Richard Jones

Obituary of Richard Jones

Richard Allen Jones, age 90, of Heritage Village, formerly of South Dayton, passed away at the skilled nursing facility on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. He is joyfully rejoined with his beloved wife of 68 years, Ruth Kelly Jones, who died December 8, 2021. Born August 16, 1931 in Freeport, PA, son of the late Paul and Nettie Shearer Jones, Richard was raised in Tarentum, PA during the Great Depression and graduated from Tarentum High School in 1949. He received a Bachelors Degree with a double major in History and English in 1953 from Roberts Wesleyan College, where he met his wife Ruth. Richard went on to earn a Masters in Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and served as Pastor at Free Methodist churches in Belfast, Salamanca and South Dayton, New York until deciding to focus on a career in education. He earned two additional Masters Degrees in English Literacy and Education Administration from SUNY Fredonia and taught English and Remedial Reading in the Pine Valley Central School system. Richard was a longtime member of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church and the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. He was an avid horse lover and raised and showed Arabian horses with his family. When he wasn’t with his horses he could be found gardening or watching sports. Richard is survived by three of his four children; Suzanne Jones (Dennis) O'Malley, Stephen Kent (Mary) Jones and Gregory Scott (Kristina) Jones, his beloved grandchildren Jason (Erin), Justin (Hope), Tiffany, Christian, Garrett, Sarah and Ethan and great-grandchildren Richard, Lorelei and Ashley. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by his eldest son Jonathan Dwight Jones, his parents and his siblings William Jones, Juanita Grabigle and Marian Lee Brokaw. Private funeral services will be held April 8th, 2022. Burial will be in Gerry Cemetery. Arrangements by Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville. To leave a condolence visit
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