Dick Jones, Local WWII vet lived the good life, dies at 93
Richard Lippincott Jones, 93, lived the good life and fought the good fight, but passed away Monday morning, July 1, 2013, of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Lois Ann Jones, and his two sons Richard Norman Jones of Monroe, Maine, and Ronald Lippincott Jones of Havana, Florida, and daughter-in-law Kimberly Hackler Jones also of Havana.
Richard “Dick” Jones was born in 1920 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. He served in the army during World War II in the “forgotten war” in the Aleutian Islands. He often spoke of his time there and the hardships and freezing temperatures the soldiers had to endure. He also spoke of the love he had for his fellow comrades; his great pride of his country; and his duty to serve.
When he returned from WWII, Dick moved to Allentown, New Jersey, married Dorothy Bergl, bought a Chrysler Dodge dealership, and raised a family. He later met and married Lois Walter. They moved to Yardley, Pennsylvania. He continued to sell cars at Dick Jones Motors. Anyone who ever knew Dick would say ‘he could sell a pig a bar of soap’ he was such a good car salesman. About ten years ago, Dick and Lois left Pennsylvania to move to sunny North Florida to escape the brutal winters and to be closer to his son, Ron.
Dick quickly made friends with some of the local gents in Havana who jokingly called him “Yankee Jones” when they gathered for breakfast downtown. Even after Dick’s retirement, he never stayed still. You could see him zipping down Hwy 27 in his pick-up loaded with treasures he found along the road or at the dumpster. He was always wheeling and dealing. Buying and selling stuff was in his blood. He truly loved to strike a deal, get a bargain, or make a profit -- that really made his day!
Recently, Dick was one of several WWII veterans from the area who participated in the Honor Flight from Tallahassee to Washington, DC. He talked about that trip every day up until he entered the hospital. It was such a special experience for him. The family is so grateful that he was able to make that flight to visit the WWII memorial in our Nation’s capital. He was treated with the due respect of an American hero, and he loved every minute of it.
The family hopes those who knew Dick Jones will remember him for being a real character with his animated ways, speech, and mannerisms, and for his keen mind, friendly demeanor, and strong wit. When folks asked Dick if he was having a good day, he would always say, “I don’t have a bad day.” Even during his last days in the hospital, Dick was still glad to say he was “on the green side.” Although he didn’t quite make it to age 100 like he wanted, he lived a good life up to his last. By those who loved him, he will be remembered as one who took great pride in his family, friends, and country, and was known for his generous spirit and kind heart. He made us all laugh and see the sunny side of things. He was a good soul, and he will be missed! The family will hold a private memorial later this summer.