JASPER — Russell E. Jones, 90, formerly of Bramble, died Wednesday in Jasper. Born June 19, 1921, in Oakland City, he was the son of Curtis and Mable (Kuhn) Jones. He was a 1939 graduate of Oakland City High School and a World War II Army veteran where he served from 1939 until 1962. He received a Silver Star Medal and two Purple Heart Medals. He was in the 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division of Patton’s 3rd Army. He served in Iceland and from Normandy to the Czech border. After he retired from the Army, he went to work at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, where he retired after 20 years. He enjoyed participating in Civil War re-enactments, doing paintings, working in his garden, working crossword puzzles and building model ships. He is survived by his wife, Elfriede (Mayer) Jones, whom he married Jan. 17, 1953; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Ellen Jones of Pearisburg, Va., Robert and Karen Jones of Marion, and Bruce and Michelle Jones of Loogootee; one sister, Mary Alice Simmons of Oakland City; five grandchildren, Amber and husband Henry Earle, John and wife Katie Jones, Chad, Morgan and Kim Jones; three great-grandchildren and one on the way. He is preceded in death by his parents, Curtis J. and Mable Jones. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Bramble, with military graveside rites by the American Legion and V.F.W. Visitation is after 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.brocksmithblakefuneralhomes.com.
June 19, 1921 - May 16, 2012
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