Jon Eric Almarode

August 28, 1960April 18, 2018

Jon Eric Almarode, 57, of Steeles Tavern went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at his home.

Born August 28, 1960 in Staunton, he was the son of Madeline (Hewitt) Almarode and the late George Thomas Almarode.

Jon was a man of strong character and deep faith. He owned and operated Draft Feed for over 20 years and the Market at Draft. Jon was also a rancher and horseman.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his loving wife of not nearly enough years, Denise Thelma Lou Marshall; son, Cody Almarode and wife, Brittney of Mint Spring; stepchildren, Anne Owen, Michael Owen and wife, Sonya and Jonathan Owen and wife, Christi all of Richmond; four grandchildren; siblings, Tom Almarode and wife, Connie of Stuarts Draft, Karen Maddox and husband, Neil of Harrisonburg, Mike Almarode of Greenville, Scott Almarode of Staunton and Kevin Almarode and wife, Marsha of Barren Ridge; brothers-in-law, Bruce Marshall and wife, Paige of Oakridge, TN and Allen Marshall and wife, Candayce of Chester, VA; good friend, Verick Wiles of Mint Spring; as well as 20 nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Old Providence Church, 1005 Spottswood Road, Steeles Tavern, with Pastor Rob Spencer and Rev. Patrick Malphrus officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 1870 Stuarts Draft Highway.

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  • Visitation Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 21, 2018


  • Interment, Officiating

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Kimberley Shaw

April 24, 2018

Jon was a nice and sweet man. I was blessed to work with him and his wife for a while. I saw him last summer at the firemans carnival and he said, " just keep looking up...always look up". What great advise for anyone in the times we live in. He was a light and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Kevin Almarode

April 22, 2018

Most difficult to wrap my/our heads and hearts around all this.... In loving memory of our "Little Brother".... Always........

Linda Benavitch Armentrout

April 19, 2018

Dear Tom, Karen, and Family:
I was so saddened to read about Jon's passing. I have not visited the store of late, but always enjoyed the trips there for bird feed, dog feed and the like. It was like a little reunion to catch up with everyone there.

My mother, Vivian Benavitch, always said Draft Feed had the best bird feed! I must agree.

Knowing Jon's faith, as well as yours, gives me assurance of his Heavenly Home Going, and your fount of strength.

In Christ's Love,

Frank and Linda (Benavitch) Armentrout
Afton, VA

Susan Sandridge

April 19, 2018

Denise, I am so sorry to learn about Jon's passing. He was a good man, with strong faith and strong convictions. We know that to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord, and that is where Jon is now spending his time. Prayers for strength and comfort for you and all of Jon's family and extended family. Susan Sandridge (formerly with Bulletin Board).

Chris Harman

April 19, 2018

So sorry to hear about Jon. Prayers to his family.