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Nov. 28, 1924 - March 6, 2014

Vernon Jones of Buffalo, a World War II veteran, died Thursday at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Tonawanda after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Norfolk, Va., he served in the Navy on the USS Reuben James as a machinist mate first class during War World II. In 2011 Mr. Jones was among several World War II veterans selected for a one-day escorted flight by Honor Flight Buffalo to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. He was active in the Reuben James group for veterans, involved in fundraising and social events.

Mr. Jones started working in 1969 for Lee Distributing Co. in Buffalo, a kitchen and appliance distributor. He retired in 1990 as service manager.

He was an avid golfer, hitting a hole-in-one at the Tan-Tara Golf Course in North Tonawanda. He also enjoyed bowling and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, the former Onabelle “Ann” Mead; two sons, James and Steven; two step-sons, Terry and Donnie Potter; two step-daughters, Patty Arnold and Judy Hubbard; three grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

His first wife, the former Janet Damon died in 1984.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda.