Walter Jones - November 02, 2013
Walter Jones Jr. passed away at home in the loving care of his family and hospice on Nov. 2, 2013, at the age of 79 from pancreatic cancer.
Walter was born on May 10, 1934, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. to Walter and Agnes (Huber) Jones. Walter attended school in Arlington, Va.
Walter’s first job was in a Jewish delicatessen at the age of 10 and he also painted houses with his grandfather. Wally’s grandfather’s favorite saying was “Hard work never killed anyone” and Wally was always trying to prove him wrong!
He started work for American Airlines in August of 1952 at Washington National Airport. He also worked part time in a restaurant which is where he met his future wife, Elaine.
On Aug. 8, 1954, Walter was united in marriage to Elaine Joyce Roschewski. Wally and Elaine spent over 59 years of marriage together. To this union were born three children, Lillian of Skiatook, Okla., Randy of Villa Rica, Ga., and Chris of Sharpsburg, Ga. Their first child, Lillian, was born on his birthday in May of 1955.
In 1962 Wally transferred with American Airlines to Memphis, Tenn., and continued working in various customer service positions. One of Wally’s fond memories while working in Memphis was handling the early travel of Elvis Presley before Elvis got his own airplane.
In 1982 Wally transferred with American Airlines to Tulsa, Okla., and made his final residence in Skiatook, Okla. He retired from American on Dec. 31, 1990, with 38 years but never quit working.
Wally was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Agnes and John V. McGhee, and his father and stepmother, Walter and Alta Jones.
He is survived by his wife Elaine; daughter Lillian and son-in-law David Kress, son Randy and daughter-in-law Jeannie and son Chris and daughter-in-law Lisa; six grandchildren: grandson Matthew and his wife Heather of Villa Rica, Ga., grandson John of Glenpool, Okla., grandson Daniel and his wife Lindsay of Tulsa, Okla., grandson Mitchell of Winterville, N.C., granddaughter Carissa of Asheville, N.C., grandson Anthony of Sharpsburg, Ga., two great grandchildren: granddaughters Gracie and Maya Jones; sister Betty Lou McLaughlin of Buffalo, N.Y., brother David Jones of Choctaw, Okla., sister Georgia and husband Bob Walsh of Alexandria, Va., plus nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
Wally was always a house painter and continued his trade with his wife by his side most of the time. They both painted into their late 70s. Wally also loved cutting the grass on his tractor and splitting fire wood. Wally’s other passion was pheasant hunting. He made an annual trip in early November to Southwest Nebraska for over 50 years, faithfully chasing roosters. He was known for his generosity and sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior organization in memory of Walter Jones.
Memorial services for Wally will be held Friday morning, Nov. 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Owasso, Okla., with Pastor Mark Neumann officiating.
A private family interment will be held at a later date in Wauneta, Neb.