In Loving Memory of



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.

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6 Responses

  1. Tobin J Stozer at · Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Vanessa and amily.

    1. Eric and Ann Marie Godfrey at · Reply

      For the funeral home only, not for display — the name of the first commenter is misspelled. The last name is “Storzer”, not “Stozer.” He is from Ripon, and I had him in class, so I know the name. He’d probably appreciate your correcting it.

  2. Eric and Ann Marie Godfrey at · Reply

    Ted was a wonderful and always sympathetic colleague for me and was kind in helping Ann Marie and I settle in to our residence and my teaching career at Ripon College. I have often missed his presence since his retirement some years back, and now will miss him all the more. Gwen, please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss.
    Eric and Ann Marie

  3. Tom Oyster at · Reply

    Dear Gwen,

    We certainly have missed Ted’s and your presence at Ripon. I did thoroughly enjoyed our friendship. I remember Ted’s innovative spirit (he was the first MAC Plus on campus) making a positive contribution to the academic program at the College as well as a good friend.
    My very best thoughts go with you.

  4. Mark Lindquist at · Reply

    Ted was a good colleague, friend and neighbor when Diane and I lived on Oak Street in Ripon, and he was the only friend who didn’t claim back trouble when I asked for help moving to our house in the woods near Green Lake! Another special memory is the night Ted and I got Bill Stott out of bed to get the screech owl out of the Jones’ bathroom! And Diane and I so enjoyed sharing in Vanessa’s wedding.

    Diane and I send our deepest condolences to Gwen and her family.

  5. Arthur Harriman at · Reply

    Helga and I were saddened to learn that Ted has passed away. We remember how
    Ted was as committed to building a better society as he was to his profession of teaching, In both realms, he excelled .

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