Robert Jones, age 96, went home to be with the Lord on June 26, 2020.
Born in Akron, Ohio, on March 12, 1924, he was a lifelong resident of the Akron area. He graduated from South High School in Akron and served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II under General Patton. He retired from Ohio Bell Telephone Company (AT&T) after 37 years of service.
His first big accomplishment was receiving his Eagle Scout Award, and was also awarded Life Scout Status. He went on to be a Scout Master for a Cub Scout Troop at the Episcopal Church on North Hill, worked at Camp Manatoc and mentored many scouts.
Robert was a life member of Miller Ave. United Church of Christ serving as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Consistory President, Business Manager, Building Fund Chairman, Youth Counselor and Choir member.
He was a past president of the Akron Council of the Telephone Pioneers and assisted for a time in publishing the Akron Pioneer newsletter.
Robert organized and also served as president of the 120th Army Anti-Aircraft Battalion Reunion group. One of the highlights for the group was touring the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He also was a member of the Mt. Akra Masonic Lodge #680, (formerly W. Edwin Palmer Lodge #718) and Valley of Akron, A.A.S.R. Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
Robert enjoyed traveling through all fifty states, Canada and Europe. He was also a jack of all trades—Mr. Fix-It--and enjoyed helping other people with their projects.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emma Frances Graham Jones and Omer Guy Jones; his brother, Harold (Polly) Jones Sr.; and his sisters, Gladys (Donald) Jones and Virginia (Robert) Zimmer.
He is survived by his loving wife Gwendolyn May (Neal) Jones, happily married for close to 74 years; brother, Norman (Ernasteen) Jones; children, Larry (Carmella) Jones, Gary Jones, Debbie (Larry) White; grandchildren, Melissa (Charles) Schaefer, Mark (Georgie Mazaris) White, Jason (Shannon) White, Michael (Bethany) Jones; honorary son, Hank Weller; honorary grandchildren, Robin (Judi Jenkins) Stecyk, Ken (Karolina) Caston and nine great grandchildren.
We cannot thank The Homestead at GentleBrook enough for their loving care of him. They treated him like family for nearly three years.
Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Uniontown. All attending will be required to wear a mask, and we will be observing social distancing.
A private Celebration of Life Service officiated by Homestead Chaplain John Diller and Rev. Cathy Arble will be held on Thursday, July 2, live streaming on Hopkins Lawver Facebook beginning at 9:30 a.m. Music at 10:15 a.m. followed by the service at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Miller Ave. United Church of Christ, 1095 Edison Ave., Akron, OH 44301 or Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
(Hopkins Lawver, UNIONTOWN, 330-733-6271)