Arnold Melvin DeJaynes, 93, of New London, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, at New London Specialty Care. He was born January 24, 1924 in Augusta, Iowa, to Glendon and Goldie Millizer DeJaynes. He married Evaleen Cochran; they later divorced. In 1983 he married Margaret Wells Layer.
He owned and operated DeJaynes Jewelers in New London and Mt. Pleasant.
He attended Tama Country School through 8th grade and graduated from Burlington High School in 1942. He was a member of New London Christian Church; a lifetime member of the VFW, and a former member of the New London Chamber of Commerce where he served as President. Mr. DeJaynes served in the Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific during WW2.
He was an inventor, holding ten patents. He repaired violins and loved music. He was especially proud of his domino exhibit. During high school, he started boxing and was on the boxing team in the navy. Arnold was a significant part of starting the Honor Tour.
Besides his wife of New London, he is survived by one daughter, Denise Esther DeJaynes of New London; one stepson, Ron (Cathryn) Layer of New London; two stepdaughters, Terry Fisher of Mt. Pleasant and Hazel (Jerry) Lewis of St. Paul, MN.; one granddaughter, Rachael DeJaynes of New London; step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; three brothers, Paul (Janene) DeJaynes of Mt. Pleasant, Gary (Roberta) DeJaynes of Burlington, and Chalmer (Clarice) DeJaynes of Janesville, Wisconsin; one sister, JoAnn (Lowell) Whisler of Altoona and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Glenda Steele.
The memorial service for Mr. Arnold M. DeJaynes, will be held at 1:30 p.m., April 26th at Elliott Chapel, New London. Pastor Rod Cooper will officiate with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard. Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. on April 26th and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. According to his wishes his body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Mt. Pleasant. A memorial has been established.
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