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Myers-Reed Chapel

3729 25th Street, Columbus, IN

OBITUARY

Raymond Gaddis Jones

February 8, 1930May 30, 2020
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Raymond Gaddis Jones, age 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, May 30, 2020, at Four Seasons Retirement Center, Columbus, Indiana.

He was born on February 8, 1930 in Columbus, Indiana to the late E. Curtis and Margaret Jones. He and his late wife, Vivian, were married for 59 years and were members of First Lutheran Church.

Raymond “Ray” Jones grew up in Florida and graduated from Lakeland High School. He served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree and Indiana University with a Master of Science degree.

He taught in Columbus, Indiana, for 33 years and retired in 1991. He cared deeply about his students and the teachers that he worked with throughout his career and always enjoyed seeing them in town after retirement.

On April 26, 1957, Ray married his beloved wife, the late Vivian Irene (Hanson) Jones.

He is survived by his daughter, Christine (Jones) McGown, and her husband, Richard; his grandchildren, David McGown and Jessica McGown; siblings, Edward C. Jones and Eleanor (Jones) Glick; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Ray loved his family and he enjoyed all gatherings together.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert “Bob” Jones.

Ray was an active member of First Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir. He was an avid woodworker and fisherman, sang with the Barbershop Chorus, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, honored his military service with a trip to Washington, D.C. with Indy Honor Flight, and was a loving father, grandfather, and neighbor.

A private burial will be held in Columbus with a memorial service to be held later.

In his memory, donations may be made to First Lutheran Church in Columbus, Indiana and Indy Honor Flight at http://www.indyhonorflight.org.

Myers-Reed Chapel is serving the Jones family.

  • FAMILY

  • Vivian Irene Jones, Wife (deceased)
  • Christine McGown (Richard), Daughter
  • David McGown, Grandson
  • Jessica McGown, Granddaughter
  • Edward C. Jones, Brother
  • Eleanor Glick, Sister
  • Mr. Jones is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services

  • Private Graeside Service

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Jackie Graham/Burton

June 6, 2020

Christine, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your family were always good neighbors to my parents.

Beth (Jones) Sakhidel Hovasin

June 4, 2020

My Dear Sweet Family,
I'm so sad at the loss of dear Uncle Ray. I was thirteen when we lost Great, Grandma Jones (G.G.), and we traveled up to Indiana, during the school year, for her funeral. I had a science project I had to work on and Uncle Ray was just the man to help me. I needed leaves and their scientific names. He and I walked the neighborhood, picking leaves and hearing his amazing insight and knowledge. He was so captivating and clear. He made learning exciting. His gentle nature and smile never faded. He was always a gem and a beautiful soul. He also shared "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and he was awesome at singing it to me.
Bless you all. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Matt Johnson

June 4, 2020

Randall May

June 2, 2020

Christine & family:
Time passes by, and then you're caught by surprise as I was in hearing about your father's death. Thanks for sharing those photos online of your family. I knew you and your parents from First Lutheran back in the 70s & 80s. I had not known about your mother's passing. My condolences to you all for the loss of them both. To me, Ray was always warm, sensitive, observant, funny, and a dedicated choir member. But the thing I will always remember the most about your parents is their quiet acts of thoughtful compassion. Take care.

Judy (Graham) Watson

June 2, 2020

Christine, I lived next door to you (my parents were Don and Mary Jane Graham). I loved your father's impromptu astronomy lessons. I learned so much from him. I haven't been in Columbus for years, but have fond memories of Riverside Dr. I am sorry for your loss and will say a prayer for the family. Judy

David Swift

June 2, 2020

In 1972 , myself a student at Central Jr. High School, I was a Teachers Aid for Mr. Jones for one of his Special Education Science classes. I enjoyed being an Aid for Mr. Jones and he was My favorite all time Teachers. Cheers Mr. Jones.

Janice May

June 1, 2020

I belonged to First Lutheran for many, many years ... sang in the choir, was in Bible Study, and served on many committees with Ray. Ray and Vivian were so very kind to me when I needed support ... I will never forget their love. Ray, Vivian and Dorothy Kennedy drove to my home church in southern Indiana to attend my mother's funeral. I could go on and on about this man. I loved seeing your posted pictures. He loved "his" daughter very much; moreover, from the pictures, you continued to put joy in his life. God's Peace, Janice May

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