Waldo D. Jones
Waldo D. Jones, 87, of Middletown, DE passed away peacefully on Christmas morning, December 25, 2020.
Wally was born in Pittsburgh, PA to David and Marie (nee. Herrmann) Jones on August 7, 1933. He grew up in Mount Lebanon, PA and attended Miami University of Oxford in Ohio where he received his BS in Business. Upon graduation he was awarded the Navy ROTC Scholarship and the rank of Ensign. After enlisting in the Navy he attended flight school in Pensacola, FL and earned his Naval Aviator Wings. He completed his airship training in Glynco, GA and became a blimp pilot stationed in Lakehurst, NJ.
After serving his country he entered the business world and was employed by SKF Industries in Philadelphia for over 35 years. After retirement Wally enjoyed spending the winters in Florida.
He had many interests including gardening and loved African Violets (which he grew by the score), bird watching, reading, and Civil War history. He was a member of the Sons of the Civil War and the Civil War Roundtable. He also enjoyed taking courses at University of Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning. He loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by Lillian Ferguson-Wassam, his wife of 16 years. He leaves two sons from his first marriage, Waldo Jr., and David W. and his wife Rose.
Wally was married to Dolores Ince in Bayonne, NJ for over 30 years until her death in 1994. He also leaves two grandchildren, Melanie and Patrick Jones, and 8 step-grandchildren, two brothers, Karl F. and Ronald W. Jones, and a sister, Janet Boe and her husband Alan. He is also survived by three stepchildren, Robert Ferguson and his wife JoAnn, Jeanne Carroll and her husband David, and Julie Lafon and her husband Russell.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 North Broad Street, Middletown, DE from 12noon to 1pm, with the service starting at 1pm. Burial with Military Honors will be held (privately) at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE Services will be available via Zoom. See details on the website obituary at Daniels-Hutchison.com
His love of life, warm disposition and wonderful sense of humor will be long remembered and greatly missed.