Gary L. Jones, age 73, lifelong Ridgway resident passed away, December 9, 2022 at his
home surrounded by his family. Gary was born in Eldorado, IL on June 10, 1949 to the late
Winfred “Bim” and Beulah (Maynard) Jones. He played drums in the high school band and
formed a band with friends to play at teen dances. He also taught himself guitar. After
graduating from Ridgway High School in 1967 he enrolled in the US Air Force and served in
the Vietnam War. After completing basic training at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio,
he transferred to Thailand. He worked as a Missile Guidance and Control Specialist. He
was promoted to Sergeant and completed his military service at Eglin AFB in Florida.
Upon return to civilian life he married Carolyn Lawler on August 28, 1971. He attended SIC
furthering his education in Electrical and Industrial maintenance. Most of his career he
worked at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado as the Electrical and Maintenance supervisor. He
also farmed part time before retiring in 2017. He enjoyed fishing, the simple country life,
watching the crops grow and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved animals
especially his collie dog whom was always nearby. Gary always said his greatest
accomplishment was his children and grandchildren, along with his 50 plus years with his
wife Carolyn. He will be remembered as a man of faith, kindness, and compassion as he
would always help others in need.
Gary is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Ridgway, sons, Brian (Kelly) Jones of Nashville, TN
and Bill (Amanda) Jones of Ridgway, daughters, Amy (Todd) Goforth of New Haven and
Mary Lynn (Buddy) Reeder of Ridgway. His brother, Denny (Nancy) Jones and their
daughter, Erica (Mike) Catone of Mt. Juliet, TN, his mother-in-law, Bernice Lawler of
Ridgway, his grandchildren, Justin Murphy, Lucas Reeder (Jacie Tuttle), Logan Reeder,
Tucker Jones, Beau Jones, Bailey Jones, Noah Jones, Emma Jones and a step grandchild,
Ariana Goforth Hatch, great grandchildren, Harlee Murphy and Hudson Murphy. He is also
survived by his brother-in-laws, Bob, Marion, Jim and Pat Lawler and their families and
many special friends.
Visitation for Gary will be on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home
in Ridgway from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. His funeral service will be on Wednesday at the
funeral home at 11:00 AM with Fr. Carl Scherrer and Scott Luckett officiating. His burial
will follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery near Ridgway with military rites.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children or St.
Patrick Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home