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Gordon L. Jones, born Jan. 7, 1919, passed away at home on Feb. 24, 2014.

Survivors include: Phyllis S. Jones, his wife of 70 years; son Gordon L. Jones, Jr. of Austin, Texas; daughter Cindy Godwin (Jim) and granddaughter Kelly Godwin of Tucson; and sister Peggy Ley of Grand Island, Neb.

The son of Glena and Clinton Jones of Minden, Neb., Mr. Jones was a graduate of Minden High School and the University of Nebraska. He had in prior years been a resident of Indianapolis, Ind.; Elmhurst, Ill.; Davenport, Iowa; and Green Valley, Ariz.

He was a former president of Alter Barge Line of Davenport, Iowa and a member of various river industry associations. He had served as a board member of the National Waterways Conference, the National Rivers Hall of Fame and the National River Academy. He was a founder and charter member of the Port of Davenport chapter of the national Propeller Club.

A member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, he was for 10 years editor of its national magazine, The Rainbow, and was cited to the organization's Distinguished Service Chapter in 1970.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Jones served as a bombardier-navigator in the Army Air Corps.

He loved University of Nebraska football, jazz and barbershop music, Springer Spaniels and Beagles, writing, and, sometimes, golf. His short stories won two contests and were published in the Nebraska Magazine. He will be remembered and missed for his intelligence, caring, responsibility and humor.

Mr. Jones donated his body to the UA Willed Body Program. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gordon L. Jones Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation, P.O. Box 82555, Lincoln, NE 68501, or online at UNFoundation.org, to provide scholarships to students majoring in English at the university.

Private services are planned.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Mar. 5, 2014
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