Gary Wayne Jones, Sr. of Edgar Springs, Mo., formerly of Chaffee, Mo., was born on Friday, May 1, 1936, in Chaffee. He passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at his residence at the age of 85 years and 24 days.
He grew up in Chaffee 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, Mo., and then his masters from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He married the love of his life, Judith K. Crump, on March 7, 1961, in St. Louis, Mo., and to this union three sons were born.
After retiring from the Navy, Gary went to work for Jewish Hospital in St. Louis 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. 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 dearly loved his grandchildren and spending time with them.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judith Crump Jones; sons Gary (Jill) Jones Jr. of Washington, DC, Kevin (Charlene) Jones of Edgar Springs, and Brian (Molly) Jones of St. Charles; grandchildren Emily Jones of St. Louis and Drew (Taylor) Jones of Troy; great-grandchild Carter Daniel Jones of Troy; other relatives and friends.
A graveside service was held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery – Ft. Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo., with full military honors with Rev. Spencer Hutson officiating.
Pallbearers are Gary Jones Jr., Kevin Jones, Brian Jones, Drew Jones, Rory Kauffman and Stan Taylor.
All arrangements are under the care of Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, Mo.