Robert William Jones

July 22, 1928February 13, 2014
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Bob Jones, was called home on February 13, 2014. Bob was born in Tipton, Indiana on July 22, 1928, to Wilma & Russ Jones. He was raised in the heartland where he learned a lot of values that he retained and served him well throughout life. Bob met the love of his life, Jamesetta Ray (Jones) in Tipton during the war years at the Perfect Circle Piston Ring Factory.

Jamesetta taught high school art and physical education and Bob worked while attending Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN where he earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduating he had several job offers from key industry petro-chemical giants and proudly chose Shell to start his career. His career with Shell took the family to many locations across the U.S. for work, including Texas, New York, California, New Jersey, and then back to Texas.

Jeri Jones (Wierwille), their daughter, was born in 1952 in Houston, Texas. Bill Jones, their son, was born in 1954, also in Houston. Bob worked for Shell from 1951 to 1984. He always thought it was a privilege to have work and enjoyed the challenges it presented. He was very proud to have worked for Shell for his entire career. During those years, he made many lifelong friends as the family criss-crossed the country on their company transfers. These friends became an extended family that remained with them throughout life.

He enjoyed many hobbies during his working years, and in retirement he loved sailing, stained-glass work, jewelry-making, gardening, reading, and travel. Bob had a keen sense of humor. He would help anyone and his family was paramount, as they were his pride and joy. Taking his father's lead, Bob became a Mason at an early age and recently celebrated his 60th Service Anniversary with his Masonic brothers. He was very proud of his long association with the Masons.

Bob is predeceased by his father and mother, Russell and Wilma Jones, his stepmother, Opal Jones, sisters Mary Helen James & Margaret Clary, as well as dear friends from Fowler, Indiana, Pick & Glen Richmire.

Bob leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Jamesetta Ray Jones, his daughter Jeri and husband Bob Wierwille, son Bill and wife Patricia Jones, and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to personally thank all of the in-home care professionals, hospice professionals, and neighbors that provided care, love, and assistance during Bob's illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America at, the SPCA, or charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Robert William Jones

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February 19, 2014

I worked with Bob for several years at Shell and, since we were about the same age.we had a lot in common in terms of our time line. Bob, being more liberal, nick named me "Genghas Kahn,"
Dewey Kibler, Houston, .Texas

Joanie Hanlon

February 18, 2014

It was always such a pleasure and a light in my day to see Bob out in the yard. Even years after I moved away, coming home I looked forward to the kind words and cheery greetings from Bob & Jimmie. Mr. Jones, you were a blessing to know and will be greatly missed. Love and thoughts.

samantha curkan

February 17, 2014

To Jimmy and family, our thoughts are with you. I know Bob will be missed very much. Much love Samantha and family. xoxox

February 17, 2014

In memory of a great 60 year friendship and vacations on the Jersey shore and at Pensacola with the Jones family.
Betty and Paul Coffman

February 17, 2014

In memory of a great 60 year friendship and vacations on the Jersey shore and at Pensacola with the Jones family.
Betty and Paul Coffman

Elizabeth (Bits) Legg

February 17, 2014

Bob was always so fun to talk to and gave wonderful advice. I'll miss you, Mr. Jones!

Your loving neighbor,

Betty Hanlon

February 17, 2014

Bob was the picture of the neighbor and friend everyone wishes they could have. He would regularly take the stress out of my hectic workday with his humor. He would play with our dogs and even got them to fall asleep in his lap. He was the perfect stand – in grandfather for my daughters. He had a key to our house to let them in when they misplaced theirs. He gave them sage advice, always laced with humor so it sounded very appealing. I could go on – and will during our many future visits with our dear, dear friend, Jimmie. (Jimmie, you have been equally impactful in our lives as well as being Bob's perfect partner – thank you!) We will miss Bob, but will treasure him in our memories and honor him in how we live. What a great man, husband, father and friend.

February 17, 2014

Bob was the best father-in-law a daughter-in-law could hope for. His sense of humor was infectious and he passed it down to Bill! We will miss him dearly and so will his granddogs!

Pat Jones

Janet Handley

February 16, 2014

Working with and around Bob was one of the great privileges of my time at Shell. We all worked hard, but we sure had a lot of fun too! He had a special way of 'teaching' with humor that I've never encountered before or since! He was a one-of-a-kind class act.