Douglas Albert Jones
Fortified with Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Carolyn (Osterholt), daughters Emily Gardiner (Matt), Allison Newton (Steve), Leslie Flatgard (Ben) and grandchildren Courtney, Catherine, Henry Gardiner and Von Flatgard.
Beloved son of the late Kenrick and Lois Jones, and oldest brother to Kenny (Ann), Bobby (Anne), Terry (June), Suzanne Collins (Dennis), Debbie Day (Larry), Lois Jones, Diane Osberghaus (the late Bill). Brother-in-law to Bob Osterholt (Michelle) and Bill Osterholt. Uncle to 19 nieces and nephews.
Doug attended (grades 4-12) and graduated from Chaminade College Prep. and then proudly graduated from Georgetown Univ. followed by SLU Law School. He was respected, far and wide, for his work at South Side Roofing, his leadership with the Roofing Contractors Assoc. of St. Louis, and his close alliance with Local #2 and the International Roofers Union in DC. He was a lawyer, contractor, negotiator, leader, mentor, volunteer, and friend.
He was dedicated to many organizations and various groups of friends, including the VP, Serra Club, his Sunday morning golf crew at Old Warson, the Ladue Fishing & Hunting Club, the Chaminade and Georgetown Alumni Associations, his multiple lunch groups, and many more. He knew no strangers, only friends. Doug’s Catholic faith was central to his life; daily, he prayed the rosary at Carmelite Monastery.
He made certain that his three daughters, whom he affectionately nicknamed Scooter, Sonny, and Buddy, always knew how proud he was of them.
In 2010 he survived a double-lung transplant in response to his Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis diagnosis. Later, he dedicated himself to bringing awareness to IPF through volunteer work, both locally and nationally, earning him the moniker “poster boy” of the BJC Pulmonary Department. The family owes a debt of gratitude to his lung donor, the late Blake Hampton, his Nurse Coodinator Stacie, and the entire Pulmonary Dept. at BJC for giving us an extra decade with our husband, Dad, and Poppy. Special thanks to Msgr. James Ramacciotti for his friendship, visits, and final farewell.
At the end of 2019, he experienced kidney failure and began the dialysis journey that led to his departure from Earth and journey to Heaven. His cowboy hat will be his trademark and his way of bringing groups together will be his everlasting legacy.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private, family ceremony and burial were held; a recording of the Funeral Mass can be found at Annunziata.org. To properly commemorate Doug, a party will be held at a later date to celebrate the life of this remarkable man.
In lieu of flowers, masses preferred or contributions in his honor to the Carmelite Monastery (9150 Clayton Rd, 63124), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org), or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (pulmonaryfibrosis.org).