WATERTOWN, NY — The funeral service for Edwin Dudley Jones, Jr., will be noon Monday, Sept. 16, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Kiddo officiating. Burial will be held at a date and time convenient to the family. Calling hours will precede the service at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 am.
Dudley passed away at Samaritan Medical Center Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. He was 90 years old.
Born Jan. 12, 1929, in Watertown, a son to Edwin Sr. and Ruth (Brown) Jones. Following his high school education, he joined the United States Army on Sept. 20, 1946. While in the Army Dudley served with the 82nd Airborne, the 88th Infantry, and the 504th Infantry Regiment. He was honorably discharged March 12, 1948.
Following his discharge, Dudley worked at the New York Air Brake as a machinist and in 1954 worked as a civil engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation winning many awards with the DOT, retiring in 1991.
On Aug. 24, 1954. he married Berniece Ring at Watertown’s First Baptist Church, Rev. Johns officiating.
Dudley was a bit of a daredevil and enjoyed dirt-bikes, motocross, mountain bikes, motorcycles, scuba diving, 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, go-karts and car racing. He held a pilot’s license, also built and raced his own boats. He collected numerous trophies and awards.
He was a member of the VFW, NRA, and Watertown Sportsmen’s Club.
He is survived by his wife, Berniece A. “Beanie” (Ring) Jones; his children Steven C., Ryan R., D. Casey, and a daughter Amy L. Spies; his grandchildren, Nickolaus D., William L. Spies 2nd, Carey L. Spies, Adam R. Spies, Deborah A. Spies, Andrew J. Spies, Casey A. and Jared A. Jones.
Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made online at www.reedbenoit.com