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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: JONES; Benjamin Russell-15/5/2005-USA/TX
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 23:11:17 +0100

Benjamin Russell ( Ben) Jones, 85, of Austin TX passed away on May 15, 2005,
at Buckner Villa Retirement Center from congestive heart failure. Ben was
born on May 9, 1920, in Bloomington, Indiana to Leonard Paris Jones and Mae
Eva (Deckard) Jones. The family moved to Austin in the mid 1930's where he
met his future bride, Lucille Marie McCord. The family subsequently moved
back to Indiana where Ben graduated from high school. After a short while
working as a stoker at a steel blast furnace, Ben decided to pay for his
college at Indiana University by working on his uncle's dairy and delivering
milk. After two years, his ROTC unit enlisted in mass and he entered the US
Army Air Corps. After training and becoming a navigator and bombardier
instructor, he moved to the European theater and flew missions as a
bombardier on B-24s in the 8th Air Force. A plane crash resulted in a broken
back and lengthy recovery. Upon discharge in 1945, he went to Hallettsville,
Texas, married Lucille on September 16th and returned to Indiana University.
Upon graduation with an accounting degree and a two week old son, the young
family moved to Dallas where Ben worked for a year before moving to Austin
to be an accounting instructor at the University of Texas. In the late
1940's he became an accountant at the Texas General Land Office. Another son
and two daughters were born in Austin. He became an accountant for the Right
of Way Division of Texas Highway Department in 1957 where he worked until
retirement in 1980. Upon retirement Ben became an active golfer, spent more
time on the couple's lifelong enjoyment of bridge playing, visited with
friends and family and traveled. He participated and served in various
offices in his church, St. John's Methodist, his Masonic Lodge, Colorado #
96, PTA, Cub Scouts and various job related associations. Ben was a founding
member of the Public Employees Credit Union. He was preceded in death by his
parents and one grandson, Henry Jacob Jones. His surviving family includes
his devoted wife of 59 years Lucille(Tot), his son Donald Ray Jones and wife
Cornelia(Corky) of Hallettsville, Texas; son Ben Drew Jones and wife Denise,
their children Joshua, Sarah and Amanda, of Corydon, Indiana; daughter Sally
Ann Gustafson and husband Wayne, their children Eric and Lily of
Fayetteville, Arkansas; daughter Sue Lynn Bloodsworth and husband Jimmie,
their daughter Heather of Pflugerville and daughter Michelle Contreras and
her son Henry (Ben's great-grandson) and Ben's two aunts, Carol Deckard and
Alice Hotchkiss. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday,
May 17, 2005 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at
11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at St. John's United Methodist Church.
Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.

Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 454-5611
Fax: (512) 451-3041

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