WATERVILLE - Richard Standish Jones was born in Waterville on Nov. 4, 1922, the son of Charles Foster Jones and Rena (Barker) Jones. He died on July 12, 2014. Dick Jones graduated from Waterville High School in 1940, then went on to receive a degree in history from Colby College, followed by a degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1946. One of Dick's favorite jobs was teaching mathematics at the Naval Academy. Over the years he loved attending Naval Academy reunions and avidly rooted for the Navy football team in the annual Army/Navy game. He served in the Navy both actively and then in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He returned to Waterville and worked for Scott Paper until 1980.
In his early Waterville years, Dick performed as a trumpet player in various local Waterville bands and was said to be "the greatest" by band leader Al Corey.
He was a member of his schools' ski teams at both Waterville High and Colby College. A historian by temperament, Dick also had an enduring passion for the unwritten prehistory of fossils and rocks. As part of his studying and collecting of fossils, Dick was instrumental in organizing and cataloging the fossil collection at the L.C. Bates Museum, Maine's natural history museum, on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley. He was a leader in Boy Scouts in Waterville and an avid golfer. He loved the mountains, lakes, and oceans of Maine and hiked and camped often with his family. For decades he was a faithful and active member of the Pleasant Street Methodist Church.
Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Thelma Jones; and his children, Charles Jones, and his wife, Sheep, of Fairfax, Va., and their children, Jules and Miles, Stephen Jones, of Durham, N.H., and his children, Edwood and Eliot, and Susan Jones Clark and her husband, David, of New Bedford, N.H., and their children, Tyler, Riley and Caldwell; and his daughter-in-law, Maralyn Jones, of Oakland, and her children Jeffrey, Annie and Peter. He was the proud great-grandfather of Amelie, Juliet, Thomas, Hailey and Zara. He is predeceased by his sons, Scott in 1970 and Richard in 2014.
The Jones family thanks the caring staff members at Park Residences, where Dick has resided for the past two years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Dick's memory to the L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley, U.S. Route 201, Hinckley, ME 04944; or the Pleasant Street Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St, Waterville, ME 04901.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the United Methodist Church, Pleasant Street, Waterville. Interment will be at Pinegrove Cemetery in Waterville.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.