Richard C. "Dick" JONES

Passed away at Redding's Mercy Medical Center on the morning of December 27, 2013 at the age of 89-1/2. Dick was born to his proud parents Fern and Richard Jones on June 5th, 1924 in Joplin, MO. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Louise Jones and their two sons, David (Karen) and Gary. Other members of his close family include his sister Norma "Pat" Williams (Jack) and her children Debi (Danny) and Steve (Mary). Dick loved his three granddaughters, Keasa, Kelly and Sunny. He beamed with pride around his great grandchildren, Avery, Sacha, Jude and Casey. His smile, wink and positive attitude will be greatly missed by all of his family. After high school, Dick received his draft notice and joined the Army to fight in World War II. Shortly after, he was assigned to the Army Air Corp. He flew in B-24 Liberator bombers performing his duties as both radio operator and waist gunner. He successfully completed 50 missions over Italy and Germany in the 450th Bomb Group. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps as a Technical Sergeant. When the war was over, he met his future wife and life's partner, Louise, at San Bernardino Jr. College. After graduating, he used his GI bill to attend Stanford University and attained his Masters degree in Education. He taught at a small school in Avenal, CA for a few years before joining State Farm Insurance. Dick had a very successful career as both a Manager and Agency Director in the Santa Rosa regional office. He retired a happy man in 1986. Dick was a member of the Western Star Masonic Lodge and the Elks Club #1073. Dick was active in the Redding Elk's Club, especially the RV Club. He also volunteered at the new Nor Cal Veteran's Museum located near the Redding airport. Dick and Louise enjoyed traveling abroad and in their motor home. Both of them loved to fish, golf, and restore old cars. His pride and joy was "Lady Louise", the 1930 Model A Sport Roadster hot rod. Dick and Louise volunteered for years at Mercy hospital and he loved to drive cancer patients to their appointments, mentoring them along the way as he was a cancer survivor. It was rumored that he was the first male "Pink Lady" at Mercy hospital. Anyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with Dick would remember him as a happy, helpful and positive real human being. There were no strangers in his life. We have planned to have a gathering of his friends and family on his 90th birthday, June 5th, 2014. The event will take place at 2 PM at the Veteran's Cemetery.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2014