George W Jones

Winston, Oregon

September 24, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
64 Navy  



On Friday, September 24, 2010, George William Jones of Winston, Oregon, was suddenly called to his eternal home by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, due to a local traffic accident. 

Born August 31, 1946, in Medford, Oregon, to Samuel and Evalyn Christensen Jones of Gold Hill, Oregon; he was a third generation attendee of Handby Elementary School in Gold Hill and graduated from Crater High School in Central Point in 1964. After working for local employers he enlisted in the US Navy, December 1965. 

He entered the Seabee division and trained to be a Construction Electrician at Port Hueneme, California, and was stationed for two years in Kemiseya Japan and one year in Phu Bai South Vietnam before being honorably discharged in September 1969. On August 3, 1968, he was united in marriage to Jenny Lynch of Springfield, Oregon, at St. Paul Methodist Church in Springfield. After working locally in Eugene for approximately two years, they moved to Gold Hill where he was employed by United Parcel Service in Medford. In June of 1975 they moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon, five years later moving to Winston, Oregon. 

George worked at Roseburg Forest Products Particle Board Division for 32 years and retired in January 2009 as a lead electrician. During his early years in Gold Hill he was a member of the local 4-H club for ten years. He was also a member of Gold Hill Methodist Church and a twenty five year member of the Gold Hill Grange. 

While living in Winston he was a member of local 2949 AFL-CIO Union, the local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association and an active member of the Church On the Rise, Church of the Nazarene on Diamond Lake Blvd. 

He was a sitting member of the church board and served for 16 years on the Electrical Apprentice Board through Umpqua Community College. 

George was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Curtis William and Hattie King Jones Chaffee of California: his maternal grandparents, Soren and Ruby Marie Ellis Christensen of Gold Hill; his father, Samuel Thomas Jones; aunt, Beverly Christensen Washburn; uncle, Lee Edward Johnson of Central Point; in-laws, Don and Doris Jeffers Lynch of Springfield, Oregon. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jenny; daughter, Lea Ann Jones Munyon and husband, R. Doug Munyon of San Diego, California; son, Kevin William Jones and wife, Stacy of Rising Sun, Md; grandchildren, Paula, Rodney and Kenneth Munyon of San Diego; Christian Soren and Margaret Claire Jones of Rising Sun, Md; his mother, Evalyn Christensen Jones Kile and step-father, George Kile of Rogue River; his sister, Marie Jones Hardaway and husband, James Hardaway of Gold Hill; nephews, Darrell and wife, Charlotte Hardaway of Washington. And Scott and Sherri Hardaway and family of Oregon as well as numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, his beloved toy poodles, Delilah and Zach.

 A private family interment will be held at Rogue River, Oregon. A public celebration of George's life will be held at Church On The Rise, 3500 N. Umpqua Oregon, on Sunday, October 3rd, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in George's name be sent to the church. 

Money will be divided between Camp Kellogg in Oakland, Oregon, where George volunteered and Sun Valley Indian School in Arizona where he did a work witness mission trip. Arrangements under the direction of Taylor's Family Mortuary. 

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October 3, 2010 Photos by Chris Keller

From KPIC TV 4 News 09/24/10:

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- In the fourth fatal crash in just over a month, and the second involving a motorcycle, a 64-year-old Winston man is dead after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup.

At about 7:20 p.m. Friday, a westbound pickup truck was turning left and struck a motorcyclist heading eastbound. on Hwy 42 near Kelly's Corner.

The motorcycle rider, George William Jones, 64, of Winston, died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Rodney Nicholson Jr., 26, of Roseburg, was uninjured.

An accident reconstructionist was at the scene, trying to determine exactly what happened, and at this point, officials don't believe that alcohol or any other intoxicants were involved.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire, and ODOT. The Douglas County District Attorney's Office responded to the scene and is assisting with the investigation.

This is the second fatal wreck this week in a one-mile stretch. This is also the second fatal crash involving a motorcycle within about a month.

KPIC News is following the story and will have more as it is made available.

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