Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Keith DeWitt Jones

Keith DeWitt Jones, 92, passed away on Thursday, 25 April 2013 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, Indiana. He was the son of Edgar and Alma Oyler Jones, born in Thorntown, Indiana on September 29, 1920. Keith was a third-generation member of the Masons, following his father and grandfather Thomas Robert Jones.
 
Keith lived a long, well-traveled life, growing from farm life in Boone County to taking a road trip to California at the age of 17, to later cross-country drives via RV and visits to Canada. During World War II through the 1950s, he worked at the US Naval Avionics Facility in Indianapolis. He later moved to Houston and also lived for many years in Canyon Lake, Texas before returning to Indiana. Keith managed a petrochemical cleaning business in Houston (working at NASA and with the oil industry). Keith had a passion for art and collecting stories, and was noted for his model boat building in later years. One of his hand-built boats is now on display at the Indiana Masonic Home.

Keith was preceded in death by his first wife Blanche O'Brien Jones in 1960, second wife Betty Jeanne Reynolds Jones in 2008, and older brother Robert P. Jones in 2011.

He is survived by son Keith Douglas Jones (Barbara), grandchildren Patrick Jones (Allison) and Laura Jones, and great-grandchildren Sophia Jones and Silas Jones.
 
Contributions may be made in his name to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, Inc., 525 N. Illinois St., Box 44210 46244-0210.

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