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Rockney  William Jones

Obituary for Rockney William Jones

July 5, 1946 - November 24, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 71


On November 24, 2017, Rockney William Jones lost his battle against a sudden and unexpected illness. He was 71. Rockney was born in Austin on July 5, 1946. His father was a WWII fighter pilot and career Air Force officer. Rockney's family lived in Ohio, New Mexico, Idaho and California in the United States, and overseas in the Philippines and Okinawa.

Upon his father's retirement, Rockney's family returned to Austin where he graduated from Travis High School in 1964, and the University of Texas in 1970, with a BA in sociology, minor in government. While in college and after, Rockney served in the National Guard. After graduation, he worked in managerial positions at Service Typesetting and Printing, Dillard Graphics, Hart Graphics, National Educational Laboratory Publishers and Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. During this time he established an after-hours publishing company, AAR Tantalus, Inc., with a friend and coworker. They published several books, most notably what has now become a collector's item, Life on Waller Creek by Joe Jones. In 1993, Rockney joined National Instruments in Austin. He served as Global Literature Fulfillment Manager, traveling often to Ireland and Japan. He retired in 2013.

Rockney had many interests, and surprising knowledge about arcane topics. He enjoyed learning about social issues, politics, American Indian art, archeology, and (his passion) Japanese art and antiques. He and his wife enjoyed treasure hunting at estate sales, flea markets, and antique shops. Rockney and Jeanne also enjoyed watching old movies, as well as PBS documentaries, British mysteries and British comedies.

Rockney is survived by his wife, Jeanne Philquist; dear siblings Catherine Fohn, Bruce and David Jones; loving brother and sister in-law Chris Hartye and Steve Pacey, 13 caring nieces and nephews, and many supportive cousins. Rockney and Jeanne were lovers, soul mates, partners in crime, and best friends for 41 years.

He was a strong, fair-minded, perceptive and endearing man who was cherished by family and friends. He had a wry sense of humor. His tenants referred to him as "our beloved landlord."

A memorial and celebration of Rockney's life will be January 14, 2018, from 2-4pm, at the Daniel C. Caswell House, 1404 West Ave, Austin.

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