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Gordon Edward Jones


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Gordon Edward Jonesy' Jones August 8, 1922 - August 24, 2018 Chula Vista Gordon Edward Jones "Jonesy" passed away in his home on the morning of August 24, 2018, after a full life of 96 years. He was born August 8, 1922 to Annetta Hogue and Harold Sinker Rossum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During his elementary school years, he was raised with his two brothers, Earl and Reginald, by his single mother in Dividing Creek, New Jersey. The family later moved to Wildwood, New Jersey, where Jonesy attended high school. At the end of his Junior year, he was given permission to leave school to join the Navy to support his family financially. He attended boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, and later returned to graduate with his class in his Naval uniform. Jonesy's first duty station was Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, as an aviation electronics technician. Six days after arrival, on a lazy Sunday morning, Kaneohe was bombed in the first attack on Pearl Harbor, which changed his life and the life of many others. He ran for cover, and could hear the pinging of bullets on the hanger stairs where he hid. He was involved in efforts to rescue the PBY seaplanes from the water before they could be strafed. They were ordered to douse their white uniforms in coffee to reduce the visual target. His brother Earl, also at Kaneohe, was injured in the attack. As WWII continued, Jonesy repaired US aircraft on many islands across the Pacific as the war raged there. Following the war, Jonesy was stationed at Whidbey Island in Washington State. It was here in 1946 where he met and married his wife Georgia. He was transferred to Kodiak, Alaska, and Dahlgren, Virginia, where his three children were born. His family accompanied to him to all of his duty stations, including the Canal Zone, Panama, and Key West, Florida. Just ten years after the war, Jonesy was sent to Atsugi, Japan, as the American representative to oversee production of electronics at Tokyo Aircraft Company. While in Japan he traveled with his family, and even climbed to the top of Mt Fuji. Jonesy's military duties enabled the family to travel to Trinidad, Okinawa, Formosa, and Cuba, before being stationed at North Island Naval Air Station and settling in Chula Vista for 60 years. Upon his retirement from the Navy, he worked at Convair and Civil Service at North Island. Jonesy was very active in family activities, becoming the first male to become the PTA president of his children's school. He was chief of the Seminole Tribe with YMCA Indian Guides. He was up at dawn filming his two daughters' drill team; he was on the field taping ankles of his son's football team. Kids from the high school congregated at his home, always welcome. In 2013, Jonesy and Beverly were set up by their kids for their first date. At the ages of 85 and 80, they were married. It was a beautiful marriage filled with love, laughs, and caring. Jonesy was an active member in the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, where he later became its president. He petitioned Congress and wrote many, many letters to different Congressmen asking to name a ship after the attack on Pearl Harbor, so as to "Never Forget." Finally, on December 7, 1992, President Bush announced that a ship would be called the Pearl Harbor. Jonesy attended the commissioning at North Island, and with each embankment and return, he was there to meet the crew. Up until two days before his passing, he met weekly with his Pearl Harbor buddies for old movies, junk food, and laughs. Most importantly, Jonesy will be remembered for his kindness and compassion to all people. Not a day went by without him expressing his love for his family, his gratitude that his kids were teachers, and for the opportunities the Navy gave him. Jonesy was predeceased by his wife Georgia "Mertz" Jones in 1999. He leaves behind his wife of ten years, Beverly Ross Jones, his three children, daughters Andy Jones and Vicki Jones-Pittman, son Greg Jones (Janell); seven grandchildren, Jesse, Tara, Brittany, Julian, Alana, Drew, and Garrett; and two great-grandchildren, Ronan and Lucy. A public Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 10:00, on the flight deck of the USS Midway, 910 Harbor Drive, San Diego.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 16, 2018
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