OBITUARY

Richard D. Jones

July 12, 1946April 25, 2018
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Richard Dennis Jones, 71 of Alvin, Texas formerly of Buckholts, Texas passed away April 25, 2018 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron, Texas. Burial will follow at Hope Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery in Buckholts, Texas. Richard was born on July 12, 1946 in Houston, TX to Morris and Martha Tomasek Jones. He was a member of the US Navy serving in Vietnam and Morocco, North Africa. He married Norma Barkemeyer on May 23, 1977. He earned his associates degree from Blinn College, his BS degree in Wildlife from Texas A&M University and his Masters degree in Range Management from Sul Ross State University. He was a Range Conservationist for the federal government serving in several states. Later he owned his own business, Jones-Smith Environmental Services in Alvin, Texas. Richard is survived by his wife, Norma Jones, daughters, Jennifer Wall, Stephanie Jones and Joanna Veal, sister, Linda Culp, brothers, Morris Jones, Michael Jones and Matthew Jones, five granddaughters and one grandson.

  • FAMILY

  • Norma Jones, Wife
  • Jennifer Wall, Daughter
  • Stephanie Jones, Daughter
  • Joanna Veal, Daughter
  • Shannon Wall, Son-in-law
  • Heath Hughling, Son-in-law
  • Justin Veal, Son-in-law
  • Morris Jones, Brother
  • Allen Jones, Brother
  • Michael Jones, Brother
  • Matthew Jones, Brother
  • Linda Culp, Sister
  • Martha Lee Tomasek, Mother
  • Morris Jones, Father
  • Rhiannon Payne, Granddaughter
  • Jaina Veal, Granddaughter
  • Alyssa Wall, Granddaughter
  • Jolee Veal, Granddaughter
  • Austin Wall, Grandson
  • Saylor Hughling, Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Justin Veal , Pallbearer
  • Shannon Wall , Pallbearer
  • Heath Hughling , Pallbearer
  • Rick Ingram , Pallbearer
  • Michael Jones, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Jones, Pallbearer
  • Alan Barkemeyer, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Morris Jones, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 30, 2018
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Biography

      Richard D. Jones was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Morris Marvin Jones and Martha Lee Tomasek Jones. Richard was raised in Houston, Beaumont and Buckholts, Texas. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Jones household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Richard was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Richard was raised with five siblings. He had one older sister, one older brother and three younger brothers. Richard was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Richard and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Richard was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Richard was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Richard developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Richard took part in baseball, basketball and football. In his spare time he liked hike in the woods, hunt and fish. Richard's memorable achievements included completing a correspondence course on animal taxidermy at the age of fifteen. However, what Richard enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Richard as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Buckholts High School in Buckholts, Texas in 1965. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Texas History. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Leon Brady. He was an avid sports player participating in track, basketball, and football making All-district End his Senior year. Richard was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Richard always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Richard handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Richard was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Richard was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Richard well during his college experience. He earned his AA from Blinn College in 1972 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife from Texas A&M University in 1974. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters in Range Management from Sul.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Richard was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Richard was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Richard to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Lawence Hanke, Leland Janes, and Jimmy Prater. Later in life, he became good friends with Ron Brinkly and Charles Sullivan.

      On May 23, 1977 Richard exchanged wedding vows with Norma Jo Barkemeyer at the City Hall of Georgetown, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Norma, Richard held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Norma and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Richard brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Richard was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Richard was blessed with three children, three daughters, Jennifer, Stephanie and Joanna. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Rhiannon Payne, Alyssa and Austin Wall, Saylor Hughling, Jaina and Jolee Veal.

      Richard greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Richard enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Richard was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was as a Range Conservationist. He was employed by the federal government as a Range Conservationist for 20 years. He was the owner of Jones/Smith Environmental Service for 15 years. Richard worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Richard was a Navy veteran. He was in the Navy from 1967 to 1970. He served one year in Viet Nam and three years in Morocco, North Africa. Richard saw action for a year in Viet Nam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of E-5. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Richard seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Richard liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Richard always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were fly tying, fishing and hunting. Richard was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Richard found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Richard played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. In his college years, Richard worked to put himself through school so he had little time for extra curricular activities. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were fishing and hunting.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Richard as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Richard was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Richard was a member of the Future Farmers of America. Throughout his later years, Richard was an active member of the Society of Range Management.

      Richard enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Richard appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Richard always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included touring Europe after he was released from the Navy.

      Richard was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Richard’s favorites was Scamp a Brittany Spaniel. They were best friends for 3 years.

      When Richard’s retirement finally arrived in 2009, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. He retired to Alvin, Texas. Even in retirement, Richard continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Richard D. Jones passed away on April 25, 2018 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Richard fought a six year battle against Acute Myeloid Luekemia. He is survived by his wife Norma, daughters Jennifer Wall, Stephanie Jones and Joanna Veal and his grandchildren Rhiannon Payne, Alyssa and Austin Wall, Saylor Hughling, Jaina and Jolee Veal, his sister Linda Culp, Brothers Morris, Michael and Morris Jones. Services were held at Marek-Burns-Laywell funeral Home in Cameron, Texas. Richard was laid to rest in Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts, Texas.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Richard D. Jones. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.