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John Leslie "Les" Jones (1920 - 2010)

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John Leslie "Les" Jones February 5, 1920 - June 20, 2010 Les passed away, at the age of 90 peacefully and comfortably. He was born in Corning, CA the second of six children to his parents Inigo and Elsie Belle Worley Jones. He graduated from Shasta Union High School, Class of 1939, Redding, CA. Les married Evelyn Lorraine Bell in October 1941 in Bakersfield and spent 62 years of love and happiness till Evelyn passed away in 2003. Together they raised 3 sons, whom Les loved deeply and shared many happy moments with over the years. Preceding Les in death are his parents and three of his sisters, Mildred Irene Jones, Mary Fitzpatrick, Elsie May Houle and his infant daughter, Janet Louise. Les is survived by two of his sisters, Maude Meyer, husband Bud of Davis, CA and Ruth Wilson of Rio del, CA; and Les's three sons, and their families. Dr. Howard Jones and his wife Dana (Atthowe) Jones, of Salinas / Hawaii, and their three daughters, Sheryl (Jones) Davidson and her husband Erick Davidson, of Salinas, Genelle (Jones) Wincentsen and her husband John of Modesto, and Danica Jones and her partner Jill Pugh of Portland, Or., Gordon and Georgianna (Labots-Misbeek) Jones and their two daughters, Ginnette Jones and Gail (Jones) Marshall, her husband Steve and Steve's daughter, Kari. Les is also survived by a beautiful group of Great Grandchildren. He would look forward to the holidays and all special gatherings, when all of the kids would be there. They ranged from the age of 21 years down to 2 years. Ginnette's daughter, Jessica L Jones, Sheryl's son, Zachariah Davidson, Genelles', daughters, Madeline and Evelyn (twins) and Isabel Wincentsen, and Danica's daughter Betty all had wonderful times with their Great Grandpa. Les's father passed on early in Les's young life so much of his younger years were spent working and helping with the family day to day experiences. He spent many wonderful hours sharing stories from his youth. Such as the time driving the local school bus while he was in school himself. Also working on a dairy near his home. Les enlisted and served in the United States Army from 1940 to October of 1945. His mechanical abilities placed him in the Army Air Corp as a mechanic on such planes as a the B-17 and the B-29. Les was sent to Bakersfield to help set up a camp for flight training. As fate would have it he was introduced to Evelyn Bell and they were married in October of 1941. After his discharge in 1945 he moved his family to Bakersfield, Evelyn's home town . Les was active in the American Legion Post #682 and Post #26. At an age younger then most, Les chose to retire from being an auto mechanic at Nile's Garage so he could help with his Down Syndrome son, Glenn, with his activities and life experiences. Les was a Scout Leader for Howard and Gordon, then he had the opportunity give Glenn the Scouting experience a second time around with Troop #42 made up with special needs kids. Les helped with Special Olympic activities as Glenn was a very active swimmer. Whenever he could, Les helped with BARC events. Les especially loved to take his RV on wonderful trips that he enjoyed reliving with the rest of the family quite often. He was able to see many parts of the United States and Canada. But as he always told the family there was no place like home in Bakersfield, California. Les enjoyed visiting his many friends they had met over the years across the Country. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10, at 10:00 a.m., for Les, in celebration of his life, at the Hillcrest Chapel, 9101 Kern Canyon Road. All who have known Les are welcome to come and spend this time remembering his life with us. Please feel free to wear your favorite Hawaiian or bright colored shirt or blouse. Les loved his bright colored shirts. The family wishes to give a special heartfelt thank you to the special personnel at both Emeritus of Bakersfield and Westchester Gardens. They provided many happy memories for Les while he was there. Thank you again from his family. And also, a very special Thank You to Optimal Hospice for providing our father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, with wonderful care and providing him with dignity and grace during this time. Memorial donations may be made to Optimal Hospice.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 4, 2010
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