John E. Jones

John E. Jones

December 14, 1932 – October 21, 2022

John is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Earl Jones and his brother, Bill Jones. He is survived by three children:  James Jones (Debra), Michael Jones (Hong Xiao) and Leanna Jones, 4 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; brother, Jerry Jones (Edna).

John was born Dec 14, 1932 in Omaha, NE, and graduated from Tech High School.

John served in the Navy Reserve from 1950 to 1955 and served on active duty on the USS Southerland from 1952 to 1953 – in the Korean War.

John’s love of barbershop music started in high school and went on for over 50 years. During that time, he was the Lead in numerous quartets, including The Great Danes, FROG and TOAD.  He traveled a lot over the years to attend competitions and shows, including a trip to Russia with the Fremont Pathfinder Chorus in 2000 to participate in a Russian Barbershop Festival.

John was a member of the Bennington Volunteer Fire Department for  many years.

Following his retirement, John became an active member of the USS Southerland Reunion Committee serving in various roles and attending as many of the reunions as possible.  He always enjoyed getting together with his shipmates.

Memorial Service: Wednesday, November 2, 2022. 10AM at West Center Chapel with a visitation starting at 9AM

Private Interment with military honors at Omaha National Cemetery

Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society


  • Jim Callaghan Posted October 27, 2022 8:15 am

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. From reading about him, it seems he lived an active and rewarding life. Many fond memories for family and friends to hang on to. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  • Chuck Craven Posted October 27, 2022 12:51 pm

    From all of us that served onboard our ship (USS SOUTHERLAND (DD 743)) our deepest symathy and condolences on John’s passing.

  • Melanie Norman Posted October 27, 2022 3:07 pm

    Sorry for your loss Melanie

  • Melanie Posted October 27, 2022 3:11 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  • Melanie Lynne Norman Posted October 27, 2022 3:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  • George J Chambers Posted October 27, 2022 11:19 pm

    I served with John aboard Southerland from 1952 -1953. Please accept condolences my on his transfer to the Supreme Commander..m sure he’ll continue to entertain at his new duty station.

  • Robert E. Murray Posted October 28, 2022 9:46 am

    I was so sorry to hear about your Dad, I have tons memories of him. The first time I met him was when I came back home for you and Deb’s wedding. I was driving my 57 Chevy wagon (it was yellow and white), he made a comment “it looks like a traveling billboard”. I laughed my head off. May the good Lord Bless all of you Jim.

  • Gordon Boe Posted October 30, 2022 8:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. You were a loving and devoted daughter.

  • Nancy Hill Posted October 30, 2022 8:29 am

    I’m so sorry to read about John. I am an Omaha Sweet Adeline and have sung in many shows w John and his quartets. He will be missed in the Barbershop Singers community…

  • Tiffany Morse Posted October 30, 2022 8:36 am

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Lynn Smith Posted October 30, 2022 10:39 am

    I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and a lovely voice. His dedication to and love of my friend and his wife Gloria was one of his special attributes. He will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to all of his family.

  • Jamie Goldberg Posted October 30, 2022 7:30 pm

    RIP Uncle John, May your memory be a blessing.

  • Matt and Connie (Blazek) Wickham Posted October 31, 2022 6:07 am

    We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a wonderful man-dedicating his life to serving others. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Ron Johnson Posted October 31, 2022 7:25 am

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing. Loved responding with John on emergency runs with BVFD. He was a great great teacher and level headed guy with great sense of humor. He will be missed

  • Marcella Seitz Posted October 31, 2022 8:23 am

    I had the pleasure of working with John for many years at Swanson.Gentleman Hart. He was happy with a smile on him s face. He enjoyed life. Sorry for your loss.

  • Lincoln Continentals Barbershop Chorus Posted October 31, 2022 2:58 pm

    On behalf of the Lincoln Continentals Barbershop Chorus, John’s love of barbershop singing was felt when he sang, and his voice will be missed. Our condolences to the Jones family.

  • Bill & Shirley McDonald Posted November 1, 2022 9:10 am

    We have many good memories. The Jones family lived three doors up from us and we had a lot of good times.

  • Ray Brown Posted November 1, 2022 9:53 am

    John, It was a pleasure knowing you and singing with you. You will be missed. Blow a B flat and lets bust one more!
    Ray Brown

  • Ray Brown Posted November 1, 2022 9:54 am

    Bust a Chord

  • Ray Brown Posted November 1, 2022 9:55 am

    So sorry to lose your voice

  • Dale Duckert Posted November 1, 2022 11:48 am

    Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with John for a few years. Also enjoyed his music.

  • Ray Meister Posted November 1, 2022 5:12 pm

    We Barbershop Harmony Lovers shall miss John, immensely. He was, not only a great singer of the Lead part, but also a great Master of Ceremonies at chapter shows and afterglows. I’m proud to claim him as the Lead that “Led Us” for, at least, 15 years in 2 senior quartets…F.R.O.G. (Four Really Old Guys) and, T.O.A.D. (Totally Obsolete And Decrepit). Hope you find a good quartet in Heaven, John…and IF and When I get there, please I sing Baritone with you once more….and why not? Nobody else can, or wants to sing that part. Your friend in Harmony…Ray

  • Tom Lewis Posted November 2, 2022 7:36 am

    My condolences to John’s family. I was straight out of college when John and I worked together back in the early 1990’s. I appreciate the wisdom he poured into me then as I am sure it has helped me through my career. It was always fun to catch up when our paths would cross. He was a Good man and has left his mark here on earth. Well done John! Rest in Peace my Friend.

  • Riki Shirey, widow of Stan Posted November 6, 2022 10:02 pm

    I met John when I attended the 2nd USS Southerland reunion with Stan and every one thereafter. John was a master at bringing out the memories , getting people to mingle & feel comfortable, and organizing details so everything ran smoothly. It was lovely when John brought Gloria into our group andy heart is heavy for your loss. Fair winds and following seas my friend.

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