Dennis E. Jones
February 16, 1951 ‒ December 01, 2011
Dennis Edward Jones of Scottsdale, Arizona died unexpectedly on December 1st while visiting his sister and her family in Hillsborough, California.
Dennis was born on February 16, 1951, in Galion, Ohio to the late Edward H. and June D. Dougherty Jones. Anyone fortunate enough to know Dennis knew his or her heart had been touched by his warmth and loving personality. Dennis had the special gift of making friends and family feel important, and his quick smile and hearty hugs are traits that will be remembered forever.
Dennis attended Galion High School and graduated in 1969 with numerous tennis awards and trophies. His tennis talents won him a scholarship to Rio Grande College in Rio Grande, Ohio. After two years, he transferred to Arizona State University, where he graduated with a BA in English. While in Arizona, Dennis was privileged to meet and play tennis with the legendary Arthur Ashe. Besides his tennis skills, Dennis’s billiards finesse was highly admired and a pool game usually ended with a big smile and a thick wallet! Dennis was also an avid golfer who was looking forward to returning to San Francisco and attending the U.S Open Championship in 2012. Some of Dennis’s favorite pastimes included attending professional basketball games, Ohio State football games, and music concerts, especially those by Grand Funk Railroad, Pink Floyd, Lionel Richey, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Who.
Dennis’s professional career was in airfreight forwarding, where he started in operations at CF AirFreight in 1981, followed by a position as Sales Manager of BAX Global in Los Angeles. He later became franchise owner and general manager of Pilot Air Freight in Phoenix. In 1991, he founded RK Express “RK” represents his sons’ first name initials and was CEO of that company for the past ten years.
Dennis loved to be with his family and always enjoyed any family function. He is survived by his two adoring sons, Ryan and Kyle of Tempe, Arizona, and five siblings: Diana David Beatson of Hillsborough, California, Daniel Lake, of Phoenix, Arizona, David Ann Jones of Brandon, Florida, Melinda Jones Mike Nicholls of Galion, Ohio, Babs Jones Andrew Cashetta, of Scottsdale, Arizona, nine nephews, and one niece. Dennis was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Ann Jones.
Friends may call on Sunday, December 11, 2011, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a vigil service from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in Galion. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, December 12, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Galion, Ohio officiated by Father John Miller and Deacon Greg Kirk assisting.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dennis E. Jones Tennis Scholarship Fund set up for Galion High School college-bound seniors, c/o Melinda Nicholls, 360 Laughbaum Drive, Galion, Ohio 44833.