Jon A. Economy

Jon A. Economy, age 67, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly, Friday, May 1, 2020, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A memorial service will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota. The funeral will be live streamed online at as well as on Jon’s obituary page at Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Rempp, Dane Sanger, Bob Crook, Mark Steckler, Mike Steckler, Jim Barnett, and Dan Economy.

Jon A. Economy was born April 1, 1953, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Gust and Ella (Zinck) Economy. He grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1971. He then served in the National Guard and attended Yankton College. He met Jeannine Steckler, the love of his life, in April 1974. They were married on July 19, 1975, in Yankton. They spent the next 44 years creating adventures and making memories. They started their lives together in Yankton, eventually moving to Sioux Falls for 3 years, where he worked and continued his education. Jon graduated from National College in Sioux Falls. While living in Sioux Falls, their first child, Lyndsay, was born in 1984. He and Jeannine then moved back home to Yankton, where he began working with First National Bank of Omaha, on May 1, 1985. Their second child, Jonathon was born in 1987. While working at First National full time, he continued his education and received his Business Administration degree from Mount Marty College. After a 33 year long career at FNBO, he retired May 1, 2018. He treasured the friendships of many coworkers throughout the years he spent working there.

Jon was a member of the United Church of Christ and the Elks Lodge in Yankton. He was a board member of the Explorer Credit Union and the Yankton City Planning Commission, where he enjoyed being a part of the potential growth of his hometown. He was a second generation Greek, and enjoyed sharing stories about his Greek heritage, of which he was very proud. Jon was a family man, who loved spending time with his littles . After retirement, he loved being the “Grandpa Taxi” for his granddaughters, dropping them off and and picking them up from school and dance. Trips home would often include a stop for ice cream cones. Jon enjoyed blaring his rock and roll music, bike riding, boating, and golfing with his friend Dane. He had a passion for sports cars and owned 60+ cars in his lifetime. Many times, he surprised Jeannine with a new car in the garage, when she came home. He enjoyed attending car shows with his childhood friend, Barry. Jon loved taking the scenic route on any road trip, and always stopped at car lots to “kick tires”. He would take daily drives to “make sure the town is still there”. Jon was a humble, softhearted, giving man, who never wanted recognition for his kindness.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannine Economy of Yankton; daughter, Lyndsay (Luke) Evans of Yankton; son, Jonathon(Britney) Economy of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Hayley, Addie, Elly, Brady, Olivia, and Norah; two sisters: Ruth Ann (Clarence) Schanche of Surprise, Arizona and Debbie (Mike) Sharp of Independence, Missouri; brother, Dan (Julie) Economy of New Richland, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Laura (Jim) Barnett of Sioux Falls; two brothers-in-law, Mike (Denise) Steckler of Yankton and Mark (Gwen) Steckler of Yankton; mother-in-law, Donna Steckler of Yankton; special life-long friends: Barry Rempp of Hastings, Nebraska; Dane Sanger of Redfield, South Dakota; and Bob Crook of Boston, Massachusetts; 16 nieces and nephews and 22 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Marylou Economy Davis and Connie Economy Mielenz; niece, Terri Mielenz Pederson; father-in-law, Jerry Steckler and stillborn younger brother.

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14 response to "Jon A. Economy"

  1. By: Mike Zwemke Posted: May 2, 2020

    Many wonderful childhood memories of Jon come flooding back. He was a genius at building something remarkable out of almost nothing. Give him a twig and a chewing gum wrapper, then watch his limitless imagination go to work. An old cardboard box could become anything, and often did.

    Jeannine and family, may God’s promise of eternal life and the great reunion in Heaven comfort and sustain you all during this difficult time.

    Mike & Mary Zwemke
    Cartersville GA

  2. By: Michele Gordon Posted: May 4, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss Jeannine. Jon was a great guy, was just getting to know him through the Credit Union board. Our deepest sympathy. RIP Jon.
    Michele & Scott Gordon

  3. By: Marlis Overla Posted: May 4, 2020

    Dear Jeannine and Family

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences.

    Marlis & Douglas Overla

  4. By: Monica Haas Posted: May 4, 2020

    Worked with Jon for 26 years. A man of few words but had a great sense of humor. So sorry for your family’s loss. Take care.

  5. By: Lisa Opsahl Posted: May 5, 2020

    I was so saddened to hear the news about Jon. My deepest condolences to you, Jeannine, and Lyndsay, Jonathan, and your families. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Lisa Opsahl

  6. By: Teri Eichelberg Posted: May 5, 2020

    I was blessed to work with Jon for many years at FNBO. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Jon.

  7. By: Vicki Breeman Posted: May 5, 2020

    I was saddened to hear of Jon’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at FNBO. Jon was kind hearted, funny and a caring soul. I enjoyed the occasional Hershey Bars he would drop off at my desk, along with the conversations and heated debates we had from time to time. He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with Jon’s family.

  8. By: Tamara Abbenhaus Posted: May 5, 2020

    I had the pleasure of working with Jon at FNBO for 15 yrs. He was the best of the “best”. Great guy, Fond memories, sorry for your loss.

  9. By: Jeff & Jean Liudahl Posted: May 5, 2020

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. God be with you at this difficult time.
    Jean & Jeff Liudahl

  10. By: Emma French Laird Posted: May 6, 2020

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers for comfort. Such a nice man

  11. By: Kathy Fiscus Posted: May 6, 2020

    Jeannine and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. He was a true friend at FNBO with a gentle soul and a good sense of humor. He would often walk by my desk and flip my daily calendar several days ahead and walk away grinning. My heartfelt sympathy to you.
    Kathy and Bruce Fiscus

  12. By: Renae Watt Posted: May 6, 2020

    I remember Uncle Jon coming over to Grandma’s every Sunday morning to read his newspaper in the porch while he smoked a cigar. I still love the smell of cigars and think of him when I smell them. One of my earliest memories of him was when he had gotten a red I think Firebird. It had a neat emblem on the hood that I liked and I think a black stripe down the middle. I remember Barry coming and visiting too for some reason. I wish we had been able to visit more in my adult years and I am so sad not to get to see him again. I never did get his sense of humor/teasing, but that was just Uncle Jon. He always took care of Grandma too and I remember him mowing her yard. Since we only saw him when we visited Grandma two weeks a year (mostly) I don’t have a ton of memories, but the ones I have are good. I remember him standing in his garage watching the clouds when there were tornado watches one time. I remember when Aunt Jeannine was pregnant with Lyndsey and Uncle Jon talking to her belly and I believe calling the baby Bambino but he was so excited. We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl in those days. This is just stream of thought and all over the place, but I am sad I don’t get to see all of you today and grieve with you there. I am praying for all of you. Thank you for having the funeral online so we could watch from MO. Love you all.

  13. By: Susan and Monte Schavee Posted: May 6, 2020

    We were so sorry to hear this sad news. Praying for comfort for you and yours now and as you grieve. God be with you all.

  14. By: Jerry and Sharon Smith Posted: May 8, 2020

    Jeannine and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Jerry and Sharon Smith

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