Vernon J. Jones, of International Falls, Mn, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 in Scottsdale, Az.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Teresa Jones; brothers, Joe and Terry Jones; and sister, Pat Corrin.
Vernon is survived by his sister, Kathleen Fogarty, and brother, Bernard (Edith) Jones. He also is survived by dear personal friend, Elaine Jones, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was born July 4, 1922. Vernon later joined the U.S. Navy air force and served his country during WW II. After the war and a brief stint in automotive sales, Vernon launched a career which allowed him to blend two of his lifelong passions—a dedication to flying and a love of the great outdoors.
Beginning as a bush pilot for Rusty Myers, Vernon purchased his first plane in 1954 and began offering one-day fishing excursions year-round. By 1970, Rainy Lake Airways had expanded to 13 planes, providing complete fishing and hunting expeditions to several remote locations, including Chantry Inlet in the Artic and to Vernon’s own Baker Lake Lodge on Hudson Bay.
Vernon’s love of aviation and adventure continued throughout his life as he built and maintained close relationships with the many pilots and avid outdoorsmen with whom he became friends along the way.
Vernon also was one of the original owners of the Holiday Inn in International Falls, Mn.
Vernon was a generous and special soul whose memories will long bring love and laughter to the lives he touched.
A celebration of Vernon’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in International Falls.
Memorials are preferred to The Vernon Jones Fund at Rainy River Community College or the Humane Society.
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