Melvin Charles `Mel' Jones, 90

Bethlehem Steel manager

January 19, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Melvin Charles "Mel" Jones, a former Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager and volunteer, died of heart failure Jan. 12 at Dove House Hospice in Westminster. The former Rosedale resident was 90.

Mr. Jones was born in Canton and moved with his family in 1925 to eastern Baltimore County. He was a 1934 graduate of Kenwood High School and later earned an associate's degree from the former Essex Community College. He worked at Sparrows Point until enlisting in the Army in 1940, and spent the early war years touring the nation with the U.S. Savings Bonds Military Show, which urged Americans to buy war bonds.

Mr. Jones spent two years of the war in Europe until he was discharged in 1945. He returned to Sparrows Point, where he worked until retiring in the early 1960s because of heart problems.

He was active in the political campaigns of Rep. Helen Delich Bentley and various senior citizens groups. At Franklin Square Hospital Center, he accumulated more than 1,200 volunteer hours working in the physical therapy department. He also volunteered at his college's theater arts program.

Mr. Jones, who moved to Westminster in 2003, was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Louise Blische; a daughter, Dorothy L. Furney of Westminster; two sisters, Catherine Thorn of Dundalk and Marie Schehlein of Parkville; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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