Richard R. "Dick" Jones, 97, a longtime resident of Powell and Cody, died Aug. 20, 2008, at Powell Valley Healthcare following surgery.
Dick was born Sept. 5, 1910, the third of six children of Alfred and Elsa Jones. His early years were spent on the family homestead east of Billings on the Huntley Project. He graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1928.
Dick was proud of his Swedish ancestry. Both of his parents emigrated from Sweden to the U.S., became naturalized citizens and homesteaded on the Huntley Project in 1907. He visited Sweden several times and formed close ties with relatives. He took all five of his grandchildren to visit their Swedish relatives.
As a young man, he worked for the railroad and delivered milk in Billings. Shortly thereafter, he started his first trucking company with a partner in Casper. In 1932 he married his high school sweetheart, Estes "Jackie" Clarke. To this marriage children Nancy, Alan and Tom were born.
Estes died in 1984 and he married Evelyn Nelson in 1987.
In 1935 he purchased a one-truck freight company in Powell and established a trucking company that continues to operate today as Dick Jones Trucking. He was active in the business at its Cody location until he returned to Powell in 2001. He enjoyed working with his son, grandson and granddaughter in the family-run business.
After returning to Powell, he enjoyed daily visits to the office. He continued the visits until one week prior to his death.
The lack of formal higher education never held him back. When an acquaintance told Dick that he was the luckiest man alive, he responded, "Yes I am, the harder I work, the luckier I am."
Dick served on the Powell City Council and was Mayor of Powell. In 1955 he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives and in 1957 he was elected to the Wyoming Senate. He served until 1974 when he resigned and became a candidate for governor of Wyoming. He served as Senate President in 1967-68. While serving in the Legislature, he was appointed to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education by then-Gov. Stan Hathaway.
He participated in the formation of Northwest Community College and served on the original board of trustees. He also was instrumental in the formation of the NWCC Foundation and served on the board of directors.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn, daughter Nancy (Tom) Cook, son Alan (Alayne) Jones, son Tom (Barbara Costa) Jones, grandchildren Pam Ruehle, Rick Cook, Carol Zierk, LeAnne Kindred and Mitch Jones, 10 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, sister Ruby Snyder and sister-in-law Alma Jones, both of Huntley, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Bob Jones, and sisters Irene Hauf and Lois Weidinger.
Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery.
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