Harper Llewellyn Jones

Born: Sun., Mar. 8, 1925
Died: Thu., Nov. 26, 2015


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Dec. 03, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary


Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Fri., Dec. 04, 2015
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


Interment following funeral service

Location: Olney Cemetery


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Harper Llewellyn Jones DDS MS

Harper Llewellyn Jones passed away on November 26, 2015 from natural causes. 

He was born on March 8, 1925 in Great Falls, Montana to William Harper Jones and Miriam Callaway.  He moved to Helena, Montana at an early age and graduated from Helena High School in 1943.  He was fond of telling stories of growing up in Helena and recounting the mischief he and his childhood friends would cause.

               He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 in the V5 program.  He was to be trained as a pilot but the Navy eventually had other needs for him.  He finished the war as a fleet radioman in Mississippi and then was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota when it was discovered he could type.  He spent the next year mustering men out of the Navy and eventually returned to Helena when he was released from the Navy in 1946.  He returned to life in Helena and using the GI Bill he attended and graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Biochemistry. 

               While visiting with some friends in Missoula he met a young lady named Arleathe (Lea) Marie Zuelke.  They were married on October 11, 1952 in Helena. 

               Harper applied to the Loyola Dental School in Chicago and was accepted for entrance in the fall of 1954.   Graduating in 1958, Harper and Lea returned to Helena where Harper worked as a dentist for the next 8 years.  Their three children were born in Helena. 

               Harper decided to become an orthodontist which required 2 more years of school and a move to Wisconsin to attend Marquette University.  He graduated in 1968 and contemplated a move back to Helena yet did not due to potentially competing with his Uncle Walter also an Orthodontist whom he admired.

               A former dental school classmate, John McBee, contacted Harper and the move to Pendleton, Oregon followed.  Harper and Lea raised their children in Pendleton.  Over the years Harper served the community in many ways.  He was active in Kiwanis and served as the Chairman of the Airport Commission for years.  He was president of the Oregon Pilot’s Association local chapter and professionally served as President of the Oregon Society of Dentistry for Children.  He earned a pilot’s license in order to combat a fear of flying that had developed over the years.  He flew all over the Northwest with his family and also would ferry friends when the need arose.  He was an avid skier throughout his life and dearly loved traveling to Hawaii with his family. 

               Harper is survived by Lea his wife of 63 years, a brother Beezie (Sandy), his sons Harper II (Kimberley), Wells (Merika) and daughter Jean Watkins (Brian) as well as 2 grandsons and 4 granddaughters.   He will be dearly missed.

               There will be a Rosary at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton on December 3rd at 7:00 pm followed on Friday December 4th by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church in Pendleton, interment will follow at Olney Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Outreach, Hospice or the Pendleton Foundation.  Sign the online condolence book at www.BurnsMortuary.com   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.  

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The Nelson Family
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of Harper's passing. I will always remember his humor and jokes. We were blessed to know him. Prayers of peace and comfort to all of you.

Tonya Trollier-Ridenour
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Jones passing! He was always so kind and genuine with me. I so loved visiting with the whole Jones family and laughing, always laughing! Thanks to all of you for the wonderful memories. I am complimented on my smile and I have to thank Dr. Jones for that! He will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for so many wonderful and joyful memories! Sending much love and hugs to you all-Tonya

Robin (Moore) Fitzmorris
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
So sorry to hear of Harper's passing. I was friends with Jean and enjoyed spending time at the Jones home and all the humor and bantering that went on in their home. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time

Ted and Cindy Biddle
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
Sorry for your loss. May he be at Peace.

Jan Leonard
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
To the Harper Jones Family may I send my condolences.. What a great man he was and his legacy is one to be proud of.. Bless you each one during this difficult time in knowing of his love for his Lord and that he may rest in peace.. Im thinking of you at this time. What a great family ..
Jan Leonard

Michele Ashbeck (Walborn)
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the family. Harper was a great man and touched the lives of many. He will be greatly missed, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

John Engle
   Posted Thu December 03, 2015
From OSDC trips, to parties, to observing Harper and Beezie trying to outdo each other with pirate jokes - the great memories are flowing today. Would that we all be remembered as fondly as Harper. Shelley and I send our prayers to Lea and the family for the peace that comes from these great memories.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Thu December 03, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tedde White Holcomb
   Posted Fri December 11, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Jones will always be remembered in my family especially by my daughter, Julie when we look at her gorgeous smile and think of his teasing and urging her to take care of her teeth in braces!!
She sent him her grad picture in a thank you note addressed to "Dr. Jones in the Temple of Doom"! He called her and they had a great laugh together! She was 17 then and now is 39 with a son in braces! God bless your family with more sweet memories.

Tiffany Clement (Harrison)
   Posted Tue January 05, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. "Dr. Jones" was an amazing man and has left a place in my heart for him always. May peace be with you and your family.

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