Rick W. Jones
April 13, 2022
Rick William Jones, born on July 10, 1950, passed away peacefully at home in the company of his wife and loved ones by his side, on Wednesday evening, April 13, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Rick was born in Lancaster. He was the Son of the late Richard Percival and Dorothy Stoddard Jones.
Rick is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, who he met while working together; and married in October 1995. Together, Rick and Rosemarie have 8 children and he is survived by all 8. Shane Jones, Anthony Jones, Erika Gregoire and Husband David, James Kenneff and Wife Tricia, Megan Bosch and Husband Jason, Joseph Kenneff and Wife Kristie, John Kenneff and Wife Amanda, and Thomas Kenneff. He was also Papa to 25 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a great grandson due any day. He was hoping that he would live to see his great grandson born. Rick asked Hospice to do whatever they could do to keep him around for that day, but he did not make it.
Preceding him in death was a brother Ron Jones.
As a young boy, Rick lived in a rural area. He had his own horse, Smokey Joe. He loved going riding and showing horses with his sister Roxanne. As a teenager, he worked under a Farrier learning how to shoe horses. After he graduated, he worked at many jobs where he learned steel fabrication, mechanical work, rigging, piping, estimating and project managing.
When he and his wife got married, they had young children still at home. They made the decision that no matter what company they worked for; they would be hired as a team together, and work from their home office. This gave them the flexibility to be there for the children, and be able to get to all their games and school events. Their home was a gathering place for all their children's friends. He and his wife wouldn't have it any other way.
When the children were grown and on their own, Rick and his wife started their own Project Management company. Most of that time was spent managing the Construction of V&S Galvanizing Plants together; from design thru sitework, construction, and installation of equipment. Rick had gained an amazing amount of knowledge thru reading and experience; which gained him the respect of architects, engineers, owners, and contractors on construction projects. He had the ability to solve problems and for getting everyone to work together without any issues. He always listened and valued the knowledge that each person contributed to a project; and enjoyed the relationships he developed thru the years. He also enjoyed the opportunity that this work gave him and Rosemarie to see different parts of the country. He loved what he did and looked forward to going to work every day.
At the end of the long workday while out of town, Rick and his wife, Rosemarie, looked forward to going out to dinner at a local restaurant to unwind together. They always sat at the bar and had a few drinks, and some dinner. They always toasted to the day, and each other. They enjoyed every day together whether it be at home or on the job. They loved cooking together when they were at home. All depending on what they were making, one would prep and one would do the cooking. Rick took pride in his cooking. He was an excellent cook.
He loved when he got the chance to go to the Casino with his wife and sometimes his children. If he was lucky, he would sit, and play Let it Ride for hours.
Rosemarie was the Love of his life and his very best friend. They were inseparable. You very rarely saw one without the other. He and his wife lived and loved life to the fullest every day of their lives. They lived, worked and played together! They never let a day go by without telling each other how much they loved each other. He loved and was committed to their children and grandchildren. To him they were not only his Sons and Daughters but his very best friends and he loved spending time with them. He loved when the whole family got together in their home for Thanksgiving; and every Christmas Eve when their Parents, Brothers and Sisters, Children, and Grandchildren were all there. It seemed like everyone ended up hanging out in the kitchen eating, drinking, talking, and laughing. He said, "That is what Holidays are all about-Family enjoying each other."
At their family home, he loved barbecuing in the summer. He enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren and just hanging out. During the summer, he enjoyed going out to eat at restaurant decks. He also loved helping the children repair and renovate their homes. He said it was not only a chance to help them, but it was time spent together, and that time meant a lot to him. It was never too much to do anything that the kids or grandkids wanted...Up for two nights straight making carnival games for a summer kids party, building a Tiki Bar for a campout at the house, barbecuing at midnight for the kids and their friends, cooking all kinds of food for Holiday Meals, Baby Showers, Wedding Showers, and Graduation parties.
He loved reading, enjoyed listening to oldies, and on special occasions he really liked letting loose and dancing. He was so proud of the strength he had physically up until he got sick. In fact, he would have push up competitions with some of his teenage grandsons. He loved showing them that he could still do a one-armed pushup at almost 70 years old. Rick loved life! Rick's wife and his family meant everything to him; and as he was battling cancer, they were all there for him.
Rick is being cremated with his ashes to be buried with his wife in the future. In honoring his wishes, there will be no memorial service. He never liked a big to do. His wish was to have an intimate Celebration of Life with only his immediate family.
Rick, you were truly loved and will be missed very much; but will never be forgotten. You will forever live on in our hearts and minds.
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