Tyson Hamel Jones


On Monday afternoon, September 16, 2013, Tyson Hamel Jones, 91, went to be with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Tyson was a lifetime resident of Aberdeen and member of the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church.

Tyson was born on Christmas Day, 1921 to Edgar Russell and Kathryn Alleman (Hamel) Jones in Aberdeen. He graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1939 and then attended one year at Washington State College in Pullman. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 where he maintained and repaired B-17’s during the war while stationed at the pilot training center in Phoenix Arizona and was Honorably Discharged in November 1945. It was during his stint in the Army Air Corps that he married the love of his life, Ione Clarice Andersen, on January 9, 1943 in Oakland, Calif. She passed away on February 24, 2004.

Tyson worked as a carpenter and coordinated the completion of construction of the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church in the early 50’s. He then worked for Arnie Holm Construction building single family homes throughout the Harbor area. He built a family home on Shamrock Drive in 1955 where he and Ione raised their four children and resided there until 2008. He completed his career as a carpenter and foreman for Franciscovich Construction from 1968 until his retirement in 1984.

Tyson was a member of the Carpenters Union, Local 129, Aberdeen Elks Lodge, Aberdeen VFW and a lifetime member of Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church where served as an elder for over 40 years. He enjoyed playing his trumpet and had been a member of the Aberdeen Bobcats Band in high school, Washington State College Band and the Aberdeen Elks Band. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially at the family cabin on Lake Nahwatzel. He also enjoyed picking wild blackberries, river fishing, clamming and singing in the church choir.

Tyson is survived by three sons, Kirk and his wife, Penny of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Steve and his wife, Paula of Cosmopolis, Wash., and Edgar and his wife, Gwen of Olympia, Wash.; a daughter, Kathy and her husband, Ken Read of Anacortes, Wash.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell and a sister, Elizabeth.

There will be a celebration of Tyson’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. A message of condolence or of a memory can be left for the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen.