Graveside services were held Saturday at Alaska 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. He was 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.”