, October 29, 2018, from 4-8pm at The American Legion Hall at 1945 Mogadore Road in Kent, Ohio. Reverend Julie Blake Fisher and Pastor Rick Frecka will preside over a service at 6pm followed by fellowship, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The family would especially like to thank Altercare Care of Western Reserve and Crossroads Hospice for their compassionate care. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua where condolences and memories may be viewed at www,greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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