Sure William “Jim” Jones, Jr., 98, of Center Hall, died Wednesday, November 24, at the Susque View Home Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lock Haven.
He was born in Houston, Walker Township, Pennsylvania to the late Annabelle Showers Rogers and grew up in the Lester Thomas Rogers family of Nittany.
He graduated from Walker Township High School in 1942. On June 25, 1948, in Tylersville, he married Elinor Lorraine Nicholas, who survives at Center Hall.
A World War II veteran, Clair served 33 months in the US Army Signal Corps from 1943 to 1945 as a telephone lineman in advance communications. He received infantry training at Camp McCain, Mississippi and saw action in Normandy, northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes and central Europe. He was awarded five bronze Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon returning home, Clair served six years with the US Army Reserve’s 491st Combat Engineers, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Clair was a member of St. John’s Union Church in Farmers Mills for 74 years, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and Senior High Sunday School Teacher. Over the years he has held various posts in the consistory. He was a life member of the Center Hall Fire Company, serving as the fire chief in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was also a member of the State College Radio Control Club and built radio-controlled airplanes. For 35 years he enjoyed being a chef at the Logan Sportsmen Club, of which he was a member. He served on the Penns Valley Area School Board and the Center County Board of Education during the construction of Center County Vo-Tech School, now Central Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, in Pleasant Gap.
Clair grew up on farms and after marriage worked at Penn’s Cave Farm and also ran boat tours of the cave. He then worked as an insurance agent for the Baltimore Life Insurance Company. From the 1950s he worked for the First National Bank in Center Hall, eventually becoming a teller. He then had a long career with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking, from which he retired in 1986 as chief bank auditor.
Clair has had a lifelong interest in gardening, woodworking, wood model making, birds and the many skills of a self employed man.
Clair is survived by his wife Elinor; a daughter, Karen Louise Jones and her husband John Mackie and their son Nicholas Mackie-Jones of Arlington, Virginia; a son, Brent William Jones, and his wife Patty of Mill Hall and their children Ross, Barry, James Beckum and Karen Beckum-Doty; a sister, Ella Quiggle; and a brother, Clyde Rogers.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Duck Yarnell; and four brothers, Richard Rogers, Charles Rogers, Guy Rogers and Elwood Rogers.
The visitation will be on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by a funeral service with Rev. Lauretta Dietrich, officiating at Daughenbaugh Funeral, Inc. in Center Hall.
Burial will be at Tylersville Union Cemetery in Tylersville, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. John’s Union Church at Farmers Mill, 296 Ridge Rd, Spring Mills, PA 16875.
The arrangements were entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc., 228 S. Pennsylvania Ave., PO Box 579, Center Hall, PA 16828. An online guest book can be signed at www.daughenbaughfuneralhome.com or condolences can be sent to the family.