Robert A. Jones

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SIDNEY - Robert A. Jones, 78, of Sidney, formerly of Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney.
He was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Cleveland, to the late Harry P. and Catherine (Curtis) Jones. His wife, Doris (Levereaux) Jones, survives.
In addition to his wife, Doris, Mr. Jones is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Donna Jones, of Fairfax, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Jones-Logan and Matthew Logan, of Troy; two grandsons, Brandon and Zachary Jones; two granddaughters, Madailein and Catharine Logan; brother and sister-in-law, David and Betty Jones; sister-in-law, Gerry Claus and her husband, Bernie Claus, and five nephews and their wives, Doug and Toni Levereaux, Scott and Cindy Levereaux, Larry and Jennifer Jones, Brian and Suzanne Jones and Evan and Jane Jones.
Bob Jones met Doris Levereaux in youth group at Beachland Presbyterian Church and attended Collinwood High School together. They went on their first date when he was 16 and she was 14 with their good friends Dale and Maxine Foster. The four of them were part of the wedding party in each other's weddings. They would remain very good friends throughout their lives.
After high school, Bob joined the Air Force and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. His military service was a great source of pride for him, and he remained active in veterans' organizations.
After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Bob became a journeyman plumber. He was foreman for National Engineering and Contracting Company, and responsible for several large commercial construction projects in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. After working for National, Bob brought his experience to the city of Euclid by working as an employee for over 10 years at the water treatment plant helping to keep Lake Erie clean.
Bob showed his love and commitment to God, by serving the Lord in many different ways. While at Beachland Presbyterian, he served several terms on the session, and was superintendent of Sunday school. He and Doris attended all church functions and orchestrated many of them, as part of their couples group. Later, as a member of East Shore Methodist, he was active on the board of trustees and responsible for a major renovation of the sanctuary and the complete remodeling of the church's parsonage.
Bob was also an active Mason for over 52 years. The last two years, he was a member of Temperance Lodge No. 73, in Sidney; and before that he was a member of the Charles T. Raymer-Covenant Lodge No. 683, in Euclid. While at Charles Raymer he was Tyler for 18 years. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland.
Bob was a man of few words. He preferred to speak through his actions and provided loving support of his family's activities. This included his wife, Doris, and her business partner, Judy Kessler Smith, through the setup and breakdown at numerous craft shows for their company, "Smith and Jones." Bob supported his son's pursuit of Eagle Scout over several years through his encouragement and his participation on the council of Troop 322. He supported his daughter's numerous skating competitions, videotaping them all, and traveled to see her many times during her time with Disney On Ice. Bob was also an officer and test chair of the Euclid Blade and Edge Club, and he never missed her track or cross-country meets and was always helping his daughter deliver the Plain Dealer in the middle of those snowy cold winters. He expressed his love and commitment to his grandchildren in the effort that he made by traveling to see them in Illinois, Virginia, and Southwest Ohio to see them on their birthdays, christenings, and graduations.
Bob's hobbies included music, art, and musical theater. He and Doris spent time at museums, points of local and national history, and often went to see performances with friends. His love of engineering and appreciation for design was evident, as he spent many weekends attending the national car shows in Cleveland and Detroit. He also spent many Labor Day weekends at the national air show at Burke Lake Airport. He often experimented in new camera technology as this reminded him of his days in the Air Force when he supported reconnaissance missions. He also listened or watched his favorite teams; the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Bob was constantly maintaining and fixing things. He was always working on the automobiles in his garage, involving both his son and daughter and showed them the importance of maintaining equipment to save money and make things last. This carried forward when both of them became homeowners, including all of the Logans' houses in Illinois, New Jersey, and in Troy. This last one was arguably the most involved. For his son, he and his friend, Ronald Klein, spent an entire week in Virginia doing all the plumbing and electrical work for his basement remodeling project.
The family will receive friends at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Walnut St., Troy. The Memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Richard Culp officiating.
Interment will be at a later date in Acacia Masonic Memorial Park, Cleveland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following organizations and charities that Bob himself, gave of his time and resources. Any size gift is appreciated. The Dorothy Love Lifecare Fund, 3003 W. Cisco Road, Sidney, OH 45365; The American Cancer Society, In Memory of Robert Alan Jones, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206; or Air Force Museum Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1903, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433, in memory of Robert Alan Jones.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on June 18, 2013