NORTH CLARENDON - Wayne H. Jones of North Clarendon, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at his home of the past 33 years. Wayne was born in Granville, New York, April 19, 1929, the son of John and Gladys (McNeil) Jones. He attended Granville High School before receiving, at the age of 17, early entry into the U.S. Navy, of which he was a World War II era veteran. Wayne saw much of the world during these years, serving on a tanker delivering fuel for the post-war effort.
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Wayne married Beverly Wetherby of Danby on February 4, 1950. They celebrated their 62nd anniversary this past winter.
Wayne's professional life was primarily focused on the auto body business (training acquired through the newly established G.I. Bill), eventually establishing and serving as the long-standing owner of Wayne's Body Shop and Used Cars in North Clarendon. Wayne's work ethic made him an excellent role model for many young individuals he employed who would eventually own businesses of their own. Professional acquaintances fondly remember that Wayne loved to kick a few tires and engage in some good, old fashioned bartering. Along this line, Wayne will be remembered by all who knew him for his playful sarcasm and wit.
Wayne and Beverly enjoyed spending their free time in their early years refurbishing homes, gardening, camping and snowmobiling. Wayne was also an avid NASCAR and Bill Elliot fan. Wayne later took great pleasure along with Beverly in taking frequent trips to Maine, boating and enjoying time with their four children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren at their home, as well as their summer camp on the lake.
Surviving Wayne are his wife, Beverly of North Clarendon; three daughters, Deborah (and Jack) Perry of Ira, Gail (and Dan) LeCours of St. Albans and Linda (and Jim) Austin of Wallingford, and one son, Gary (and Nancy) Jones of North Clarendon; also, grandchildren Todd Smith, Julie Grandchamp, Tim Smith, Stephen Perry and Lucas LeCours. Wayne is also survived by great-grandchildren Brandon Coburn, Kaelob Smith, Kam Smith, Izabella Smith, Maddie Smith, Owen Smith and Ryan Smith; and last, but not least, his devoted canine friend, Dakota. Wayne was predeceased by a brother, John E. Jones, and his two sisters, Dorothy Pettitt and Anita Weir.
There are no visiting hours or funeral services planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contributions may be made to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, PO Box 787, Rutland, VT 05702; or the Rutland County Humane Society, Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.
Published in Rutland Herald from June 28 to June 29, 2012