Robert (Bob) Jones Bob, the youngest of four children, was born in Havelock, Nebraska on September 3, 1922. His school years were spent in Nebraska City and Omaha where he graduated from Omaha Tech. In 1940 he joined his two sisters who already were living in California. The life-changing World War II motivated him to volunteer first for the Merchant Marine and then the Army Air Force, where he spent 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. After returning to California and leaving the Air Force, Bob met the challenges of higher education at Long Beach City College, USC, and Long Beach State College. He was president of the first class to graduate from the latter institution and received his BA in 1950. Following three years of teaching in the elementary schools of Upland and Norwalk, Bob returned to California State University, Long Beach, to get his MA in Education. 1954 was the beginning of Bob's 26 years of teaching in Long Beach. It was a varied career: elementary, junior high and college, regular 6th grade classes and classes for the emotionally disturbed. His favorite teaching was in the Long Beach outdoor conservation/science program on the trails of Camp Hi Hill, 4,000 feet above Pasadena. Bob married the former Margaret Busch in 1959. Since they had the same vacations from their work, it was easy to arrange for traveling. With retirement in 1980 came a change to country living in Three Rivers. Bob took advantage of the many opportunities for volunteer work and fun. He served as president of the Senior League, was an ordained elder in the Community Presbyterian Church, sang in the church choir, and assisted with Bible study and activities for youth groups. This active involvement continued at Quail Park where he moved in 2006. He enjoyed being with people and participating in exercise classes, golf putting, Wii sports, choir, and a variety of games. His friendly approach added joy and encouragement to others. During the brief illness which took his life, long-time church friend, Jacque Randolph, was the special angel who helped with his care. Bob is survived by a nephew, Jeffrey Busch, and three nieces: Margaret Belanger, Deborah Moretz, and Terry Busch. A decision on services will be made at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Community Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 685, Three Rivers, CA 93271, are suggested.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Dec. 18, 2012