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In loving memory of
Gerald “Jerry” Jones
  • June 08, 1938
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  • August 15, 2023

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Travels and Tales  of a not so common Man1

Jerry Jones was the ultimate adventurer and traveler, taking his family on many exciting trips . He started out ,after he got out of the Navy, with a desire to see more  of the world. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Wichita , Kansas  He found the right traveling companion in his wife Judy. They married in Wichita and moved immediately to Bartlesville, OK. There with a partner, he opened a Pizza Hut. Oklahoma  was not far enough  Ready to move on They soon were on their  way back to Wichita . Jerry  added computer skills to his ”  do” list . There a daughter Molly was born, and then a  son Steve   They quickly showed signs  of   the love of travel with many new family adventures  to watch .

Jerry tried bull-riding, sky-diving and a little photography. A job with TWA moved the family,  to North Kansas City, Mo . which was our ticket to fly to Europe’ visiting 7 countries. We got half-price tickets . Then on the road to Nashville, Tn., for new career with KFC.  Next, his  restless spirit took us to Florida and into sailing.  With good partners, more Pizza Huts , which later gave us some travel time to South and Central America, We even called Bolivia our home for a year and a half,  That is a whole other adventure story.

In Florida he refurbished a 19 ‘ wooden sailboat, Next, we bought a  a 36’ Hallberg-rassy sailboat, EQUINOX ‘which we cruised  from Tampa Bay into the Gulf of Mexico, along the coast stopping at Tulum then east to Guatemala, eating our fill of shrimp and lobster  along the way.  We were ready for a bigger sailboat for our  family, The Peter Rabbit , a CSY 44  cruising ,live- aboard sailboat, we called home for15 years.

We bought our dream boat in Mallorca, Spain , sailed the Mediterranean, crossed the Atlantic and slowly cruised through the Caribbean, spending time  on each of the islands . It was a beautiful experience sailing, then renting a car and driving around the islands meeting some of  the people and even taking in a church service or two. Back on USA soil we worked a little, spent  family time and  called  Asheville , NC home.  On a whim we bought a 27 ” Parker Dawson  ,  navigating the Intra Coastal Waterway from Maine to  Florida, for one last adventure, to end our sailing days On another whim we traveled by car .across  the Canadian Highway and up into Alaska, Magnificent !

A new adventure gave Jerry the chance to travel with Steve,  he flew to Japan where he met up with our son Steve, who was teaching English. They traveled by train to Mongolia and Russia. He loved telling the stories from that trip

He had a map of the world in his head  and tried to visit every country he could.  What a life! Most people can only dream such a life.

“Visualize and Achieve”, Not  bad for a kid from Kansas!

Fly free my husband and  traveling companion



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  1. Lorraine Boyd says:
    28 Aug 2023
    I met Judy and Jerry, when they were visiting Judy's mom, Dolores, in Wichita. Once, when they were in town, my future son-in-law, Diego (born in Bolivia) and I, met at a small Pakistani eatery. They described their 1 1/2 years in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Even driving there from Wichita was an adventure (just Jerry and Steve).
    Judy's mom, Dolores, was our long-time neighbor, in Wichita.

  2. Paula Lobnitz says:
    27 Aug 2023
    Such wonderful memories to hold on to. Many wonderful years together. Continue living that life you shared with Jerry. I’m sure it will put a smile on his face.
    My payers are with you

  3. Doris and TJ Harrington says:
    26 Aug 2023
    What an awesome adventure you guys shared! Living life to the fullest! I'm sure Jerry and Molly are already charting another adventure! Sending hugs and love.

  4. Shirley says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Bob and I are eternally grateful for the loving care that you gave to my Dad and for the encouragement and support you gave to us through some anxious times. There is no doubt that your love and support forJerry made your life together so adventurous and Jerry’s dreams a reality. I always wondered if you were CIA agents or even perhaps in the witness protection program because only in my imagination could I imagine such a lifestyle and to think that we were aware of just a few of your travels. Not only did you and Jerry do these things but you opened our minds to a whole new world of possibilities. We remember so many moments; Jerry’s unique ability to know how to excuse himself and escape my Dad’s endless conversations, Jerry’s attacking Dad’s household jobs with Dad leaning over his shoulder and somehow Jerry showing an unusual amount of patience for him, the stories of Jerry’s trips in the car with Dad’s doing the driving and Jerry hanging on for dear life! You have both been wonderful friends to so many and we feel blessed to have you in our lives.

  5. Holly Rose says:
    25 Aug 2023
    What an incredible tale to read. The ultimate adventurer! What an intriguing life you and your family shared.
    I am truly sorry for your loss, Judy.

  6. Dale Elmore says:
    24 Aug 2023
    Jerry was a good man that I respected so much. I am honored to have been in his life, for short time. RIP

  7. Nancy Capehart says:
    24 Aug 2023
    So sorry to hear Judy. Sounds like he had a wonderful life with you in it.

  8. judy says:
    24 Aug 2023
    Happiness is living live to the fullest, while giving all to that God given life so you can show your talents , gifts and joy!

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