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Former Juneau resident Robert Hanley Jones, 65, died on Dec. 24, 2004, surrounded by family at his home in Peters Creek (Chugiak), Alaska.
He was born on Jan. 8, 1939, in Youngstown, Ohio. He came to Alaska in 1964 to teach for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at Unalakleet, Nunapitchuk, Pilot Station and Mount Edgecumbe, before moving to Juneau. In Juneau, and later in Fairbanks, he worked as an employment assistance officer for the BIA. In 1976, he moved to Anchorage to work at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Office, settling his family in Chugiak. In 1979 until 2001, he worked at the Joint Pipeline Office for the trans- Alaska pipeline. During this same time, he developed the Resource Apprenticeship Program serving rural Alaska youth and for which he received an award from the U.S. Department of Interior.
His family says, "Robert was dedicated to family, church and his professional responsibilities, all of which he served with fierce commitment. Family get-togethers were a raucous goodtime where his storytelling and jokes were legendary." He and his family were charter members of the Eagle River Presbyterian Church (1985), and he served as a deacon and a trustee.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Jones; stepfather, Ralph Sands; and his sister, Hope Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Antoinette (Toni) Kahklen-Jones; sons, Toby, Joel and Robert Jones; daughters, Cassandra McCasland, Shelly Jacobson, Micaela Jones and Robyn Brune; his mother, Mary Sands; brother, Phillip Jones; sisters, Winifred Hancock and Mary Buckle; and 14 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Eagle River.
Donations can be made to a scholarship memorial fund at the First National Bank of Alaska, account 70039748.