Ross Jones, a long time resident of Duluth, passed on from this life at home in the care of his family on May 5, 2014, his 82nd birthday, after bravely facing the increasing challenges of kidney cancer for 19 months.
He was born on May 5, 1932, in Aliceville, Ala. to Mary Susie Oliver and Green Jones.
After graduating from Summerville High School, Class of 1951, he immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and served at a number of Air Bases, including stations in Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, and Minnesota, as well as serving overseas in Japan, Germany, England, France, Korea, and Viet Nam.
In 1963 he married Anne Carol Fleming of Hunstanton, Norfolk, England, in the town of Etain, France. Ross retired in 1973 as Chief of Maintenance with the rank of Master Sergeant after 22 years of military of service.
He had much to be proud of, but most of all he was proud of his four children, Lt. Col. Bruce Jones, U.S. Air Force (retired), Glenville, New York, The Hon. Lindsay Jones, J.D., Decatur, Georgia, Capt. Andrew Jones, U.S. Army Reserve, Hudson, Wis., and Annette Jones, RN, FNP, St Paul.
After retirement he continued working at National Iron Co. for almost 10 years and briefly at Minneapolis Electric. In past years he enjoyed fishing and doing auto repairs, both for himself and others.
Besides his wife and four children, he leaves six grandchildren, Paige, Mallory, Isabella, Noah, Reece and Turner; his daughters-in-law, Nicky and Tanya; also his brother, Martin Oliver of Birmingham, Ala.; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many friends across the country and in Duluth, especially Bill, his lottery partner, Dusty, Duane and Walter, who were always ready to help, and Danny and the guys with whom he enjoyed drinking coffee and swapping stories.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 West College Street, Duluth.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made to the Salvation Army of Duluth. A private family burial service will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with a Military honor guard.