William S. Jones William S. Jones of Lucerne passed quietly in his sleep May 20, 2013, at the age of 97. His wife, Margery passed away in her sleep December 31, 2012. After 78 years of marriage, Bill missed her terribly and only wanted to be with her again. A long time resident of Lake County, Bill was born in Albany, OR, July 18, 1915. After the death of his mother in 1918, Bill's father remarried and Bill became step-brother to two brothers and four sisters. One brother, Robert, and two sisters, Gail and Jean, are still living. Bill and Marge had three children. The oldest, Willard, died at two weeks of age. Their daughter Dorothy and her husband Fred lived in Lucerne from 2003 - 2008 and now live in Penney Farms, FL. Son Larry and wife Mieko have lived in Lucerne since 2008. Larry and Dorothy are happy they could keep their parents in their own home these past ten years. Bill joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1940. Even though married and the father of two children, Bill wanted to serve in WWII and joined the Navy in March 1944 and served with distinction. He came home in December, 1945, and went back to the Border Patrol and eventually moved to the U.S. Immigration Service. After 25 years in government service Bill retired. Bill and Marge loved Lake County from the first time they vacationed in Nice in 1943, so before retiring in the late fifties, they purchased property on Foothill Dr. in Lucerne. After traveling in a motor home for five years, they settled down in Lucerne where Bill became a Real Estate Agent / Broker and spent thirty years working with May Noble, Broker-Owner of Noble Realty, eventually becoming Vice President. Bill and Marge have seven grandsons, one now deceased, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. They were very much loved by their grandsons who have happy memories of time spent at Clear Lake with them. Anyone who knew Bill and Marge are invited to be a guest of the family at the noon lunch at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center on Monday, June 3. Memorial gifts in Bill's honor will be gladly received by the Senior Center, P.O. Box 937, Lucerne, CA 95458. Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport, CA. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from May 25 to May 31, 2013