Born on May 19, 1941 in Cape Sandy, Indiana
Departed December 5, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida
Lester L. Jones, 81, a long term resident of Melbourne, Florida died December 5, 2022 at Holmes Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
He was born in 1941 in Cape Sandy, Indiana. He joined the Navy and met Kathy, the love of his life after a blind date. He spent over 20 years in the Navy taking his family to many states and countries like Iceland, Antigua and the Bahamas. After retiring from the Navy, he moved his Family to Melbourne and began working in the test lab at Patrick Air Force Base.
Lester was an avid hunter, fisherman, farmer, explorer and a great husband and parent. He was a Deacon in his church. He would help anyone with anything he could and was always willing to lend a hand.
Lester is survived by his wife of 61 years Kathy Jones; son Vernon (Ivette) Jones, daughter Rebecca Austin, son Jared (Racheal) Jones; grandchildren Erik, Jeffrey, Daphnie, Stephanie, Kyle, Jace, Remi, Lochlan and baby boy on the way; great grandchildren Olivia, Elena, Luca, Tabitha, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Elijah and Ellianna.
He was preceded by his parents Florence and Max; siblings William, Kenneth, Jesse, Marjorie and Marlin.
Friends may call from 4 pm until time of service at 5 pm on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Ave., Melbourne, Florida 32901.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Church of Christ, 810 Hollywood Boulevard, West Melbourne, Florida 32904 or the American Cancer Society:
from Dracut, MA wrote on April 3, 2023:
Growing up with my dad, he had a lot of patience with me. He taught me all kinds of things like how to build things like skateboard ramps, how to cut different materials using specific tool, how to drive a manual truck, how to shoot a gun and much more. The one thing that I always noticed about him was the patience he always had with me. Not once did he ever blow me off to not teach me or would get upset because I wasn’t learning how he wanted me to, but I always wondered how he grew that patience. I also remember how Grandpa Jones taught me a few things. He taught me how to weld and sight in my scope for my gun and he was just as patient as dad was with me. I remember when he taught me how to weld, he took a couple of pieces of metal and welded some of it together and explained how it all worked. After that, he showed me and had me weld a few pieces together. Of course, I screwed it up and Grandpa Jones just laughed and said to try again. I remember he looked at the first tack weld I did, he leaned forward raised his glasses up and just chuckled and said “yup, keep trying”. After a while, I was able to get the hang of it. I remember he helped me weld a skating rail together. We took measurements of how long and how high I wanted it, and he helped me cut it as well. When he was showing me how to sight my scope, again, it was try again, adjust this, adjust that, there you go. Now if anyone knows Grandpa Jones, they will know that he had all the patience in the world and he would drop what he was doing at the drop of a hat, just so that he could help you with what you needed. Grandpa Jones’s passing left everyone with something, and to me he left the most valuable gift that a man could have, patience. I now see where my dad got it all from, my grandpa. I could tell over the years that he meant the world to my dad, and he graced him with the patience. I’m glad that I didn’t only get it from my dad, but I was also able to learn it from my grandfather. My dad wanted to be just like his dad, and I want to be just like my dad. I want to have that same patience with my wife that my dad had with my mom. I want to have the same patience with my daughter and my son just like my dad had with me. Even though Grandpa Jones is no longer with us, he is still in our hearts and a piece of him will always and forever be with me. I love him and miss him so much and I truly wish I could be there to celebrate his memorial.
Mike and Brenda Diskin
from Huntsville. Tx 77320 wrote on December 10, 2022:
We pray God’s comfort on the family. Lester and Kathy helped start churches in Antigua with us. Although he will be missed here, he is celebrating in heaven at the feet of Jesus.
Ronnie &Debra Forrest
from Palm bay Florida wrote on December 9, 2022:
It was sure a pleasure to have gotten to know Lester ..Both Lester and Kathy are a amazing couple .we will miss Lester he was a very kind and loving man who made us feel very welcome at Church of christ and in his home .We feel blessed to have had him as a friend
from lakeland wrote on December 8, 2022:
Mr jones gave me my first job me and Vernon and Randy ran amok on eleuthera for many years and Mrs Jones made the best chocolate bread pudding ever between the chief and my dad they could fix anything
Lester always.chewing.on a a toothpick great man and proud to know him
from ENGLISH wrote on December 8, 2022:
fly high you will be missed
from Melbourne wrote on December 7, 2022:
My dear father-in-law Lester, I still can't believe you're gone. I know you are in a better place now. I will miss you very much. May you rest in peace!
from West Melbourne wrote on December 7, 2022:
I worked with Lester for many years at the Patrick AFB Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory and he was always helpful and inspirational to be around. If you had a problem, he was always available to help with technical expertise or to research parts or manuals. I missed his helpfulness after his forced retirement, layoff, and being able to stay in contact with him as he and Kathy traveled between Indiana and Florida. Rest easy and say hello to my wife as you enter the Pearly Gates.
from Huntsville TX wrote on December 7, 2022:
Rest in peace uncle Lester, always looked up to him loved his endless engineering of making things better with what was available
Vargas Figueroa Family
from Melbourne wrote on December 6, 2022:
Although we did not meet this wonderful man, we have heard only amazing things and how much he meant to his kids. My family is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Jones. May his soul Rest In Peace and praying that God provides the peace and comfort needed to all his loved ones.
from Melbourne Beach wrote on December 6, 2022:
Lester was one of the kind man, always had a smile and a friendly word to share. A true man of God, he will be missed
A sister in Christ. Ute
Charles D Arnett
from Winter Harbor wrote on December 6, 2022:
I thought even though I never had the opportunity to work for you, I always respected you.You were a teacher as well as a leader.Chiefs like you helped me to have a sucessful naval career.Your leadership skills were off the Chart 4.0 always. Thank you so very much. Your Shipmate Charles D.Arnett MSCM(SW) retired.My thoughts and Prayers are with all of your Family.
Rebecca J Austin
from Melbourne wrote on December 6, 2022:
Thank you for being such a wonderful daddy! I love you forever.
Jared, Racheal, Jace, Remi, Lochlan, and baby Jones
wrote on December 6, 2022:
He was the best dad, father-in-love, and PePaw we could have asked for. We will talk about him to the boys all the time to keep his memory alive.
from Godfrey, Illinois wrote on December 6, 2022:
Dad was a good man and helped everybody and there wasn't much he didn't know how to do. He lived a good healthy life and was a good example to all. I will miss him.
from Melbourne Florida wrote on December 6, 2022:
This obituary doesn't cover the smallest part of how much I will miss my Dad. He wasn't just my Dad he was my friend and my backup and my teacher. He was my example of how to live my life and how to treat people. Him and my Mom are the reason I am the person I am today.
from Simpson, NC wrote on December 6, 2022:
Rebecca and Family,
So sorry to heard about your dad. Loved meeting your family. He was such a nice and kind person. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Blessings to all.
from Jacksonville wrote on December 6, 2022:
My deepest condolences to the Jones family.
May your beautiful memories of Mr. Jones bring you comfort at such a sad time. I had the pleasure of meeting the family when our families were stationed together on Eleuthera, Bahamas. Vernon and Rebecca were school mates of mine and close friends; Mrs. Jones was my Girls Scout leader. I always remember Mr Jones being busy doing things with Vernon and always helping out anyone who needed it with a multitude of things! My own Dad always spoke highly of Mr. Jones, and was thrilled when he went to work at PAFB after his Navy retirement.
Rest in heavenly peace Mr. Jones, you are loved and will be greatly missed by so many; you touched many lives along your way.
Fair winds and following seas~ ⚓️