John S. Jones
Lydia Melinda Shuler
William Peter Beecher
Louella May Creek
Walter Shuler Jones
Ruth Irene Beecher
Walter Earl Jones


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Walter Earl Jones 1 2 3

  • Born: 15 Apr 1925, Norristown, Montgomery, PA 2 3
  • Died: 7 Apr 1987 at age 61 2 3
  • Buried: 9 Apr 1987, Ambler: Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Montgomery, PA 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Philadelphia Inquirer: Couple Burned To Death as Fire Sweeps Home. Son Is Rescued., 2 Apr 1954, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 1 Walter S. Jones, 62, a paper company sales manager, and his wife, Ruth, 54, died of burns and smoke inhalation yesterday when a slow-burning fire destroyed a section of the first floor of their home in Plymouth Valley, near Norristown. The body of Jones, clad in pajamas, was found near a closed window in a bedroom at the rear. His wife's body, badly burned, was in the living room, where the fire was centered. Their son, Walter, 29, who hurried to the scene from his apartment in Norristown when a neighbor telephoned, was rescued when he became trapped after entering the smoke-filled dwelling in a futile attempt to save his parents.
Jones was employed by the Westfleld River Paper Co., West Conshohocken. Both he and his wife were amateur golfers, playing mostly in competition at the Plymouth Country Club, where they were members.
The fire was discovered at 6:30 A. M. by Mrs. Vivian Hutelmyer, who was driving to work when she noticed smoke pouring from the fire-floor windows. She hammered at the front door and windows and when she got no response ran next door to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald William L. Rafsky,
Mrs Rafsky telephoned an alarm to the Norristown police radio center, then called the younger Jones at his apartment at 1205 W. Oak St., Norristown. The fire companies were sent to the scene. Also responding were Police Sgt. Vito Fusco and Patrolman Hugh Byrne.
Firemen broke open the front door but were driven back by the dense smoke and flames. About the same time they heard the son shouting "Mother! Mother!"
Young Jones had climbed a ladder and entered a second floor window. Firemen wearing gas masks followed him into the building and found him reeling in the second-floor bedroom. Jones and his wife, the former Ruth Beecher, sold their home in East Norriton township about a year ago and moved to the Plymouth Valley residence.


1 <i>Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 2 Apr 1954, page 33.

2, <i>U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007</i> (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 206-16-6217 Walter Earl Jones, b. 15 Apr 1925 father Walter S. Jones, mother Ruth Beecher.

3, <i>Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012</i> (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Walter Jones, b. 15 Apr 1925 d. 7 Apr 1987 Coast Guard WWII.

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