Alfred Jones
1920 - 2011
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Alfred Curtis Jones

April 18, 1920 - March 11, 2011

SALEM - Al Jones was born in Chanute, Kansas. He married Mildred Lowrey in 1946. She preceded him in death in 2005. Al attended Pittsburg Teachers College in 1940-41 enlisting in the Army immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack. He served 51 months in the infantry in the South Pacific, fighting in the Philippines where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He continued his service in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Col.

In 1947, Al graduated from the Univ. of Missouri with a degree in journalism. He was sports editor in Nampa and Boise, Idaho from 1947-53, and the Capital Journal in Salem, OR from 1953-57. Al, or A.C. to his many friends, continued reporting and writing feature articles for the Capital Journal until his retirement in 1980.

Always on the go, he continued his work as Administrative Asst. to State Historical Properties until 1988. Al was past President of Marion Co. Historical Society, and was known as the expert in local history in Salem and Marion County, authoring many publications. He compiled numerous historical slide shows to present to community groups and organizations around the Salem area. In 2002 he was awarded the Vern Miller Key Citizen award.

Alfred's love of people was evident in his nature, acts of kindness and volunteer work. He was very active in the church, attending First Christian Church and was a tenor in the choir.

Survivors include sons, Jeffrey C. and Todd A. Jones; daughter-in-law, Melissa Jones; granddaughters, Amy Jones and Katie Gravdahl; and two great-granddaughters.

A Memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE, Salem.

Contributions may be made in his honor to the Willamette Heritage Center.


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Published in The Statesman Journal on Mar. 17, 2011.
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March 11, 2019
Al was a wonderful friend and colleague at the Capital Journal. Milly made my election night calls for results an event to look forward to having both are sorely missed.
Chuck Bennett
Friend
May 17, 2011
Our family was enriched by Uncle Alfred and his extensive knowledge of the things that mattered. His passing removes one of the best of the remaining members of the "greatest generation."

Colonel and Mrs. Louis Dechert, "Terry and Marietta"
Louis Dechert
March 24, 2011
My mother and I both worked with Al for years at the newspapers. He was a great guy. Fun to be around, witty and wise. He will be missed.
Robin Beals Olheiser
March 18, 2011
I was a member of the SJ Reader's Panel in 1989 when Al came to speak to us. He talked about one of his elementary school teachers, who said, "Alfred, you should become a journalist." After he found out what the word meant, he decided that she was right. I enjoyed that story, and, like the story that Peter Wong recently wrote about, the thought that a teacher made a difference in a young man's life.

Al, from what I knew, was a walking history book. If you wanted to know about Salem, you asked Al.

He left his mark on this town, and he will be sorely missed.
Tim McFarland
March 18, 2011
Major Al Jones (MCHS 2007.001.0456)
We feel very lucky we get to see Al's name nearly every day. His commitment to and passion for the history of this area will live on through the thousands of images and notes he saved for future generations. Our thoughts are with you during this time.
Willamette Heritage Center Staff
March 18, 2011
Mr. Jones was a wonderful, precious man. Our lives have been blessed to have known him. Our hearts are with each of you.
Diane Gatlin O'Brien
March 17, 2011
We will miss our longtime friend and colleague Al Jones. Our paths first crossed in the 1970's as fellow journalists at the Capital Journal and from there our friendship grew as we shared our love of the British Isles. We long admired Al's commitment to saving the pictorial history of Salem and Oregon. Dear Al you will always be missed.
Chuck and Cherie Bennett
March 17, 2011
Our love and sympathy to each member of the family. We loved Al, too.
Craig, Becky and Jordan Johnson - Salem FCC
March 17, 2011
You were an amazing and extremely influential person in my life. I will miss you until we see each other again. You will always be in my heart.
Amy Jones
March 17, 2011
Katie, Alfred, and Amy.
You were the best grandpa anyone could ask for! I love you soo much!
Katie Gravdahl
March 17, 2011
Precious Al. What a gift you always gave....CAMERA SHOTS! Thank you for such wonderful memories we can cherish with the photographs you took and shared! Glory to God in your homecoming and love on that Millie of yours! See you on the over side some day! ~Mrs. Kim, Joe and Tony Resch - Salem FCC
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