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March 26, 1931 — March 2, 2019

Col. Ivan Joseph Jones, 87, of Rainier, Ore., passed away March 2, 2019, at St. John Medical Center surrounded by his children.

Ivan was born March 26, 1931, to Ivan Harold and Berniece (Dehne) Jones in Great Falls, Mont. His family spent time in Portland, Ore., and later moved to Columbia County. He graduated from Rainier High School in 1948 and then attended Vanport and Oregon State University before receiving an appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He returned home his junior year to marry the love of his life, Jean (Van Swoll) on Aug. 23, 1952, and received an early discharge. Ivan then attended the University of Portland where he served in the Air Force ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

After graduation, Ivan served four years as an active duty fighter pilot in the Air Force. Upon discharge from active duty, Ivan joined the Oregon Air National Guard where he served for 27 years. While in the National Guard, Ivan rose to the rank of colonel and concluded his time in service as director of operations and vice commander at headquarters. Simultaneously, Ivan obtained his Professional Engineering License in mechanical engineering and worked for the Army Corp of Engineers. While working for the Army Corp he also obtained a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1968.

Ivan and Jean raised three children before building their home overlooking the Columbia River in Rainier. In 1986 Ivan retired, but continued to serve his community through involvement on the Clatskanie PUD Board of Directors and his church.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Bernice Jones; his wife, Jean (Van Swoll); and a sister, Donna Mulford. He is survived by two sons, David and Thomas Jones; a daughter, Deborah (Ray) Kampfer; a granddaughter, Victoria (Alex) Kampfer; two grandsons, Cameron and Trevor Jones; a brother, Pierre (Betty) Jones; a sister, Yvonne Braeme; a brother-in-law, Daniel Mulford; a cousin, Vincent (Kathy) Cooney; and many nieces and nephews.

The family kindly requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

A funeral Mass is planned for noon March 30 at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rainier. Mass will be presided by Father Mark Gikenyi. A reception will follow in the church hall.

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