Jon David Laubach, noted gunsmith and craftsmen, passed away on July 6, 2018. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Barhamsville, Virginia.
Jon studied horticulture at Penn State University prior to serving in the Vietnam War. Jon was in the Navy aboard the Destroyer USS WALKE DD723 as a pilot search and rescue swimmer. After his service he completed the gunsmiths program at Trinidad State.
He began his career at Colonial Williamsburg's Gun Smith Shop. It was there that he educated tourists on the intricacies of early gunsmithing techniques. Later in his career, Jon moved behind the scenes, where he produced the hand tools used daily by the Craftsmen in Colonial Williamsburg.
Jon engaged in teaching his skills and expertise to anyone who had an interest in colonial era weapons. His shop doors were always open. Those that have met Jon, know his talent was only matched by his humble nature.
Jon was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice of 35 years; son Christopher (Liz), daughters Cheryl (Christopher) Antal and Rebecca (Cain) Brooks. He will be remembered and deeply missed by his grandchildren and to all those whose lives he touched.
Best Regards, Chris Laubach
Eternal rest grant unto Jon, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
From the Contemporary Makers book by Robert Weil.
Photos supplied by Robert Weil with copy by Chris Laubach.