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RICHARD MILTON JONES Pioneer, WWII Veteran, Citrus Grower, Commercial Fishing Business and Professional Fishing Guide. Richard Milton Jones went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on March 26, 2011, at the age of 92 years. He was born on March 8, 1919, and resided all of his life at the family pioneer homestead (with the exception of his service years during WWII) on Historic Jungle Trail, which is on Orchid Island, in Vero Beach, Florida. Richard was preceded in death by his father Timothy Milton (1877-1955), mother Hoyetta Mae (1893-1968), sister Marie Jewel (1913-2003), sister Wynona Mae (1913-2005) and Mary Elizabeth Jones (1922-2009, his loving wife of over 61 years) and is survived by his niece Tina Diane Bickart, niece Dr. Suzanne Queen Hoffman and nephew John Robert "Bobby" Newberry, Jr. As a young man, Richard served in the United States Army in WWII and received the Good Conduct Medal, European/Mediterranean Theatre Ribbon and Two Bronze Stars. He served in the Campaigns of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Upon his return home, Richard and Mary were married. They worked side by side in their citrus grove, fruit stand, and dock as well as their commercial fishing venture and his fishing guide service. In recent years, Richard and Mary agreed upon the sale of their property to Indian River County and the Nature Conservancy. Their property is recognized as a Historic Pioneer Family Home (on the now famous Jungle Trail, which has been adopted as a Florida Greenway) and Grove and a 100-Year Farm Family and will be forever preserved as a Historic Florida County Park/Conservation Land Site, which will belong to the citizens of Indian River County and the general public for perpetuity. Richard (who was a Deacon) and Mary were both active members of the First Baptist Church of Wabasso, Florida, for over 34 years. Services for Richard Milton Jones will be held as follows: Visitation Services: Will be held on Friday - April 1, 2011, at the Strunk Funeral Home, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, Florida, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Funeral Services: Will be held on Saturday - April 2, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Wabasso, 4720 86th Street, Wabasso, Florida, at 10:00 A.M., followed by an on-site Burial Service with Full Military Honors at Winter Beach Cemetery (which is between 70th and 71st Streets west of Old Dixie Highway in Winter Beach, Florida) and closed with a Remembrance and Celebration of Life Reception in the Dubose Hall, which is located at the First Baptist Church in Wabasso. Donations: The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Richard's memory to the First Baptist Church of Wabasso, 4720 86th Street, Wabasso, Florida 32958. You may sign a guest book on-line at www. strunkfuneralhome.com. paid obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 30, 2011
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