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home : obituaries : obituaries February 26, 2015

9/29/2012 8:00:00 AM
P. Allen Jump
Aug. 3, 1924 - Sept. 26, 2012
P. Allen Jump
P. Allen Jump

Reverend P. Allen Jump, 88, Lakeland, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 after extended respiratory and heart complications.

He was born Aug. 3, 1924 in Seymour, Iowa to parents Pearl and Opal Jump.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He attended South Dakota University where he met and married his wife, Mavis Van Schoonhoven, on Sept. 29, 1946. He graduated from the university after studying for a career in the legal profession.

He eventually felt the call of the Lord and moved to Vincennes, where he served at a small Presbyterian Church while studying at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Vincennes, after receiving his Master of Divinity.

He was called to the Lake Prairie Presbyterian Church in Lowell, where he served as pastor and Stated Clerk of the Synod for seven years. In 1966, Rev. Jump was called to the First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, where he served the congregation and was a member of the Northern Indiana Presbytery.

In 1974, he left to accept a Director's position at Westminster Village Presbyterian Retirement Center in Muncie and later moved to a similar position at a Presbyterian Home in Greenwood.

In 1984, at the age of 54, he studied for and passed the Indiana Bar Exam and became a member in good standing with the Indiana Bar. He opened a small family practice in Greenwood where he served the community until retiring to Fernandina Beach, Fla.

He continued to serve his faith during his retirement in Florida, officiating at weddings and funerals and filling in the pulpit for three churches in the Amelia Island and Jacksonville area.

Rev. Jump was an avid bridge player, athlete and sports fan. He pursued various athletic adventures in his younger years and finally chose golf as his sport of passion. He was deeply involved with the Men's Golf Association at the Fernandina Beach City Golf course where he won several tournaments and was a leader of the Men's Association. He was a devout follower of the Saint Louis Cardinals, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Jacksonville Jaguars and loved to dance with his wife Mavis.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mavis, Lakeland, Fla.; three sons, Van A. Jump and wife Kathy, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Douglas B. Jump and wife Michelle, Davenport, Fla.; and Mark R. Jump and wife Nancy, Lakeland, Fla.; nine grandchildre; and 16 great-grandchildren; a "son of the family" Joe Acton and wife Ann, Snoqualmie, Wash. Also surviving are brothers: Larry, Oceanside, Calif.; Robert, Denton, Texas; Delmar, Bend, Ore.; and sister, Margaret Schofield, Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Weldon.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held November 3, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Rev. Jump's ashes will be returned to the earth at a private family gathering in the Friendship Garden of the Community Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Beach, Fla.

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