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Russell G. “Russ” Jones

Posted on 02 March 2017 by editor

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Russell G. “Russ” Jones, 91, of Omaha, died February 25, 2017. He was born September 26, 1925.

Russ served at Grace University for over 35 years as a professor, registrar and librarian. After retirement, he pastored Immanuel Church in Lincoln. Russ also served as an interim pastor at many other churches in Nebraska and Iowa.

Survivors: wife of 68 years, Ruth; children, Susan (Brad) Brown, Judith (Craig) Fuller; Russell (Ellen) Jones, Jr., and Rebecca (Steven) White; grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Nathaniel, James, Rachel, Caleb, Kathryn, Samuel and Michael; great-grandchildren, Norah, Graham, Philippa, Fletcher, Henry, Martin and Oliver. Preceded in death by parents, Alva and Alma Jones; three brothers and one sister.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve Pelphrey Says:

    Russell Jones was an example to me of a great servant leader, always humble yet firm in his beliefs, he inspired me during my years of service at Grace University.

  2. Anton Wagenhoffer Says:

    Russell Jones was my favorite Bible teacher. In spite of his sometimes puzzling grading system and dogmatism, he gave us a Biblical foundation to build on, and the Biblical knowledge to build on it.

    Allow me to relate some illustrations from the early sixties;
    One day shortly after mid term exams, a son of an administrator came storming into Schmidt Hall. “Look what I got in my exam” he exclaimed!” “An F!!” This fellow was a good student, but seemingly not good enough in Mr. Jones’ class. When he went to see Mr. Jones about his grade, Mr. Jones dryly responded; “You don’t deserve any better; show me what you can do from now on, and we’ll see what will happen.” His final grade was an A.

    On another occasion, he stormed into class in the Zukau chapel balcony clutching some paters. “Who gave you this rubbish” he demanded? The person turned out to be a personal prof friend. When told, Mr. Jones replied, “I don’t care who wrote it, it simply is rubbish!”

    I am thankful to God to have studied under Mr. Jones.

    Anton Wagenhoffer

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