Rollie Jones, 88 years old, was born Sept. 11, 1923, to Robert and Deborah Jones in Buffalo, Wyo. He was the youngest of four children. The family moved to Washington state in the late '30s and settled in the Seattle area before the war. He married Lois Lee Day from Juanita, Wash., on Dec. 7, 1944, in Greensboro, N.C., prior to shipping overseas as a B-25 bomber pilot.
Upon his return from the war, he and Lois bought a house in Skyway, Wash., and had three children, Larry Michael, Terry Lee and Jody Ann Jones. He was recalled back into the Air Force and moved the family to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, in 1953.
Rollie liked the Mountain Home area so much that the family lived there until he was sent to Vietnam in 1965. Upon returning from Vietnam, he was assigned to Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
In 1969, he was assigned to McCord, AFB, Wash., as vice commander and retired in 1970 as a lieutenant colonel.
Rollie and Lois bought a home on Guemes Island, Wash.
In 2004, after 34 years of wonderful island life, Rollie's son, Terry, brought him to Diamond View Assisted Living Community, located in Meridian Idaho. He enjoyed many visits from his island friends and family members until his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Lee, in 1991, and oldest child Larry Michael in 2004, along with his older brothers, Bob Jr. and Vernon, and his sister, Carol Jones.
He is survived by his son, Terry Jones (Sue), of New Meadows Idaho, his daughter, Jody Trible (Chuck), of Green Valley, Ariz., and his daughter-in-law. Janice Jones, of Stutzman Omaha, Neb. He has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rollie will be interned at Eden Cemetery on Guemes Island, Wash., next to Lois in the summer of 2012.