Leo M. "Bud" Jones Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park for lifelong Juneau resident Leo M. "Bud" Jones, Jr. who passed away Oct. 13, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

The eldest of six children of Leo and Dorothy Jones, he was born Sept. 11, 1921 in Dr. Dawes' clinic on Gastineau Avenue in Juneau. Raised as a youngster in a house on Glacier Highway that still stands today across from Auke Lake. He left high school before graduation to help support his family, driving a tour bus from Anchorage to Fairbanks. In World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 137th Infantry, 2nd Battalion in Nome, then as a medic with the 1294th Combat Engineers in the Philippines. Following the war he worked as a mechanic for Green Construction in Juneau, the North Slope and Nigeria.

In 1987 he married Alice Ellquist, and shortly after they moved to a home on the waterfront in Auke Bay where he had played on the beach as a child. A proud day in his life came with the award of his high school diploma by then Gov. Tony Knowles in a presentation to World War II veterans who fought in the war but never finished high school.

He served as a Command Sgt. Major in the Alaska State Defense Force, was a paid up for life member of the American Legion and served as Commander of the Legion's Auke Bay Post No. 25, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5559 in Juneau, a member of Local 302 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a member of the Juneau Elks Club, and a shareholder in the Sealaska and Goldbelt corporations.

He is survived by his wife Alice; sister Dee Gerdis of Red Bluff, Calif.; stepdaughter Inge (Doug) Houck of Dover, N.H.; nephews Bill (Betty) Denmark of Albuquerque, N.M. and Michael Denmark of Red Bluff, Calif.; grandnieces Breanna Denmark of Red Bluff and Suzanne Denmark of Albuquerque; and grand nephews Michael Denmark of Red Bluff and Ryan Denmark of Albuquerque.

His family says, "If you knew Bud Jones, you were never a stranger."

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