It is with heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our father John Weldon Jones, 96, of The Dalles, Ore. He peacefully past away October 16, 2015 at a local care facility of natural causes surrounded by his two sons.
John was born January 28, 1919, in Bay City, Ore. The youngest of 9 children. His father was killed in a logging accident and his mother couldn’t continue to care for the family on her own so decided to give them up for adoption. He was adopted out at the age of 2 to Marie and Christopher G. Jones and lived in Alaska where his adoptive father was a construction superintendent on the Alaskan Railroad. The family moved several times during his grade school years and he eventually graduated from Everett High School in Washington state. He graduated from Curtiss Wright Technical Institute in May of 1941 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Before he could put his degree to good use World War II broke out and he enlisted in the Navy. At the end of the war, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st class Aviation Machinist Mate.
It was during the war, August 15, 1944, that John married Alyce Jane Moll. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary just before her passing in 2010.
After the war he returned to the states and got a job as an instructor with Standard Oil Company in Portland, Ore. A year later in 1946, he and his wife Janie moved to The Dalles and established 89 Signal Service station. He operated the station for 17 years and in 1963 when the first part of the freeway was built, he moved the business to 1322 W 2nd Street. In 1985 he sold the business to his eldest son, Chris, who operated it until 1995.
John was an avid sports fan and loved baseball, softball and football. He was especially fond of Seattle’s Mariners and Seahawks. John and his wife were very involved in the Lifeline Baptist church. He was the church treasurer and Janie was the organist.
John is survived by his two sons, Chris (Nancy) Jones and Steve (Linda) Jones; grandchildren John Ryan and LoriAnn; and Matthew, Nicholas, Timothy and Tricia; as well as 10 great grandchildren.
A graveside service for family will be held at Odd Fellows Three Mile Cemetery Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may made to Life Line Baptist church, 801 E. 10th Street, The Springs at Mill Creek Employees Fund, 1201 W. 10th Street, or Heart of Hospice, 2621 Wasco Street, Hood River.
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