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Jacob Anthony "Tony" de Jonckheere

1914 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Jacob Anthony "Tony" de Jonckheere Obituary
JACOB ANTHONY "TONY" DE JONCKHEERE Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Jacob Anthony "Tony" de Jonckheere, age 100, of Riverside, CA, entered eternal life on Sunday, March 22, 2015 surrounded by his family. Jacob was born on August 20, 1914, in Riverside, California, the second of four children Leona, Eric, and Mauvis born to Anthony and Nora G. de Jonckheere. Tony was a true native of Riverside, CA; was born and lived here his entire life with his wife Ruth. While at the beach, he met and fell in love with his wife of 65 years, Ruth Agnes Sallot. They were married on July 10, 1943 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Riverside. Tony graduated from Poly High, and worked for Lockheed Aircraft Company during World War II as a welder and metalsmith for seven years. In 1945 he started studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts in 1950. After graduating, he started his twenty-six year teaching career with Riverside Unified School District, teaching woodshop, metalshop, and drafting at Chemawa Jr. High School, and later math at Central Jr. High School. Tony retired in 1976, and continued to substitute teach for several years. After Tony retired, he and Ruth enjoyed several years of travel in their motorhome throughout the southwestern states with their sons and grandchildren. They also traveled to South America, especially Chile, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, and the Hawaiian Islands. Tony loved being with his family, traveling and camping, amateur radio, building projects in metal and wood, and most of all, God. Tony was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church for 60 years. He especially enjoyed spending time with his three granddaughters and his great grandson. His family and friends will always remember his ability to put a smile on anyone's face, even a stranger, with his friendliness and silly antics. He will also be remembered as a loving, supportive, and extremely loyal husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who was always there for his family no matter what the circumstance. Tony loved building and flying model airplanes. He built many large four to six foot wingspan model planes that were "free-flight" since there were no electronic remote control systems in those days. Once in the air, they flew without assistance and sometimes traveled several miles depending on winds. Flying and chasing the planes was almost as much fun as building them. In later years, Tony skillfully built and flew radio-control planes. Tony is survived by his sons, Paul (Susan) and Bruce (Debbie) de Jonckheere; three granddaughters, Amy (Devin) Thoms, Melissa and Ashley de Jonckheere; great grandson Aiden Thoms, as well as many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth. Tony enjoyed life to the fullest and the memories he created for our family are endless. He is dearly loved and will live forever in our hearts. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 4pm-8pm at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer, 7944 Magnolia Ave in Riverside, and Rosary at 6 pm. Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 3774 Jackson Street in Riverside. Interment will follow at Olivewood Cemetery, 3300 Central, Riverside.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 5, 2015
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