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January 27, 2009 3:49 am

Scott Allen Jones

Written by Tribune Staff

(June 9, 1955 - Jan. 20, 2009)

Scott Allen Jones died Tuesday, Jan. 20, surrounded by family at his home in Billings, of small cell lung cancer. He was born June 9, 1955, to Robert and Shirley D. (Galvin) Kysar in Powell. Scott and his siblings were later adopted by Shirley's second husband, Ronald Lee Jones.

Scott grew up and attended school in Powell. He was active in Future Farmers of America and received recognition for his livestock judging abilities.

In 1973, Scott enlisted in the Army and obtained his high school GED. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Division Artillery. He was a battery armorer, radio- telephone operator and forward observer. He earned the right to wear the Division Distinguished Trooper Insignia. In 1976, he was stationed at West Point, where he instructed the cadets in field artillery. His performance there earned him a Distinguished Trooper honor as well.

After his discharge from the Army, Scott returned to Powell where he worked for various companies in the oil field. He also worked for L.L. Smith Trucking as an owner-operator and Mollerway Freight Lines.

He married Rhalyn Allen in 1985 and they had one son, Wesley Scott Jones, who now lives in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Scott is survived by his son, Wesley; his mother and step-father, Shirley and Dick Steck of Cody; brothers Rick (Donna) Jones of Billings and Kent (Jinnay) Jones of Hillsboro, Ore; sisters Shelley (K.C.) LeClere of Casper and Mollie (Art) Omicioli of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald L. Jones; grandparents Rose and Howard Galvin and Afton and Gene Jones; aunt and uncle Georgia and Bill Cockburn; cousins Richard Cockburn, Karen Galvin and Robert Kysar. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is handling arrangements.

For those wishing to honor Scott's memory, contributions can be made to the Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center, 1041 North 29th Street, Billings, MT, 59101, or to the Scottish Rite Patient Courtesy Transportation, 514 14th Street West, Billings MT, 59102. Cremation has taken place. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com