1-24-23 ~ 03-21-10
Earl (Rex) Jones, born in Volin, South Dakota on January 24th 1923 to Earl and Anna Jones; passed peacefully
from this life on March 21st, 2010 at the age of 87.
Rex followed his younger sister Helene here sixty years ago and made Walla Walla his home. As a young man he was employed on area farms and the Civilian Conservation Corps and later by the Northern Pacific Railroad. He joined the Walla Walla Fire Department September 17, 1950 and retired as Captain on September 26, 1975. He was also a talented wood craftsman and worked for Ernie Buttice Construction in Walla Walla.
He married Mary Colleen Carr, January 24, 1944 and had four children. Later divorced and married Josie Munger on November 5th, 1964 who also had four children and blended their families for the past 46 years.
His love of railroading led to his passion and enthusiasm for his model train collection. He enjoyed traveling the country locating and riding on modern and historical railroads. Rex spent much of his summers fishing and camping at Central Ferry with friends and family.
Rex had been a member the following organizations: The Walla Walla Elks Club, BPOE Lodge 287, - International Association of Fire Fighters Local #404, and the Walla Walla Valley Model Railroad Club.
Rex Jones is survived by his beloved sister Helene Kenney (Walla Walla) and six children, Jack Jones (Rosemary), Mary Kay Anderson, Lynda Fitzsimmons (Mike), Tom Jones (Michele), Jennie Engen and Russell Jones and John Martin, son in law. He has numerous grandchildren and great grand children, of whom he could name each one!
He was preceded in death by 2 children, Daniel Jones and Marilyn Martin.
My life's been full; I savored much - Good Friends, Good Times, A Loved Ones Touch….
Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in the Renaissance Room, Thursday March 25th, 2010. Walla Walla Fire Department Chaplain, Steven Woolley officiating.
Special thanks and gratitude to the care staff at Regency at the Park.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorial contributions be made to the Walla Walla Fire Fighters Children's Benefit Fund at 200 S 12th Avenue, Walla Walla.