It is with great sadness that the family of Jonas K. Vynis announce his passing. Jonas was born on October 7, 1932 in Kaunas, Lithuania and passed away on November 20, 2020 in San Jose, California, at the young age of 88. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Helga, his daughter, Angela and his two children from a previous marriage, Audra and Aras.
During WWII, Jonas’s father, Pranas, went to war. Unfortunately, he never came home. Jonas and his mother, Angele, searched for him for years, but were unable to find him. It wasn’t very long after his father’s disappearance when Jonas and his mother were forced to leave Lithuania due to the Communist take-over. After traveling through countless internment camps, Jonas and his mother made their way to America and settled down in Rochester, New York.
At 19, Jonas voluntarily joined the United States Air Force where he would work as an Airman. He traveled the United States and met many friends along the way. One of his favorite stories to tell us was when he was stationed in warm Louisiana and had to transfer to Washington State. He left Louisiana in a summer T-shirt and shorts and arrived in Washington frozen. While he was walking through the town shivering and doing whatever he could to keep warm, everyone around him was dressed in head-to-toe parkas. People were staring at him and wondering why on earth he was wearing summer clothes! When he met up with his friends, someone offered him a jacket so he could warm up. Jonas always laughed while telling this story. He said looking back, it is crazy what kids go through!
After his honorable discharge, Jonas actively engaged in his community by joining the American Legion, Scouts and became a member of the Phi Kappa Pi Fraternity. He enjoyed folk dancing, soccer, fishing and eventually became a green belt in Karate. In his spare time, he enjoyed creating wearable and intricate jewelry designs; some which have been displayed in galleries. Jonas also loved designing hangable artwork from scratch. He would draw up his ideas and make them come to life!
In 1962, Jonas moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he would work as a draftsman at General Electric. He would take hand drawn sketches and turn them into accurate drawings. As a detailed-orientated person, Jonas loved taking his time to carefully work on drawings so they would be perfect. Several years later, Jonas moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he continued to design for high-tech companies. During this time, he was awarded two cost improvement awards, nine patent applications with two awarded. His patent numbers are 3,848,209 and 3,860,895.
Sometime in the 1980’s Jonas moved to sunny California where he met his wife, Helga. They met in a dancing hall and began dating shortly after. After seven long years of dating, they married and were blessed with a daughter, Angela, who is named after his mother. Throughout the years, Jonas continued drawing and painting. He enjoyed taking road trips and visiting new places with his family. He loved fixing and tinkering with things around the house. He always used to say that it kept his mind fresh!
Jonas was a passionate, sentimental soul who loved joking around and having fun. He always found a way to make the people around him smile. He loved talking with new people and listening to their life stories. Jonas was the type of person made you feel good about yourself. He was easy to talk to, understanding and kind-hearted.
Jonas was a son, father and a best-friend.
We love and miss you dearly Jonas. May you rest in peace.
“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure” - Anonymous
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