Gainesville – Thomas (Ted) Jones, 84, of Gainesville, FI. Ted was born on December
20, 1928 in Memphis, TN and grew up in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his wife, Gwen,
his daughter Vanessa Uelmen (John) (Alexandria, VA), grandsons Geoffrey and
Christopher, sister Marea (Boise, ID), brother-in-law Keith (Somerset, UK) and
daughter-in-law Christine (Kansas City, MO). Ted was preceded in death by his son,
After attending the University of Chicago for two years, he enlisted in the US Army
during the Korean confl.ict and served for 3 years. In 1960 he decided to pursue a
career in academia and earned his PhD in German Literature at the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor. Subsequently, he was a professor of German Literature and
Linguistics at Ripon College, Ripon, WI for 33 years until his retirement. A true believer
in commitment to public service, Ted was elected to the Ripon, WI city council and later
was elected Mayor of Ripon. He also served as a public member on the State of
Wisconsin Board of Nursing.
Arrangements for a remembrance gathering are pending. For those who so desire,
donations can be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.