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Nov. 5, 1946 to Nov. 9, 2022

Richard W. “Rick” Jones, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Chapin, South Carolina, after a lengthy Illness. He is now with his beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Richard William Jones was born on Nov. 5, 1946, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Bill W. and Adelle (Morgenson) Jones. Rick attended Bartlesville’s College High School, graduating in 1965. He then attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with honors with a double major in Business and Marketing from the College of Business in 1969. He married Linda Walker in January, 1969.

After joining his father Bill in the real estate business at W.W. Jones Company in Bartlesville for several years, Rick and his wife joined the Ecumenical Institute in 1972. Initially commissioned by the World Council of Churches and based in Chicago, the Ecumenical Institute later launched a sister organization, the Institute of Cultural Affairs, an international movement for community development, particularly in third world areas. They spent 18 years as missionaries of sorts, doing international community development, fund-raising, and media productions for the Institute, all over the world. Their community development efforts included facilitating local underserved and marginalized areas to solve their own economic, famine, health, potable drinking water, and other difficulties with help from Institute personnel. From Tulsa to Houston to Portland, Maine to Majuro in the Marshall Islands, to Chicago, and finally to Caracas, Venezuela, they worked for the betterment of the people in their project areas. Rick also did numerous international media presentations for the institute. For international fund-raising and awareness conferences, he had the opportunity to work with Oprah Winfrey, Ben Kingsley, and Sir Richard Attenborough, among others.

After retiring from the ICA in 1990, they relocated to Boulder, Colorado, and Rick again made his career in Real Estate. After spending a few years back in Bartlesville to look after his mom, Adelle, he returned to the Denver area right around the millennium. There he met his current wife, Cherice Kjosness and the couple made their home in Thornton, Colorado. After retiring, Rick and Cherice moved to Chapin, S.C. to be closer to Cherice’s family.

Rick was pre-deceased by his parents, Bill and Adelle Jones, one brother, Don F. Jones, and one niece, Beverly Jones. He is survived by his wife, Cherice Kjosness, of Chapin, S.C., two daughters, Rachel and Teresa, both of the Denver area, his sister, Jan Adelle (Jones) Evans, of Missouri, and 5 grandchildren.

Small informal gatherings of family and friends are being planned in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Chapin, S.C.; and Denver, Colorado. For the Bartlesville gathering, please call Jan at 918-914-2737 for details/directions.

Posted online on January 06, 2023