Jack Gilbert Jones was born on Jan, 17, 1920, in Olney, Illinois, and passed away on May 14, 2012, in Pagosa Springs, Colo., at the age of 92. He was the second of nine children. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor Jones, his daughter Rebecca Sibley, son-in-law Rick Sibley, granddaughter Jane Silva, great-grandson Tommy Brockington, four brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his son Ronald R. Jones.
Jack served in France in World War II, and after the war, he married his sweetheart, Eleanor, in 1944. Jack was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 75 years.
Jack and Eleanor lived in Olney, Ill., until 1994, where they owned and ran The Town Talk Restaurant. After 35 years in the restaurant business, he retired and got into the business of leasing land in the oil fields. In Olney, they were active members of the Immanuel United Methodist Church.
In 1994, the Joneses moved to Pagosa Springs to live with their daughter and son-in-law, and in 1995 they began wintering in the warmer climate of Mesa, Ariz. In Pagosa, they joined and attended the Community United Methodist Church. Since 1995, they split their time between Mesa and Pagosa Springs, where Jack enjoyed fishing, golfing, picnicking, lunch at the senior center and the company of their many friends and family members.
Jack never met a stranger, and everyone he came in contact with became a friend. He was a loving father, a devoted husband and a good friend. Anyone who knew him would agree that he was kind, upright and a caring man of integrity and wisdom.
He will be deeply missed.