Richard Nelson Jones

Born: Mon., Oct. 8, 1945
Died: Thu., Oct. 3, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
Location: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

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Richard Nelson “Dick” Jones, 67, passed away October 3, 2013, at St. Anthony Hospital.

Dick was born at Riverside Maternity Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon, on October 8, 1945, the oldest child of Ruth Elaine and Nelson J. “Jimmy” Jones.

Born into a family of sports enthusiasts, Dick participated in baseball, basketball, swimming, and football. Dick became accustomed to the spotlight at a young age, first as a Buster Brown shoe model at Anderson’s Department Store, and as a tap dance contestant on the television program “Stairway to the Stars.” He continued dance lessons along with sports and also studied ballet, incurring his dad’s and coach’s displeasure when he performed in a ballet recital during high school.

A 1964 graduate of Pendleton High School, Dick was a standout athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. He was a Lantern Cup winner and held several positions in the student body. He was also selected to play in the 1964 Shriners All Star game. Dick still holds quarterback records at PHS, and his brother Robert, “Bobby,” holds rushing records.

Dick was Pendleton’s first and only Parade All American who received that honor in both football and basketball in 1963. Dick was offered football and academic scholarships from over 30 colleges and universities, including BYU, Stanford, Purdue, Notre Dame, Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy, as well as a basketball scholarship at Davidson. He chose to stay in the Northwest, attending the University of Oregon.

Dick attended the U of O from 1964 to 1968, majoring in political science and journalism. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was the student body president of U of O in 1967-1968. In 1968, he was a page at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. He led demonstrations on the campus, marching in the Poor People’s March with Cesar Chavez. He met Hilary Rodham, later Clinton, at a student leadership conference.

He had many friends in rock & roll, particularly with the Grateful Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage. He worked at and attended art school in New York.

Dick married Maureen McCormmach, his lifelong fiancee of 18 years, on December 15, 2007. He was an avid community supporter and a friend to all. He was a member of the Elks, the Moose, a Bucks Booster, U of O Alumni Association and Pendleton Center for the Arts. He was a board member and president of the Oregon East Symphony. He was on the vestry of the Episcopal Church and Oregon Trail Manor Board. Dick was the first person inducted in the Bucks Hall of Fame and served on the Bucks Hall of Fame Board.

Dick was an ardent sports fan all his life, attending most U of O home games and many bowl games with friends in recent years. He loved his friends, his family, music from rock & roll to classical, art, his hometown, and his vacation home at Ocean Park, Washington.

Dick is survived by his wife, Maureen McCormmach; daughters Gretchen Kyle Roedl and Rachael Ruth Leib; stepchildren Steven L. Strelich and Erin A. Strelich; and grandchildren Colton Roedl and Maya Buress. He is also survived by his sisters Rebecca Winter and Marilyn Anderson, and brothers Rodney and Michael Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert.

Viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel. Services will be held at the Episcopal Church in Pendleton on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Packard Tavern.

Interment will be held at Olney Cemetery Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon East Symphony or the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

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Brigit Farley
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Dick Jones had a truly amazing life. I always knew of his athletic achievements, but had no idea he was so involved beyond the playing field, in student government, political activism, the arts and community activities. I was amused and proud that he continued to dance well into high school, despite flack from tradition-minded coaches and teammates. He had every gift except longevity, but managed to rack up an impressive record of achievement in the time he had. He definitely left the world better than he found it. Godspeed, Dick Jones.

E. Thomas Morning Owl
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
It was with utmost shock and disbelief that i had heard of this untimely passing of a most wonderful friend. My deepest sympathy is extended to his family.
He and Maureen have always been a partnership of strength and trust to many in this community, and my family in particular.
Memories of times we had of discussing mutual interests of western art and particular artists will always be treasured.
I hope for the continued strength of Maureen in this dark hour. May you receive the love and support of close family and friends.
God bless.

Scott Sullivan
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Dick you will be missed my friend. I always enjoyed our chats even though we were often on the opposite sides of the chat. You lead a wonderful life and ended too soon.
Maureen and the kids my prayers are with you in this tough time.

May God bless and keep you.

Scott Sullivan

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