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  • Remembering Rufus Jones

    by Senator Rob Portman

    Posted on 2014-12-13

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    PORTMAN. Mr. President, I wish to offer a tribute to my uncle, Rufus [[Page S6817]] Jones, who died last week at age 88. He was a dear friend, a devoted husband and father of six, and a WW II veteran who was a member of the ``greatest generation.'' In fact, he signed up for the Navy straight out of high school. He went back to school at Purdue after the war and got a degree in mechanical engineering and went on to a career in business. He also served his community in many ways, including being a member of the vestry at his church and a member of the Worthington, OH School Board.

    I remember him as an uncle who always had a smile on his face and never had an unpleasant word for anyone, as a friend later in life, and as a stalwart supporter of mine.

    Today, I was home in Ohio to attend the visitation and funeral of my uncle. I regret that I was absent from procedural votes, but had I not given him a proper farewell, I would have regretted that more. He will be missed.


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