Robert Leslie "Bob" Jones
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Robert Leslie ("Bob") Jones was born on November 26, 1925, in Evanston, IL, to Leslie Naney Jones and Agnes Woodward Jones. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan Law School, graduating with honors in 1951. He and his first wife, Lilias Wagner, then moved to Billings, MT, where he climbed mountains and practiced law under a variety of interesting conditions until 1959. The family then relocated to a suburb of Chicago, where Bob worked at the Sidley and Austin law firm, primarily on railroad and utility cases. The couple had four children, divorcing in 1966.
He married Gertrude "Trudy" Rankenburg Smith and they moved to Moscow, ID, and had a child in 1968. Bob taught at the University of Idaho Law School and spent summers as a Ranger at Yellowstone Park, where he directed tourist traffic and posed for photos with Old Faithful Geyser. He then spent a few years in Nampa, ID, where he was appointed Circuit Court Judge. In 1979, he moved to Portland, OR, where he began working at Bonneville Power Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. He worked on a variety of cases for the BPA, primarily in litigation, including cases concerning power line safety and nuclear power plants. He was shop steward for his union and served as an arbitrator for the region's Better Business Bureau for many years. He also served numerous church, city, county, and community organizations. He retired in 2004, driving to his new home in Springfield, MO, via the western and southern states.
Trudy passed away in 2007. He remarried to Donna Doss Eck in 2010, gaining a new family - and a dog -- in his later years. He was always involved with his church and Springfield city and community boards, serving them until his death. He had a lifelong love of stamp collecting, the outdoors, music, books, and ice cream. Bob had a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; his sister, Carolyn Kraetsch of Walnut Creek, CA; and by his children: Lilias (Larry) Jarding of Rapid City, SD, Robert G. (Cherri) of Springfield, MO, Eric (Cindy) of St. Joseph, MO, Gunther of Oakland, CA, Richard (Carolyn) Hood of Miller, MO, Mary (Mitch) George of Wentworth, MO, Barbara (Greg) Harrell of Springfield, MO, and Patricia (John) Smith of Cedarburg, WI; and by 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 6, 2014, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 515 E. Division St., Springfield, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church.
Walnut Lawn Funeral Home
2001 W. Walnut Lawn St
Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on June 6, 2014