Graveside services for Clyde Dale Jones of Springfield and formerly of Seymour were held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery, under the direction of the Greenlawn East Funeral Home of Springfield.
Mr. Jones, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Springfield.
He was born at home on Aug. 24, 1937 in Langley, Okla., to Clyde and Ester (West) Jones, into a large, loving family.
He was the third of seven children.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and after basic training was stationed at RAF Alconbury near Huntingdon, England, as an air policeman.
He received the Medal of Good Conduct in December 1957. After four years in the service of his country, he received his honorable discharge in 1958.
After the service, he moved to Albuquerque, N.M. There he met and married Patsy Baker in 1959, and they remained married for 58 years.
His work with the Ideal Cement Company took them to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and California, working on Minute Man Missile sites and the Sam Rayburn Dam. After settling in California, he opened his own auto mechanic business, eventually owning two of his own gas and service stations.
While in California, the couple was blessed with two daughters, Sharon and Linda.
In 1972, the family relocated first to Red River, N.M., before settling in Seymour, where he owned and operated the Seymour Standard Station from 1977 until 1986. He finished out his working career as a well-known and respected cattle rancher in Seymour.
His greatest love and joy was the time and adventures that he spent with his three grandchildren, Paige Brown, Justin and Amy Herion.
To provide for his ongoing care needs, in 2016 Dale moved in with his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Robert Graef, in Springfield. He remained with them until his passing to be with his Lord.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Ronnie and Don Jones; and his sister, Mary Lou Jones Baker.
Surviving his death are his two daughters, Sharon Graef (Robert) of Springfield and Linda Herion (David) of Seymour; his grandchildren, Paige Brown (Scotty), Justin Herion and Amy Herion. He also is survived by his brothers, Dean Jones (Paulette) of Vinita, Okla., Jerry Jones (Nancy) of Perris, Calif.; and his sister, Pat Coulston (Pete) of Vinita, Okla.