Gerald H. "Jerry" Jones

  • "Our thoughts are with the family and all who knew and loved..."
    - Ronda (Stilley) Kotelchuck
  • "After 50 years of friendship it's hard not to think of..."
  • "You will be missed Dad. Thanks everyone for the kind words...."
  • "Judy, deepest condolences. We will miss Jerry at our high..."
    - Walter Swap
  • "We are saddened to hear of your loss, Judy and family. Hope..."
    - Peter Page

Self-proclaimed, "The Great" Gerald Jones passed away April 4, 2018 in Yuma, Arizona at the age of 90. Jerry passed at home from natural causes, in the presence of his wife Judy and son Forrest.

Jerry was born in Wadena, MN, to Myron Jones and Verna Green. He had 3 brothers and one sister. He was raised in Montour, Idaho and joined the Navy in 1945, during WWII. He was honorably discharged and was awarded the Victory Medal for his service. He later attended Boise Junior College where he earned his Associates Degree. Jerry held many unique and fulfilling jobs: logger, machine shop apprentice, surveyor, project engineer, commercial fisherman and planning director (Chief). His hobbies were painting landscapes, writing and reciting poetry. His most famed moment was reciting a Robert Service poem, "The Shooting of Dan McGrew", for then Alaska Governor Bill Egan.

Jerry arrived in Juneau Alaska two days before Christmas in 1960. He married his beautiful wife Judy Robeson on July 12, 1963, and later had two children Wesley and Forrest. He retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation in 1978, at the age of 50. Jerry moved to the foothills of Yuma, Arizona in 1987, next to a beautiful golf course and desert landscape. Jerry touched a lot of lives in very positive ways but to those he touched in negative ways, on behalf of his sons, Wes and Forrest, we are truly sorry.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Myron and Verna, brothers Vernon, William, Ronald and his sister Gretchen. He is survived by his Wife, Judy Jones and his three sons Wesley and Forrest Jones & Geoff Simpson.

"My Madonna"
By Robert Service

I haled me a woman from the street,
Shameless, but, oh so fair!
I bade her sit in the model's seat
And I painted her sitting there.

I hid all trace of her heart unclean;
I painted a babe at her breast;
I painted her as she might have been
If the Worst had been the Best.

She laughed at my picture and went away,
Then came, with a knowing nod,
A connoisseur, and I heard him say;
"Tis Mary, the Mother of God."

So I painted a halo round her hair,
And I sold her and took my fee,
And she hangs in the church of Saint Hillaire,
Where you and all may see.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry's wishes were for friends and family to donate to the Gastineau Channel Historical Society (PO Box 21264, Juneau AK 99802), in his name. He cherished the honor of his family being recognized in the Gastineau Channel Memories Vol. II. He did not wish to have a service but wanted all his friends and family to celebrate his life in their own way. The "Chief" will be missed but not forgotten.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Apr. 17, 2018