Harry David Jones, 89, of Carlisle, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center in Carlisle.
Born Oct. 25, 1922, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Thomas O. and Hilda Anderson Jones. He was the husband of the late Valerie “Petie” Shorb Jones, his very loving, religious wife of 47 years, who died in 1992.
In 1930, when Harry was 8 years old, his mother died. He, his sister, and three older brothers were raised by their father, who died after Harry’s graduation from high school in 1940. Following high school, Harry joined the U.S. government’s Civilian Conservation Corps, and was sent to the state of Washington to perform reforestation duties. In 1941 he began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a fingerprint classifier.
After World War II began, Harry joined the United States Navy as an aviation cadet in November 1942. He and other cadets were sent to Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., for morning classes in navigation, engines and physics. Afternoons were spent in Waynesboro for flight training. It was during this time that Harry met Valerie “Petie” Shorb of Emmitsburg. He corresponded with her throughout the war years. They married in 1946 after the war ended. Their wedding took place in the Catholic Chapel at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. Father McMahan, who served with Harry aboard the USS Hornet, conducted the service.
During World War II, Harry served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre as a combat pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Gold Star, Air Medal with two Gold Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Award with two Battle Stars, and the World War II Victory Ribbon.
After the war, Harry returned to work with the FBI as a Radio Communication Officer. He attended night classes at Southeastern University, earned a degree in accounting, and was subsequently appointed Special Agent with the Bureau. After a distinguished career of 20 years, he retired from the FBI in 1976. Harry was a past member of the Former Agents of the FBI, the Tailhook Association, Fist of the Fleet Association, USS Hornet Association, the Elks, the Moose, the American Legion and the VFW.
Surviving are his daughters, Sandra Membrino, of Media, Donna Sue Moyer and husband, Steve, of Haddonfield, N.J., Shelly Schubert and husband, Dave, of Aldie, Va., and Sally Ann Currie and husband, William, of Carlisle; grandchildren, Dylan Membrino and wife, Mariah, Carter Membrino and wife, Kristin, Jesse Levine, Andrew and Vincent Logan, and Clara and Emma Currie; great-grandson, Lucas Membrino; and long-time companion, Maria Dickerson of Fairfax County, Va. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Osborne and Ernest Jones.
Harry often expressed to friends, family and the Lord his gratitude that the Lord had blessed him with a loving wife, loving children and grandchildren, an exciting career, good health and a long life.
Funeral arrangements are private. A celebration service will be announced at a later time. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, MD, 21236. Arrangements are by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Emmitsburg, MD. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.myersdurborawfh.com.