Everett Harold Jones of Meeteetse died in the presence of his family on June 23, 2018, at the age of 80.
He was born in Big Timber, Montana, on June 28, 1937. He attended Absarokee Middle School and Absarokee High School, then finished high school in Big Timber in 1954. He attended Montana State College in Bozeman.
The lure of the oil boom became too great and he left college to work as a “roughneck.” He traveled throughout Montana and Wyoming working on oil rigs, making his way to derrick hand before settling in Powell, where he worked for Johnson Testers, followed by CD&V Oilfield Services. In 1973, he became a contract pumper and moved to Meeteetse, where he would stay and raise his family.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents, K.C. Jones and Helen McHose; his sisters Leona Hobbs and Emma Dee Raty; and his stepson Jim Roberson.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joyce Jones; and his children Roy Jones of Phoenix, Arizona, John Paul (JP) Jones of Cody, and Karen Jones Spangle of Salem, Oregon; stepchildren Joe Roberson of Michigan, Vanita Paulson of Meeteetse, David N. Roberson of Meeteetse, and Susan Roberson of Cody. He has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were the delight of his life.
He loved to fly model airplanes and was a member of the Wyoming Sagebrush Hoppers model airplane club. He enjoyed cutting firewood and photographing his grandchildren and other Wyoming wildlife. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.
Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Meeteetse at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. Donations may be made to Meeteetse Senior Center or Spirit Mountain Hospice. An online memorial is available at www.BallardFH.com.