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CLIFF C. JONES Jr. Obituary
Cliff C. Jones, Jr., 94, died at home March 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 11, 1919, in Kansas City and lived in the area most of his life. His parents were the late Cliff C. Jones, Sr. and Elizabeth Smith Jones, both prominent in civic and social circles. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, or Village Presbyterian Church. Mr. Jones graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1941 with a degree in Economics. In World War II, he was a lieutenant, USNR, and gunnery officer on a destroyer in the Pacific. After the war, he joined R.B. Jones & Sons Insurance Company and worked his way up from a salesman to Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO. In 1947, he married Patricia Busler with whom he spent 58 wonderful years. Together they traveled the world and delighted in spending time with their family. Just as they were extraordinary partners on the dance floor, they shared a love of entertaining, the outdoors, music, and community involvement. Mr. Jones was active in civic and community work commencing in 1946 after his return from the war. He was elected President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1948 and President/Chairman of the Greater K.C. Chamber of Commerce in 1957, the only person to date to have headed both organizations. At that time, he was the youngest president to serve the Chamber of Commerce. In 1975, he took early retirement as Chairman and CEO of R.B. Jones Corporation. He then entered the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas for three years in a Master's program. He was a founder and Chairman of Jones & Babson, Inc., the management corporation of the Babson Mutual Funds until its sale to BMA in late 1993, when he fully retired. His past directorships include Business Men's Assurance, Butler Manufacturing Co., Commerce Bank of K.C., Emery Bird Thayer Co., K.C. Fire and Marine Insurance, Co., Stephens and Associates, Inc., The Babson Mutual Funds and Tower Properties Co. Mr. Jones was a founder, director and the second president of the Civic Council of K.C.; President of the National Association of Casualty and Surety Agents, Washington, D.C.; a trustee of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Western Missouri and Kansas; Chairman of the Market Area Development Corp.; Trustee of the Greater K.C. Community Foundation & Affiliated Trusts; Advisory Director of the K.C. Regional Council for Higher Education; a member of the Advisory Council, University of Kansas Medical Center; and Trustee of Pembroke Country Day School. He was also a founder and co-chairman of Partners of Arts and a member of the Man-of-the-Month Club. In past years, he was a member of committees that organized the Jackson County Sports Commission, the MO Repertory Theater, the Carriage Club and the Starlight Theater. In 1969, the KC Star noted that he was the key Nelson Gallery Trustee involved in the formation of the Society of Fellows. For nine years, he was a motivational speaker in Kansas City, other Midwestern cities, New York and Seattle. He was the author of Winning Through Integrity, a book on business ethics that sold 40,000 copies. Mr. Jones was a past Deacon and Elder in the Country Club Christian Church, and weekly volunteer teacher at the Alta Vista School. Throughout his life, he drew strength from the 91st Psalm. Mr. Jones is survived by daughter, Lisa and husband Charles Schellhorn; daughter, Leigh and husband Richard Jones-Bamman; son, Cliff Jones and wife Lucy; grandchildren, Sarah Schellhorn Mougalian and husband Matthew; Meg Schellhorn and husband Rob Means; Chip Schellhorn; Caitlin Jones-Bamman; Amy Jones Popovich and husband Stephen; Craig Jones and wife Allison; Laura Jones; niece, Lynnly Busler Marcotte and son David Picow and his wife Jamie; nephew, Robert Busler, Jr. and daughter Ava Busler; five great- grandchildren; and dear companion, Charlotte Gibson. The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff at Claridge Court, Health at Home, and Continua Hospice for their loving care. Arr.: D.W. Newcomer's Stine & McClure Chapel. D
Published in Kansas City Star from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2014
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