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Gainesville - Thomas (Ted) Jones, 84, of Gainesville, FI. Ted was born on December 20, 1928 in Memphis, TN and grew up in Chicago, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen, his daughter Vanessa Uelmen (John) (Alexandria, VA); grandsons Geoffrey and Christopher; sister Marea (Boise, ID); brother-in-law Keith (Somerset, UK) and daughter-in-law Christine (Kansas City, MO). Ted was preceded in death by his son, Ian.

After attending the University of Chicago for two years, he enlisted in the US Army during the Korean conflict and served for 3 years. In 1960 he decided to pursue a career in academia and earned his PhD in German Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Subsequently, he was a professor of German Literature and Linguistics at Ripon College, Ripon, WI for 33 years until his retirement. A true believer in commitment to public service, Ted was elected to the Ripon, WI city council and later was elected Mayor of Ripon. He also served as a public member on the State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

Arrangements for a remembrance gathering are pending. For those who so desire, donations can be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.

Arrangements are under the care of FOREST MEADOWS FUNERAL HOME, 725 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 378-2528. Please sign his guestbook at

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Gainesville, FL 32609
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2013
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