Ronald Glen Jones

Ronald Glen Jones, 78, of Great Falls, died after a long illness Sunday, April 7, in Great Falls.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Croxford Funeral Home, 1307 Central Ave., Great Falls. His ashes will be interred at Clear Creek Cemetery in Naf, Idaho.

Ron was affectionately known as Pete among his family.

Ron was born July 10, 1934, in Burley, Idaho, to Ada May Kempton and Glen Worley Jones. He grew up in Naf. He was educated in one room schoolhouse until 8th grade. He went to Raft River High School but did not do well because of his deafness. He then went to the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding, Idaho, graduating in 1951.

Ron attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., for five years, graduating in 1956. A month before his graduation, he married Kathryn L. Fleck, who was also a Gallaudet student from Tillamook, Ore., on April 21, 1956.

Ron and Kathryn started their married life in Tillamook. Three sons were born there. Jeff in 1957, Ed in 1958 and Mark in 1960. Ron worked at the Tillamook Cheese factory until 1968. The family moved to Idaho. Ron worked for the State of Idaho as their first deaf counselor for vocational rehabilitation.

Ron and Kathryn were later divorced. Ron returned to school and got his master's degree. He worked as a director of the Deaf Center in Yakima, Wash., for nearly two years. Then Ron moved to Great Falls in 1990, where he resided until his death, working distributing TTYs all over Montana under contract and taught American Sign Language classes at Montana State University- Great Falls until he retired.

Ron had a passion for hunting.

He was a member of Great Falls of the Deaf Club, Montana Association of the Deaf and Big Sky Recreation Association of the Deaf.

Ron was preceded in death by his father; mother; stepfather; younger sister; and both of his brothers-in-law.

He is survived by his three sons, Jeff of O'Fallon, Mo., Ed(TerriLynn) of North Highlands, Calif., and Mark of Keizer, Ore.; his older sister, LaNeva Ostberg of Mesquite, Nev.; five grandchildren, Betty, Joe, Kayla, Brian and Lauren; six great-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be posted online at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 12, 2013