Gary Wayne Jones Sr. of Edgar Springs, Missouri, formerly of Chaffee, Missouri, was born on Friday, May 1, 1936 in Chaffee, Missouri and passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the age of 85 years and 24 days.
He grew up in Chaffee, Missouri and graduated from Chaffee High School.
In 1954, Gary joined the US Navy. He rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his years in the military, spent time in Japan and was detached from the Navy to the Marine Corps as a Navy Corpsman. After 20 years in the service, he retired in 1974.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri and then his masters from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
He married Judith K. Crump, on March 7, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri.
After retiring from the Navy, Gary went to work for Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri as a Director of Environmental Services for several years. He then worked as a Service Officer for the American Legion until his retirement.
Gary was a member of the Chaffee Masonic Lodge No. 615 AF & AM and a member of the Scottish Rite in St. Louis, Missouri. He had accepted the Lord early in life and attended the First United Methodist Church of Chaffee for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith Crump Jones; sons, Gary (Jill) Jones Jr. of Washington, DC, Kevin (Charlene) Jones of Edgar Springs, Missouri and Brian (Molly) Jones of St. Charles, Missouri; grandchildren, Emily Jones of St. Louis, Missouri and Drew (Taylor) Jones of Troy, Missouri; great grandchild, Carter Daniel Jones of Troy, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Graveside service with full military honors was held at noon on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery - Ft. Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Missouri with Rev. Spencer Hutson officiating.
Pallbearers were Gary Jones Jr., Kevin Jones, Brian Jones, Drew Jones, Rory Kauffman and Stan Taylor.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.