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Robert F. Jones Jr.

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Robert F. Jones Jr. Obituary
Jones Robert F. Jones, Jr. died peacefully of old age at his nursing home in Columbus, Ohio early Sunday evening, March 3, 2013. He was 87 years old. His family knows he is now in heaven with his wife of 58 years, Emily Dee Jones, who predeceased him a few years earlier. Bob is survived by their two children, Marshall Jones (Irene) and Margaret J. Kissel (John); four grandchildren, Kyle Jones, Emily K. Porensky (Paul), Jimmy Kissel, and Andrew Kissel; and his younger brother, Brandon Jones. He is also preceded in death by his sister Rosemary Hall. Bob Jones was born April 24, 1925 in the small town of Blythe, Georgia. He worked his way through the University of Georgia where he earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering. He acquired his M.A. in Education from Alfred University, and he taught engineering both at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he met his future wife and fellow teacher, Dee, and at Alfred College in New York. Bob and Dee moved to Troy, Ohio in the 1950's and he proceeded to have a successful career designing wheel and brake systems for jet airplanes. His designs were used on the Boeing 707, the Boeing 727 and a special Lear jet fighter contracted by the Israeli Air Force after the 1967 war. In the 1970's Bob was promoted to the Goodrich Research Center in Brecksville, Ohio where he applied his engineering creativity to tire building. From Troy, Bob and Dee relocated to Westfield Center, Ohio and then retired to Dublin, Ohio. Throughout his career, few people knew that his engineering background was not aeronautical but agricultural. None of his brake systems ever failed. Raised in the Methodist Church, Bob joined the Episcopal Church after marrying Dee. Throughout their lives, they were active as church members and leaders in their local church communities. When macular degeneration took away most of his eyesight, he continued his daily reading of the Bible and Forward Day by Day, first with a special magnifier reader and later with his daughter, Peggy, doing the reading. Bob believed in serving others. He volunteered for many things, including a trip to help lay sand bags when the Mississippi River flooded. He is best known, however, for serving others with his unique ability to fix almost anything by envisioning how it worked. Bob loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved to laugh and have a good time and leaves behind many friends built over the years in the communities they called home. He shared his warm smile with others to the end. He was an excellent contract bridge player and developed a special Strong Club bidding system that Dee and he used for almost 40 years. Despite losing 3 and 1/2 fingers from his left hand to a rip saw at the age of 16, he was an avid golfer and player of pocket billiards. In his final years, Bob's gifts helped support a local Columbus church's ministry to the homeless. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1003 W. Town St., Columbus. Burial will take place at a later date in Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, please make any gifts to "The Marshall Scholarship Fund at Grace Chapel" c/o Julia Meadows, 3270 Port Royal Rd., Adams, TN 37010. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences and share memories.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 6, 2013
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