Dennis Rex JonesMarch 15, 1935 - July 12, 2016
Dennis Jones passed away on July 12, 2016 at the age of 81.
Born in Detroit Michigan on the Ides of March, Dennis exceled in academics. At the age of 17 he joined the Air Force and was quickly identified as a candidate for language school. He studied Russian, and during the Korean War was assigned to a post in Germany to listen to and translate Russian fighter pilot radio communications.
It was also here that he met Erika Krause his first wife. Together they returned to the US and Dennis completed four-year college at the University of Denver and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After a short stint with IBM he hired on with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service which allowed him to travel the world and “serve those who serve”.
It was during his career at AAFES that he met the characters and individuals that would become his lifelong friends. He was fiercely loyal to this group of friends and some of his fondest memories were the after hour escapades, parties, and golf outings he had with his workmates.
In 1985 Dennis took early retirement from AAFES and married Anne Harrington. After dabbling in a few jobs away from the military, the lure of working with AAFES pulled him back and he began a second career as a Sales Representative selling to the Military Resale systems, and was again able to connect with his lifelong friends who still worked at AAFES.
Dennis retired permanently in 2001 and traveled extensively in the United states and Mexico. In 2008 Dennis married Martha Bradley, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Dennis continued to have quite the social life finding new friends at the American Legion while maintaining his lifelong friendships which began with his AAFES buddies back in the 60’s.
Dennis was no saint, and fond of reminding people that Dennis spelled backwards is ”sinned”.
If the quote “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW– What a Ride!”… well then Dennis accomplished that mission.
Dennis is survived by his wife Martha Bradley-Jones, son and daughter-in-law Russell and Marybeth Jones, daughter and son-in-law Kirsten and Paul Spencer, grandchildren Gabrielle, Benjamin, Shelby, and Chase, sisters Jackie Goldsworthy and Carol Brockmeyer, numerous other family members, and a host of loyal and loving friends.