Long time Antioch community volunteer, Smoky Jones passes, memorial Saturday

Smoky Jones conductor Long time Antioch community volunteer, Smoky Jones passes, memorial Saturday

JOSEPH W. JONES

SMOKY”

November 14, 1923- February 24, 2014

Born in Utah and raised in Boise, Idaho, Smoky came to Antioch with wife Jody Jones to work for the then new DuPont plant, in 1956. After 26 years with DuPont he retired in 1982. Known for the many charities they volunteered for, the couple was known for always volunteering as a couple. Together they were nominated as Citizens of the Year for many years of work with the Cancer Society, Delta Learning Center, The Senior Center Buses, the Antioch Garden Club, the Antioch Historical Society and the Antioch Friends of the Animals and animal shelter.

Smoky Jones train 244x300 Long time Antioch community volunteer, Smoky Jones passes, memorial SaturdaySmoky was known as the “Train Man”, having built a wonderful model train layout in his home and much train memorabilia in his garden. Much of the trains have been donated to the Black Diamond Line Train Club on Fulton Shipyard Road and to the Antioch Historical Society. As in life, several charities have already benefitted from their estate. Smoky lost his wife Jody to cancer in 2012 after 60 years of marriage. He was preceeded in death by his wife, 2 sisters, his parents and a son in 1977. He is survived by a daughter, Marsha Habberstad of Idaho and a granddaughter he never knew, Jody Jones Marquette of Idaho, cousins, nieces, nephews and his sister in-law Betty Berg.

His friends and family will gather at the Red Caboose on Fulton Shipyard Road on Saturday, April 12 at 1 P.M. to celebrate his life and their lives as a couple. Smoky actually wired the Caboose and befriended Jim Boccio to help him restore the Caboose when Jim first brought it to the Fulton shipyard location. Smoky was anything and everything about trains and his one great love, Jody.

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One Comment to “Long time Antioch community volunteer, Smoky Jones passes, memorial Saturday”

  1. Arne says:

    Smokey will be sorely missed. We became great friends when he found out that my grandfather worked for the Great Northern Railroad :)

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