Ralph J. Jennings, 78

OSWEGO, NY – Ralph J. Jennings, 78, of Oswego, passed away Thursday morning Sept. 10, 2015, at St. Luke Health Services, Inc.

He was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Francis Vincent Jennings and Gladys Pluff Jennings Benz.

Ralph J. Jennings
Ralph J. Jennings

Mr. Jennings was the husband of Beverly J. Legates Jones.

He served in the US Marine Corps from 1956-1958 and was honorably discharged at Quantico, Va.

Mr. Jennings was a Certified Real Estate Appraiser, a Licensed Real Estate Broker and founded the Land and Trust Realty Company in 1980.

He was a well-known real estate developer in Oswego County.

He was the former owner of Mexico Sports Center.

In 1996, he was appointed to the NYS Canal Commission by Gov. George Pataki.

Always active in the community, he had served on numerous organizations boards including president of the Oswego County Antique Car Club, vice president of Oswego County Planning Board and Oswego County Board of Realtors, Operation Oswego County, Mexico Volunteer Fire Department, Planning Board and Zoning Board, Mexico-Pulaski Community Health Services, National Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Oswego YMCA, Century Member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Port of Oswego Authority.

His hobbies included judo, boxing, antique autos, skiing, snowmobiling, racquetball, skin diving, motorcycling, boating and his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Susan (Renee) Jennings and Debra (Paul) Heagerty both of Oswego; one stepdaughter, Patricia Jones of Lock Haven, Pa.; two stepsons, Dr. Frank (Audrey) Jones of New Orleans, La., and Christopher (Cimberly) Jones of Oswego; one brother, Raymond (Debbie) Benz of Syracuse; 14 grandchildren; 2.5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. on Monday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home with a service to follow at 7 p.m.

Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Oswego YMCA Children’s Learn to Swim Program 249 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126; Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, Neb., 68010; or Oswego County Toys for Tots c/o Christopher Jones, 203 E. Bridge St. Oswego, NY, 13126.