Robert Lee Jones(1931 - 2013)

Robert Lee Jones June 12, 1931 - March 5, 2013 Robert was born June 12, 1931 in Bakersfield, CA to Brue and Eula Jones and passed away March 5, 2013 in Paducah, KY. He attended East Bakersfield High School, but left school in his senior year to join the United States Army. He was stationed in Japan when the Korean War broke out. His unit was the first to go into Korea, where he served in a combat infantry unit as a mortarman. After completing his tour in Korea, he served in the 3rd Infantry in Germany and his final Army post at Ft. Lewis, WA. Not too long after leaving the Army, he decided to enlist in the United State Air Force. He served posts at Keesler AFB at Biloxi, MS, the Naval Air Station in Fallon, NV, and Eielson AFB near Fairbanks, AK before returning to Keesler AFB where he served as an instructor of electronic systems for eight years. He left the Air Force in 1964 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. After leaving the Air Force, Robert brought his family back to Bakersfield and began his career with RCA Service Company. By the time he retired, he had worked his way up from a service technician to an Instructor at the Regional Training Facility in Hollywood, CA. In 1952, Robert married Betty Jean (Cox). They raised their kids in a Christian home and were long-time members of Niles Assembly of God Church, where Robert was a Deacon and a leader of the Royal Rangers program. When Betty passed away, they had been married for 55 years. In 2007, Robert married Eldean "Jewell" Armstrong, and they were very happy for the time that they had together. In November of 2012, Robert and Jewell moved from Bakersfield to Bardwell, KY. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Brue and Eula Jones; wife Betty; son Keith; grandson John Frederick Jones; and great-grandson Jonathon "Bubba" Thompson. He is survived by his wife Jewell; and his children, Linda Hamilton, of Bardwell KY; Les Jones and wife Karen, of Fountain CO; Kenna Jones; Kyle O'Connor and wife Carol, of Bakersfield CA; and Bruce Jones and wife Analy of Seal Beach, CA. He also leaves behind a sister, Carolyn Henderson of Killeen TX and brothers Bruce D. Jones of San Diego CA and Ronald Martin of Princeton TX. At last count, Robert's family had grown to include 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services, with full military honors, are pending and will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 10, 2013