GEORGE JAMES JONES

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GEORGE JAMES JONES Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home George passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday May 4, 2016 in Kennewick, Washington. George was born, depending on which birth certificate you look at on February 16, 1916 or January 16, 1917, to parents Ernest and Mabel Jones in Humeston, Iowa. He had a sister, Elma and a brother Donald. When George was three years old the family moved to Derby, Iowa. Then moving on to Indianola, Iowa where he went through the sixth grade, the family then moved to Idaho in 1928. The family didn't have much money so his dad built a house on the bed of the 1922 Model T, it was the first homemade camper. It took them eleven days to make the journey to Idaho. They settled in Kendrick, Idaho, where the family lived on a farm with 250 acres. He first learned to drive a tractor when he was 12 years old. The family moved into a two-room building with no plumbing, no insulation and outhouse in the back. George met Maxine Keene when they were in high school together and both graduated in 1934. In the fall of l935 George and Maxine both went to the University of Idaho, she studied pharmacy, he trying to study and work at the same time. In 1936 he went to Shawnee, Oklahoma to live for a short time. He worked nights as a janitor and doing other odd jobs. Then he came down with a bad case of malaria. He went back home until he got better then he went back to the University of Idaho. He went to work at the Department of Agriculture office, in the office downstairs was a large office building where Maxine Keene was working as a pharmacist in the drugstore. They were married in September of 1939. They bought a drugstore where they both worked for seven years. Daughters George-Anne and Penny were born there. The family then moved to Kennewick, WA. in 1947, where he built Jones Frozen Food Lockers. Settling there and finally retiring, George decided to get involved in his community and do some fundraising. Maxine passed away in 2001. In 2004 George married Pat Johnstone, together they traveled, enjoyed working for their community and just had fun. He enjoyed being on the Family Health Center board while the building was under construction. Shortly after this was completed the East Benton County Historical Museum was started, he helped raise money to get the building built. George served as a Port of Kennewick Commissioner for 12 years. He was a past member of the City of Kennewick Planning Commission and a member of the Consumer Credit Counseling. He served as a board member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the TRIDEC board of Directors. He joined the Masons and has been a Shriner for more than 60 years. He put on clinics to get children into the Shrine Hospital. One of the things he enjoyed the most was transporting local children to the Shrine Hospital in Spokane. He was named Shriner of the Year for the El Katif in Spokane. He received two outstanding awards, Kennewick Man of the Year in 1978 and Tri-Citian of the Year in 1997. He worked hard to get Kennewick General Hospital built and was fortunate to help raise funds for the new Trios Hospital. He has been a (KGH) Trios Foundation board member for many years. He has served on the Tri-Cities Cancer Board from the beginning. If you ever came across George, he was probably selling raffle tickets for one thing or another. He didn't just sell one ticket, he sold a book. George was a man you did not tell "no". He was a 65+ year member of Kennewick Kiwanis. He recruited over half of the members in the club. He said, "you just have to ask". His biggest project for the Kiwanis was to work on some of the outbuildings for the fair. In 2014 he was Grand Marshall for the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo. George is survived by his wife Pat, daughters George-Anne Kintzley (Dale) and Penny Bayman (Bob); three grandsons, Lee, (Fiona) Rance (Karen) and Roy (Heather); three great-grandchildren, Robert, Jackson and Madison; stepson Steve & Sandy Doyle, their son Matt, stepson Mike & Renee Doyle, their son Trevor and their daughter Madison; all of the many cousins and especially all of the Keene Family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation, Trios Foundation or Shrine Hospital in Spokane. The family would like to thank Canyon Lakes R&R for the care while George was there and to Ray who came every day. Visitations will be Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union in Kennewick. Graveside services with Masonic Rites will be Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick. A Memorial service will be Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2 South Dayton, Kennewick The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald from May 8 to May 9, 2016