Jimmie R. Jones

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017, our father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to Marcella S. Jones, peacefully passed away. Dad was 95 years old. All six of his children were present at his bedside.

Jimmie R. Jones was born, March 5, 1922, in Gillette, Arkansas to Ross James Jones and Imogene McDonald Jones Seiver. Dad grew up in DeWitt, a small, rural, Arkansas town which afforded him the opportunity for continual outdoor activities, which he enjoyed all his life. Jimmie was the youngest of five children. His three older sisters and one older brother preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his mother, father, and step-father David Seiver.

Dad enlisted in the United States Army less than one month after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He entered service on January 1, 1942 and received an Honorable Discharge on October 19, 1945. Dad served in Papua, New Guinea and Australia. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Star Good Conduct Medal, and Overseas Bars. Jimmie reenlisted in the Army Ready Reserve, active status, on February 20, 1951. He was Honorably Discharged on February 19, 1954. His daughter, Cecelia Madison followed his example and also served in the Army. Later, his grandson, Shane Hogsett, an Iraq veteran, and great granddaughter, Sara Ann Volk, serving on the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, United States Navy.

 

Soon after discharge Jimmie returned to college. Upon graduation, Dad moved to Montana where he met his future wife, Marcella Eder. They were married for 65 years. Dad then began employment with the BIA where he eventually retired as a land appraiser.

At the time of death, Dad was the longest surviving Master Mason of Ashlar Masonic Lodge #29, 72 years.

Surviving Jimmie are his wife of 65 years; Children: Jeanne Eder (Curt), Dana, Cecelia Madison (Clark), Carlos, Rick, and Karri Hogsett (Larry). Dad had 11 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Pops will be inurned at the Yellowstone National Cemetery, Laurel, Montana at noon on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 with full military honors. Please arrive early. A reception will immediately follow at the Laurel Masonic Lodge, 9900 Laurel Airport Road.

The Jones family would like to express their extreme gratitude for the excellent care our father received from Aspen Meadows and all the nurses, LPN’s, and CNA’s.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the charity of your choice or the Montana Historical Society, P.O. Box 201201, Helena, MT 59620.