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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

USAF Lt. Col Robert Elwood Jones

In Memory of

Robert Elwood Jones

September 22, 1932 - July 2, 2014
 
...of interest... obituary notes that retired USAF Lt. Colonel Robert Elwood Jones, flew commercially for USAir/America West, and wrote flight manuals for Delta Air Lines.

Born in Winterset, Ohio, September 22, 1932, to Nedra and Hurtle Jones, Robert was a graduate of The Ohio State University, a member of the fraternal order of Tao Kappa Epsilon and a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Freemasonry.

Upon graduation he joined the United States Air Force where he trained to be a pilot. He quickly rose in rank and earned numerous awards and accommodations; "Operation Homecoming," "Commander's Trophy" as the Military Airlift Command's (MAC) top rescue squadron for 1969. RVN Gallantry Cross w/Palm AM w/10 OLC's, SOG-0872, Hq's 7th AF, 26Mar71; MSM, SOG-311, Hq's MAC, 17Jun74; DFC, SOC-1443, Hq's 7th AF, 9May71; AFCM, SOG-5, Hq's MAC, 14Jan69. VSM w/5 BSS, AFLSA w/4 OLC/s, NDSM w/1 BSS, AFOUA w/1 OLC, RVCM, PUC w/1 OLC, CRM, AFEM w/1 OLC. PACAF Jungle Survival School, Feb70; HC-130 H/P Ground and Flying Transition Course 1035B-1, Jan 70; Survival Training Course S-V80-A, Oct 69; C-141 HTTU, Mar 66; Instr Pilot Course, Oct 65; C-130 HTTU, May 63; Armt SYS Office Course #3231A-1, Nov 59; Pilot Training, Feb 56; Squadron Officer Course #0002A, 1962.

He sat alert in Germany during the Cuban Missile Crisis and later was called to duty during the Vietnam War. He was an HC140 Hercules pilot with the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Tuy Hoa Air Base. The squadron performed combat, mercy air rescues and evacuation missions.
After returning to the U.S. he became involved with weather reconnaissance. He would fly his aircraft into the eye of hurricanes to anticipate and exploit the weather for battle.

After 21 years in the U.S.A.F. he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He went on to fly in the private sector for U.S. Air and America West Airlines. He also wrote flight manuals for Delta Airlines. His love for flying was well known by family and friends. He would often say "I have the best job in the world." His pride and joy was the Navion aircraft with a slide canopy, tail #5236K that he purchased to restore.

Upon his retirement from the airlines he settled in Parker, CO with his wife Reita. He lived a quiet life surrounded by his wife and three daughters. His family meant everything to him. He was an advocate of education – He was very proud when his each of his daughters graduated college.
Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Reita, and his three daughters, Barbara, Susan and Lynn, his son-in-law Doug and his only grandchild, Robert.  

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