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  • Donald R. Jones

  • Mr. Donald R. Jones, 82, of Columbia Street, passed away in the comfort of his home, with his loving family at his side, on Friday, February 22, 2013.

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  • Mr. Donald R. Jones, 82, of Columbia Street, passed away in the comfort of his home, with his loving family at his side, on Friday, February 22, 2013.
    Don was born on January 29, 1931, in Herkimer, a son of the late Everett C. and Vera (Lawton) Jones. He graduated with the Class of 1949 at Mohawk Central School and went on to receive his teaching degree from Oswego State College. Mr. Jones was an Industrial Arts teacher in Little Falls Central School; prior to that, he taught in Broadalbin Central School and Greenwich School.
    On July 3, 1954, he and Ann Smith were married in Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk. They shared almost 59 years and, together, they raised their family in Mohawk. He adored his family and grandchildren and his favorite "child", his beloved pet "Lady".
    Mr. Jones was a member of the Mohawk Masonic Lodge, which is now merged with the West Winfield Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star, Evening Star Valley Chapter 82.
    Don loved to travel, especially to his family camp at Moorehouse. He was a member of the Triple O Travelers and the National Masonic Family Camping Club. He also enjoyed woodworking, carving, hunting and fishing.
    Don was active in the Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout. In 1952, he was the leader of a troop in Pulaski, and they attended a National Scout Jamboree in California.
    Don is survived by his loving wife, Ann; his children, Rodney M. Jones and wife, Kathleen, of Walton, NY, Douglas K. Jones and his wife, Kelly, of Nashville, TN, Daniel Jones and his wife, Pam, of Mohawk, Jeffrey C. Jones and Kelly Benoit, of Ilion, and Eric S. Jones and his wife, Cheryl, of Nashville, TN; 13 adored grandchildren and one great-grandchild; in-laws, Dick Ray and Alice and Roy Osberg; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Potter; a sister-in-law, Mary Ray; and a brother-in-law, Ken Smith.
    Don's family would like to thank Drs. Shaikh and Razia, and Hospice and Palliative Care for the outstanding care and compassion extended to him during his illness.
    Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of the Life of Don R. Jones at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (town of Frankfort), on Friday, March 1, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. His funeral with Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by the Reverend William R. Wheeler, Deacon/Vicar, on Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. in Grace Episcopal Church, Main Street, Mohawk. He will be interred in Mohawk Cemetery II, Vickerman Hill, Mohawk.
    Members of the Evening Star Valley Chapter 82 will conduct their ritualistic service at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home and the Masonic Lodge will conduct theirs at 7:00 p.m.
    Contributions in Don's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    Page 2 of 2 - The family is being served by Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Director. To add to Don's online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com.